Whistler Mountain Guide
Whistler Blackcomb mountains combined have over 8,100 skiable acres. One vertical mile. Two mountains connected by a pedestrian Village. More than 200 trails. Three glaciers. 38 lifts. Twelve alpine bowls. The numbers speak for themselves. Whistler Blackcomb resort is blessed with an average of 10.22 metres / 402 inches / 33.5 ft per year on the summit, as measured at the Pig Alley Weather Station on Whistler Mountain (elevation 1,660 metres/ 5,445 feet). The snow base record for Whistler Mountain is 504 cm (197 inches, 16.4 feet) set in 1973/74. That season it snowed significantly in March and April when traditionally these months receive less snowfall.
Whistler Mountain is a peak in the Fitzsimmons Range on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park, and the location of the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort and the town of Whistler, British Columbia. The original name of the mountain was London Mountain, and the valley where the town is was called Alta Lake. With the advent of the ski resort in the late 1960s the name was changed to Whistler to represent the whistling calls of the marmots that lived in the alpine areas of the mountain. Because of the mountain's proximity to Garibaldi Provincial Park, ski lifts are regularly used to quickly access the alpine, and ski tour into the park. The summit is home to the Whistler Peak chair, and this makes it one of the most traveled summits in BC. The mountain forms part of a major ski and snowboard resort. More than 1.1 million people go to Whistler resort each year. Whistler mountain is the original ski venue location from years past then Blackcomb mountain was created years later.