Whistler Mountain opens for cross-country skiing 

Low snow levels at valley bottom prompts mountains to open to skinny skiers

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF WHISTLER BLACKCOMB AND RMOW
  • Photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb and RMOW

Whistler Blackcomb is partnering with the Resort Municipality of Whistler to open a 1.4-kilometre loop for cross-country skiing.

The groomed loop on Whistler will be track-set for skate and classic skiing in the area known as the "Blue Chair Flats" located skier's right from the top of the Emerald Chair.

The trails will be open to the public during the mountain's regular operating hours (daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and will be groomed and maintained by staff and equipment provided by Lost Lake Cross-Country. The loop will remain open until such time that there is enough snow in the Valley to operate the Lost Lake Cross-Country trail network.

Current Lost Lake Cross-Country and Dual Area passholders will receive a discount off Whistler Blackcomb's posted cross-country day ticket rate.

In order to be eligible, cross-country passholders must show their passes and ID at the ticket window, have their cross-country gear with them and can only upload and download the mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola. Cross-country ski ticket holders cannot ride Whistler Blackcomb's other lifts or access the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Current Lost Lake or Dual Area passholders will pay $10 (plus tax), current Lost Lake Night passholders will pay $20 (plus tax), cross-country day ticket (adults/seniors/youth/children) will pay $30 (plus tax0, and Whistler Blackcomb pass holders or anyone using a ski ticket for the day can access the cross-country loop for free, subject to restrictions.

In the Callaghan, the available skiing is a 900-metre loop located at Biathlon. A day ticket early season rate is available to any members of the public for $10. No skiing is available at this point on any of the upper Ski Callaghan Trails, and until there is more snow, the shuttle will not be running.

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