It’s official – summer in Whistler has arrived! We’ve reached that time of the year when the alpine is beginning to open to traffic other than skiers. Gondola sightseers are pouring into the Village, and the Cloudraker Suspension Bridge is ready for another season of adrenaline seekers.
Here’s everything you need to know about Whistler snow walls, gondola sightseeing, and that terrifying suspension bridge!
What’s So Great About Summer In Whistler?
We love this time of the year. The ski hill has closed after what was another incredible season. Whistler Bike Park has just opened, and the place is crawling with black bears! Seriously, what’s not to love? There’s a new sense of adventure in the air and we relish the opportunity to get out there and explore.
Here’s our top 5 reasons to visit Whistler this summer:
- Whistler Bike Park has now opened new trails in Creekside. Aimed at intermediate to advanced riders, the trails are easily accessible from the Creekside Gondola, which links nicely to Garbanzo Zone too.
- Vallea Lumina is back for its second year. If you haven’t experienced the multimedia marvel yet, be sure to add it to the top of your itinerary. It’s pure magic.
- Whistler is home to five lakes, which are all easily accessible from Whistler Village. Green Lake, Alta Lake, Alpha Lake, Nita Lake, and Cheakamus Lake each offer a unique Whistler experience. There are options to canoe, kayak, paddleboard or even swim.
- There are a number of great patios in Whistler. One of our favourites is the Umbrella Bar at Whistler peak. The views are incredible and absolutely worth the gondola ride up.
- There’s lots happening this summer in Whistler. From Crankworx and Wanderlust to Canada Day and Cornucopia, there’s never a dull moment in our mountain town.
There’s no denying it, the mountain is the biggest draw for visitors to Whistler in the winter. The same can be said for the summer too. Here’s three activities to enjoy on Whistler Blackcomb that don’t involve a helmet:
Whistler Snow Walls
The snow walls are a bucketlist item for many visitors to Whistler. They’re an incredible sight to behold (…and make for great Instagram content). Typically accessible from mid-June, they’re best viewed within the first 4 weeks or so.
They can be accessed by taking the Whistler Village Gondola up the mountain. From the Roundhouse, follow signs for Pika’s Traverse to begin your ascent.
The trail is an access road, which makes it wide, and even underfoot. We’d recommend allowing as much as 90 minutes to wander among the towering snow banks – some of which can be as tall as 6-7 meters!
Following the trail to the peak rewards you with incredible views out across the Coast Mountains with the iconic Black Tusk as your primary focal point. This is one trail you’ll want to take your camera on!
Gondola Sightseeing In Whistler
Summer in Whistler is prime time for gondola sightseeing. We’d recommend the Summer 360 Experience Pass, which grants access to the snow walls, as well as the record-breaking PEAK2PEAK Gondola.
Opened in 2008, the PEAK2PEAK Gondola holds 2 world records. It is the longest free span between two towers (3.3km), and also features the highest gondola point above ground (436 metres).
This giant literally transports visitors from the peak of Whistler Mountain to the peak of Blackcomb Mountain and it takes just 11 minutes to do so!
Sightseers can expect to see vast wildflower meadows (late summer), incredible mountain vistas, and perhaps even a bear or two!
Whistler’s Cloudraker Suspension Bridge
Also included in the 360 Experience Pass is the Cloudraker Suspension Bridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk. Dubbed by many as “Terrifying”, the suspension bridge sits 6,562 feet above the valley with stomach-churning views of the trails below.
To add to the adrenaline rush, the floor of the bridge is made up of metal grates, which means you can see the ground below.
It spans the gap between Whistler Peak and West Ridge, where you’ll now find the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk – A 360 degree, counter-levered viewing platform (equally as terrifying).
If you’d prefer to stay on solid ground, there’s a great opportunity to get a photo with the Peak Inukshuk and maybe head to the Roundhouse for a Caesar to steady your nerves!
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