Additions at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

November 10, 2006 by  
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Skiing Magazine has ranked Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada as the top ski resort in North America for the tenth year in a row. The greatest vertical in the continent and vast areas of advanced and intermediate skiing terrain does not let the popular skiing resort rest on its laurels.

Whistler has opened up a new high alpine area to skiers by installing a new lift system. While this is music to the ears of most skiers, the locals have always loved to hike up to the backcountry area they called Musical Bumps, Piccolo, Symphony and Flute Bowls.

Appropriately, the area which is a natural amphitheatre-like terrain will be named the Symphony Amphitheatre. The area will be accessed by a detachable, high speed quad chair now named the Symphony Express. It connects the bottom of Flute Bowl to the peak of Piccolo and was earlier called the Piccolo Express. Starting this November, the Symphony Express will provide access to over 1,000 acres of delightful intermediate and advanced terrain which was the preserve of people who were willing to hike up there.

In keeping with the musical theme, the Symphony Amphitheatre is the encore to Whistler’s Harmony Bowl. The new runs in the fresh area also have musical names such as Rhapsody Bowl, Adagio, Founders’ Run, Staccato Glades, Glissando Glades, Encore Ridge, Flute Bowl, North Flute Bowl and Hidden Chute. These new trails add to the established runs Symphony Bowl, Harmony Bowl and Crescendo. Quite a concert!

The area that surrounds the Symphony Amphitheatre on three sides is a part of the Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of British Columbia. One has incredible views of the majestic mountains, glaciers and turquoise mountain lakes.

The Amphitheatre’s north-facing bowls boast of great powder snow, stable conditions in classic Whistler Blackcomb backcountry. The region is environmentally protected and one can still hike to the peak of Flute, but need not hike out of the zone.

Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is a scenic two hour drive north of Vancouver along the amazing ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway.