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Sapphire Bowl: Alternative Entrance From Blowhole



Whistler Blackcomb

Long and arduous, but easier traverse into Sapphire Bowl

Freeride Skiing Severe

1.8 km
5 m
542 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.3 km
Sapphire Bowl: Alternative Entrance From Blowhole Map

Here's a much easier way to get into Sapphire Bowl. Either take Blowhole and cut skiers' left as soon as you get over the wind-lip at the bottom or take the intermediate Blackcomb Glacier run and traverse hard skiers' left as you see Blowhole come to an end. Then stick as high up as you can on this traverse (going lower might expose you to some massive cliffs and ridiculously difficult runs such as The Pencil, Surf's Up, and Winkypop). There might be a few uphill sections but push through and eventually you'll see the main cliff-riddled entrance into Sapphire Bowl. By taking this arduous traverse, you've avoided the nastiest part of Sapphire Bowl: it's main entrance. Now, you can reap the rewards that most don't get to experience because of the difficult main entrance that you have successfully bypassed. The snow in Sapphire Bowl is always fantastic because of it's unexposed location and tougher initial entrance!



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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