Best of Whistler 2012: Sports & Recreation 

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Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

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Second on the list was Zander Geddes, who pretty much dominated in his age category in mountain biking this year, both at the BC Cup-level and at Crankworx. He also placed third in the Phat Wednesday Downhill Series this year, despite only attending five races — winning three of them and placing second twice.

Third belonged Finn Finestone, a talented snowboarder, BMX to mountain biker who punches well above his weight and age.

Best Run on Whistler / Best Run on Blackcomb

We all probably know people that tend to ride one mountain more than the other, either for convenience — although the Peak2Peak Gondola changed that equation — or because there's something they like on one mountain they can't get on the other; the afternoon sun shining on 7th Heaven, the rolling powder of Symphony, the powder catch-basin that is the Blackcomb Glacier, or the muscle-burning mileage of Peak to Creek. In the past we've always asked people what their favourite run was on Whistler Blackcomb, forgetting the fact that it's probably too narrow a question.

Whistler

On Whistler, the leviathan that is  Peak to Creek  got the most votes. It's the longest continuous intermediate level run in North America, weighing it at 5.5km from the turnoff on Highway 86 with an elevation drop over 1,600 metres.

Second on Whistler is the very out-of-bounds Khyber Pass area, which needs a warning label: "If you're not into tree skiing, stay out. Don't go alone. Bring a phone and safety gear. Don't go late in the day. Be a very good skier or snowboarder. Know where you're going or you'll wind up at Cheakamus Lake or somewhere on the Cheakamus Lake Road. Watch for tree wells. Watch for creeks. Watch for cliffs, buried logs and fallen trees. Be prepared for a long traverse with a crazy luge track in the middle to get back to the ski area." Still, all these warning haven't prevented the area from becoming more popular over these years.

Third belongs to the Million Dollar Ridge area, which skirts Khyber and offers a few fun options that link up to trails in the Peak to Creek network. Also technically out of bounds, so take precautions.

Blackcomb

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