If you’re wondering where the locals ski in Whistler, you’re in the right place. This list of Whistler Blackcomb sweet spots has been curated by the team at Nita Lake Lodge and covers every type of terrain that you could hope to discover. We’ve started with the seriously fun stuff – included for the hardcore ride-or-dies among you. Following on from that we’re into blues and some incredible terrain to test your mettle.
Remember, to understand where the locals ski, you must first understand the conditions. For weather updates, terrain or lift status, Whistler Blackcomb now has a virtual assistant named EMMA, who will be happy to answer your queries. All you do is text your question to 77477 and you’ll receive an answer to your inbox almost instantly!
Due diligence complete, open a Whistler Blackcomb terrain map here and follow along with Where The Locals Ski – Whistler Blackcomb Sweet Spots. You’re welcome.
Where The Locals Ski – Black Diamonds
Outer Limits/Arthur’s Choice
Keep skier’s right coming off Crystal Ridge Express and you’ll happen upon some of our favorite tree runs. This is where the locals ski to practice their turns! When the conditions are right, send it someplace between Outer Limits and Arthur’s Choice and we guarantee you’ll be coming back for more. This is a mixture of black and double-black terrain and not for the faint of heart.
Accessed from the top of 7th Heaven, follow the ridgeline across the dizzying heights of the Saudan Couloir to drop into Secret Bowl. Quite often a peachy little pocket of powder, it exits onto double-black, Pakalolo and feeds nicely to The Bite. It’s an exhilarating lap and one of our favorite ways to access the West Face of Blackcomb Mountain.
Quite often happened-upon rather than sought-out, Gnarly Knots is a brief but exciting tree run filled with ups and downs to keep you on your toes. The easiest access would be from the top of the Excelerator Express. Exit the chair to the right and find Gnarly Knots just off of Honeycomb.
Bagel Bowl/West Bowl
Over on Whistler Mountain, the area around Bagel Bowl/West Bowl is quite often a lot less tracked out and therefore high on our list of where the locals ski. Take Peak Chair and drop in from Upper Peak-to-Creek via Monday’s, Stefan’s Chute, or Cockalorum. For a more approachable entry, keep following Upper Peak-to-Creek. Just be sure not to pass Highway 86 unless you’re planning on skiing out to Creekside Village!
Sought-out to satiate an appetite for the backcountry, Flute Bowl is all of the experience you’d hoped it would be – and all in bounds. Ride Symphony Express and hike the designated trail eastwards to access Flute Bowl and North Flute Bowl. For something a bit more low-key, check out Encore Ridge or Rhapsody Bowl as blue alternatives.
Where The Locals Ski – Blues
For wide-open vistas and exhilarating views, it has to be 7th Heaven. The south-facing slope gets the best of the sun and provides an unparalleled look at Blackcomb Mountain and the Overlord Glacier. It also leads to some pretty incredible terrain. Upper Panorama into Lower Panorama is one of our faves for cruising. Hugh’s Heaven is also a great choice!
Accessed via Peak Chair and the Upper Peak-to-Creek, keep skiers right to split off onto Highway 86 and skirt along the ski area boundary. Highway 86 made our list of Where The Locals Ski because it’s part of the legendary Peak-to-Creek trail. In fact, it’s about the halfway point. From 2,182m elevation to the valley floor, this is the point at which the thighs begin to burn but the point at which it’s too late to turn back! We recommend this challenge to anyone.
A nice, wide run making it super accessible for anyone looking to experience the Peak Chair to the very top of Whistler. Exit the chair to the left and take Matthews Traverse. You’ll see The Saddle signposted on the left as the ridgeline appears to give way briefly to views of Glacier Bowl and The Roundhouse. Enter The Saddle and make those turns count as you cruise your way back down toward the snowmaking reservoir. You’ll end up at Franz’s Chair but we recommend taking Franz’s Run and wrapping up at Big Red Express.
The Enchanted Forest is an awesome tree run for blue riders! It’s accessed via Upper Whiskey Jack or Ego Bowl and takes the rider on a twisting, turning adventure into old-growth forest. It’s a particular favourite for kids given the nature of the name, but to be honest we know a lot of grown-ups in Whistler that love it too! It’s a nice retreat from some of the more heavily trafficked trails in this area.
When it comes to where the locals ski, it doesn’t get much more local than Tokum. Tokum is our go-to exit when skiing-out on Whistler Mountain. It’s accessed via Upper Dave Murray (black) or Bear Cub (green), and leads nicely into Crabapple, terminating at Skiers’ Plaza. Named after Tokum Corners – a ‘ski-bum’ house from the 70s – Tokum was the run the inhabitants took home at the end of the day. By riding Tokum, you’re literally following in the tracks of Whistler’s forefathers.
Where The Locals Ski – What About Greens?
If you’re looking for recommendations on beginner terrain, check out our post The Best Beginner Ski Runs Of Whistler Blackcomb.
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