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Blackcomb Ascent trail opening Saturday, August 6th 2016

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Whistler Blackcomb's New Uphill Hiking Trails: The Ascent

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Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce their new uphill hiking experience, The Blackcomb Ascent Trails.

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are three new interconnected uphill hiking trails that meander through beautiful old growth coastal rain forest terrain from Whistler’s valley bottom to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Upon completion, the trails will travel a total of 5.2km with a total elevation gain of 1,200 metres.

Trails that will open on August 6 are Little Burn & Big Burn (to the top of Wizard Express) with the final trail completed summer 2017. For additional information check out this link: https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/blackcomb-ascent-trail

“These trails have been designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of Blackcomb Mountain while offering an exhilarating uphill hike with the option to download using our lift system,” says Arthur De Jong, Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager at Whistler Blackcomb. “This allows guests to maximize the health benefits of a continuous uphill climb while avoiding the pounding of downhill hiking.”

Day tickets for The Blackcomb Ascent Trail

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are designed as an uphill hiking experience. For guests who want to access the Blackcomb chairlifts on the way up or down, the Blackcomb Ascent ticket is $15 (CAD) and free for Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass or Day Ticket holders. Blackcomb Ascent tickets include one download on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain and must be purchased from Guest Services at the base of Blackcomb Mountain prior to hiking.

The Ascent Trail: RobinONeill_BlackcombMountain_3606 2

Photos by Robin O’Neill / Whistler Blackcomb

Wildflower Season

Once you’ve ticked The Ascent off your list, hop on Solarcoaster Chair at the top of Big Burn and head to the top of the mountain to view the alpine wildflowers. The best place to experience the wildflowers in full bloom are are along High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain and Decker Loop on Blackcomb Mountain.

Related post: 8 Whistler Wildflowers To Watch Out For This Week

There are currently 14 trails open and the wildflowers are in bloom for a limited time, so don’t forget your camera!

Hiking on Blackcomb during wildflower season

Photo: Robin O’Neill / Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Lakes Bicycle Tours

Embark on a leisurely cycle along Whistler’s valley trail network with one of our knowledgeable guides,  take in some of BC’s striking mountain landscape while you ride through lush forests & visit some of the many pristine lakes dotted throughout the valley. Soak in the sights and sounds of this world famous resort, and even learn about our town’s spectacular history along the way. Our guides know all the best lakeside locations to take in the stunning Whistler landscape.

Tours last for 2 hour, run daily at 10am and 2pm, and can be pre-booked any time at a Whistler Blackcomb ticket desk or with one of our frontdesk staff.

 

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