Cruise don't bruise: B.C.'s Best Coastal Groomers
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Skiing and snowboarding on the West Coast isnt all about steep and deep. Along with all of the double blacks, chutes, gnarly bumps and other expert terrain available, B.C.s resorts offer some of the smoothest blue and green run groomers in the world. Which makes B.C. the perfect choice for an all-ages, all-ability levels winter snow sports vacation. For those whod rather cruise than bruise, here are some of our all-time favourite coastal groomers.
Every lift on Whistler Mountain has a minimum of two long intermediate corduroy trails at the top. And 35% of Whistler Blackcombs combined 200-plus runs (and 7,000 acres) are marked green for beginners. Theyre both excellent mountains for all skill levels.
Peak To Creek
The Peak to Creek chair takes you from the Roundhouse restaurant to the very top of Whistler Mountain, with its panoramic, 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Start with a photo stop by the giant Inuksuk that guards the mountain, then launch into what is quite possibly the longest continuous blue run in North America. On a weekday, allow at least 45 minutes from top to bottom, and even longer on weekends. Mid-week is also usually when the trail is groomed, making a Thursday or Friday morning run down Canadas mother of all groomers truly epic.
True to its name, this popular run weaves and bobs its way down Blackcomb like a roller coaster. Listed among CNN Travels 100 best ski runs in the world, this wide blue run lined with coastal forests is a locals favourite. It offers an all mountain experience as you make your way down, slow and steady or at a zippier, zig-zag pace, careful to avoid the occasional unexpected bump.
The highest and closest peak to Vancouver, Cypresss signature Panorama Trail more than lives up to its name. Cruising down this smooth beginner's green run offers you the unique opportunity to see the Pacific Ocean, city lights of Vancouver and beautiful coastal mountains - all at once as you float down the powdery groomed trail to the bottom.