Snowboarding Whistler / Blackcomb
I’ve always wanted to snowboard, ever since I played Cool Boarders on the PlayStation. It seems like everyone is getting into it these days. A friend of mine is doing a snowboarding season in Whistler, Canada, so I decided to go and see him. I booked flights and booked some snowboarding lessons. I had three lessons in total, about five-hours worth.
I had picked up the basics and that was enough for me. I never thought I’d go on a winter holiday. I took advantage of the free accommodation and found Whistler to be a stunning place with much to do. Just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is built around two of the best ski mountains in the world, Whistler and Blackcomb. With 200+ runs, 39 lifts and 8,000 acres of terrain, it’s a mecca for snow sports
Over 10 inches of snow had fallen in the night and everyone was talking about the ‘pure powder’ that was waiting to be shredded. I finally got on the mountain and took the lift through the low-hanging clouds into the blue sky, revealing snow covered peaks in every direction. I felt a rush of excitement – the steep terrain was just incredible.
Snowboarding was not a disappointing experience; it is as fun as it looks. I did take some horrible falls, but I was fully equipped with a helmet, jacket and board. I borrowed all the gear of my friend’s housemates, which saved me a lot of money. In terms of terrain, Whistler has everything you could want, jumps, bowls, off-piste runs, everything.
On my first day I followed my friend around each run; on the second run he turned to me and said ‘oh shit’ ‘what is it?’ I asked. He tells me it is a black run, which means it’s for the experienced boarder. We couldn’t turn back so I had to bite the bullet and showcase my skills that I had picked up in a just a few hours. I came out alive, which was the main thing.
Another marvel is Whistler-Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak gondola, which takes you between the mountains on a 3 mile journey over heights of 1400 feet. You have to experience the scenic view by itself.
The snowboarding and skiing way of life was an appealing one. I enjoyed a few more days on the mountains during my time in Canada, I became quite good and would defiantly go again.
A few days is not enough time to experience everything, you can board for a week and not see it all. I understand why many people from around the globe decide to become ski tramps here. There’s a real coolness to it. You could even say it’s a chilled way of spending a few months.
The village is full of quaint wooden architecture that is complemented by fresh white snow. Once the setting of the winter Olympics, this picturesque village has a great vibe and is scattered with unique bars and fine restaurants. After a day exploring the slopes we hit a bar for après and enjoyed some tasty chicken wings and local beer.
Where to Eat
For a nice and unhealthy (yet tasty!) Canadian cuisine, stuff yourself with a hearty plate of Canadian poutine at Zogs Dogs. Head to Dusty’s Bar & Grill at the base of Blackcomb for the best Après-ski experience (It’s also great for evening drinks!).
Where to drink
Get amongst the season skiers and snowboarders in one of the many nightspots in the village. Head over to Buffalo Bill’s Bar and Grill for some chilled beer and dancing, it gets busy. Hit up Tommy Africa’s for some serious clubbing, it’s world famous on the club scene!
There’s plenty more to do in and around Whistler, you’ll never find yourself bored here. Why not get the adrenalin pumping with some bobsleighing? That will be one thing to talk about! There’s also an abandoned train wreck just a short bus ride from the village, a great place for a little snow trek and plenty of photo opportunities on the way!
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