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.
Burnt Stew Trail
This eight-mile long mellow green groomer offers truly breathtaking views of nearby Garibaldi Provincial Park and its signature peak, Black Tusk. Located just off of Harmony 6 chair, Burnt Stew is an easily accessible way to go slow and savour Whistlers spectacular mountain scenery as you gradually descend. Perfect for beginners, its also among CNN Travels 100 best ski runs in the world.
High alpine cruising at its absolute finest, the Saddle is normally the only groomed run in Whistlers Glacier Bowl. Once you get past its relatively steep entrance, its four to the floor, full-speed ahead on a straight shooting fall line right to Peak Chair. A note of caution though; the Saddle can get crowded on weekends and debris from Whistler avalanche control sometimes ends up on it. But when the going is good, you can really fly down this straightaway.
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.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Offering an impressive view across the Strait of Georgia to the Sunshine Coast, with the peaks of the Coast Mountains rising behind, this Vancouver Island treasure has an incredible 11.5 metres of annual snowfall.
To take full advantage of everything Mt. Washington has to offer, ride up the Eagle Express to the peak of the mountain to marvel at the spectacular views, and then cruise all the way down the Coaster, a moderately challenging groomer lined with pristine coastal forests.
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