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What Are YOUR Top Runs?

Sometimes, when I can’t fall asleep, I’ll lay in bed and pick out some
of my favourite routes from my favourite resorts and recreate them in
my head. Why? Because I’m a loser. And because I find it kind of hard
to do, it puts me to sleep pretty quickly. But recently I thought:
hey, this could also double as blog content! So below I will list my
top five runs at Whistler Blackcomb.What are yours? Or better yet, what are your favourite runs at your favourite resorts, and why?

Anyone who has been to Whistler will quickly realize my top five are
marked trails within the boundaries of the resort. Given my skill
level, I think that’s the safest thing for me to do at this
point.  🙂

Anyway, here are my top five (drum roll) …


1. The Run: Peak to Creek, Whistler Mountain
How to Get There: Take the Peak Express, hang a right.
The Scene: A long, sloping
blue run, Peak to Creek is seven kilometres long. I repeat: SEVEN
KILOMETRES. This run can take you an hour or two if you feel like
taking your time. Once you’re done, grab a bite at Dusty’s, take the
gondola back up and do it again.
Things to avoid: Highway 86, which runs into the trail a couple of times. It’s flat and boring.

2. The Run: Panorama, Cloud Nine, Southern Comfort, Green Line: basically anything that leads to the 7th Heaven Chair
How to Get There: Take 7th Avenue from the top of the Solar Coaster
The Scene: The huge, wide-open runs and the spectacular views from the base of the 7th Heaven Chair make this area a MUST VISIT. DO NOT MISS THIS AREA WHEN YOU VISIT BLACKCOMB. IF YOU DO, YOUR TRIP IS INCOMPLETE.
Things to avoid: Hard-to-see
bumps. The terrain is so wide and white that moguls are hard to spot.
My ankle still hurts from one spill I took up there earlier this year.

3. The Run: Dave Murray Downhill, Whistler Mountain
How to Get There: Boot down Upper Whiskey Jack, stay to the left past the Chic Pea , make a quick right, ride ride ride
The Scene: If the course isn’t
closed so that some national downhill team can practice, you’re in
luck. This black diamond run can shoot you to Creekside Base in a
matter of minutes if you’re willing to push it. Home of the men’s
downhill and Super G in 2010, this run is fast, steep and has lots of
fun, tight turns. Another MUST VISIT.
Things to avoid: Novices who think “black diamond” means “really easy” and are on their asses as a result. Hard to avoid at high speeds.

4. The Run: The Saddle > Franz’s Meadows > Franz’s > Highway 86, Whistler Mountain
How to Get There: Take the Peak Express, hang a left.
The scene: The run starts at
The Saddle, a wide, big-assed drop blown into the side of Whistler
Mountain. It can be icy and windy, but it’s also nice and wide. Stick
to the middle and take a quick jaunt through Franz’s Meadows, a small
glade run with tight turns. Then it’s into Franz’s, home of the Women’s
Downhill and Super G in 2010 (make sure to take a photo next to the
sign announcing that fact). Follow Franz’s down to Highway 86, and take
it to Big Red Express. You’re back up in ten minutes to do it all over
again.
Things to avoid: The nutjobs givin’er on Highway 86. It can get very congested.



5. The Run: Ridge Runner, Blackcomb Mountain
How to Get There: Take the spectacular Glacier Express, hang a left. Can be a little confusing.
The Scene: Ride a speedy
narrow ridge (imagine that) on top of Blackcomb mountain. Spectacular
views and challenging, tight turns make this a really fun ride. Stop at
Excelerator and go back up.
Things to avoid: Slowpokes on Glacier Road.

Discussion

  1. Awesome post! Can’t wait to see more like this in the months ahead!.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2006, 11:22 am
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  3. thanks for the tips! Making my first trip to Whistler in a couple of weeks, and great to get a fellow boarder’s reccommendations. Geraldine

    Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2007, 5:43 am
  4. […] Seventh Heaven with fresh snow: Panorama, which I’ve previously listed as one of my top five Whistler Blackcomb runs, was simply phenomenal on the day we hit it. The run was untouched, had a few centimetres of snow, […]

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  5. awesome post man love the advice going out to whistler for my first time im from ontario as well get me some mountains!

    Posted by ted | January 29, 2008, 2:34 pm
  6. Good post. I ski W-B about 5 times a year, sticking mainly to Blue runs. Most of my faves overlap yours, with a couple of others. I’m going up tomorrow and will do Saddle and Peak to Creek for the first time, so my rankings may change.

    Fave Green Runs (2):
    Burnt Stew on Whistler (the upper half, in Symphony Bowl)
    Ego Bowl on Whistler — easy, but just beautiful flow

    Fave Blues (top 5:
    1. Panorama – Seventh Heaven on B’comb
    2. Blue Line — from top of Seventh Heaven on B’comb down Horstman Glacier to Glacier Creek, finishing on Glacier Drive, which is rated Black but is really just a steepish Blue
    3. Ridge Runner – Crystal on B’comb; actually the whole Crystal area is one of my favourite areas on either mtn; only drawback is inconvenient lift access via Excel and then Crystal chairs
    4. Jeff’s Ode – Symphony on Whistler; beautifully varied from open alpine bowl to cruiser to gladed at the bottom
    5. Harmony Ridge – Harmony on whistler; great views and varied run down the spine of Harmony Ridge
    Honorable Mentions: Franz’s on Whistler, which was a bit icy when I took it, but would be Top 3 in better conditions and Honeycomb on B’comb, influenced by the awesome fresh conditions last time I skied it.

    Posted by Don | April 11, 2008, 6:50 pm
  7. Hey Don,

    Thanks for the comments. 🙂

    Burnt stew up in Symphony Bowl is totally kick-ass, you’re right. I like the ability to basically ride wherever you want. I just wish it didn’t turn into one long flat that you HAVE to ride in order to leave the Symphony Bowl area. I don’t know what WB can do about that, but I wish they’d address it..somehow. And Jeff’s Ode is also a good one.

    I spent a lot of time on Panorama this year and that’s also a great run. Ridge Runner is an all-time favourite of mine, and so is Harmony Ridge. Geez, you’re making me realize I have too many favourite runs to count!!

    And as for Franz — tends to be pretty icy, which is why racers love it. But I find lower Franz is less icy, wider and a heck of a lot of fun. 🙂

    Thanks for the comments,

    adam

    Posted by Adam | April 12, 2008, 9:17 am
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