Java

Blackcomb

Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

A short but fun line which is good for getting a couple of fresh turns.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
704 m
Ascent
55 m
Descent
214 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
39˚
Java Map

Java is one of a few lines accessible from a short bootpack up onto the cliffs at the top of the Blackcomb Glacier. Once you've hiked up from Showcase T-Bar to the top of the glacier, follow the wind lip all the way to the cliffs on the other side, uphill of the backcountry gate. It's a harder bootpack than the one you will have just done but the lines up here are totally worth it, especially if you're looking for something steep, some fresh snow in the days following a powder day or just feel like working on your glutes.

Description

Before you've reached the top of the cliff ridge there will be a chute on the right. This is Java - short but sweet. Beware of the wind lip and the traverse lines made from people accessing the backcountry gate. The line drops you back into Blackcomb Glacier. Enjoy the views!

You finish on Blackcomb Glacier so take crevasse rescue kit in your group. A minimum would be 30m ropes x 2, a long sling, 3 screwgate karabiners, prussiks and an ice screw.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

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