Guidebook

North America’s Best: Whistler Blackcomb Freeride Guide

Check out these legendary and hidden gem runs at North America's largest ski resort.

Description

With 8,171 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical rise of 5,280 feet, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. Imagine being able to find every snow condition, difficulty level, and type of terrain possible in one place.

“If you can’t find your favorite terrain here, you can’t find it anywhere,” the editors at Ski Magazine wrote when they crowned it North America’s best in 2017 for the third year in a row.

Generally, Blackcomb is populated with more locals and expert riders than Whistler, but both peaks showcase a wide range of terrain and are actually laid out in similar ways. Between the two peaks, there are five terrain parks (three on Blackcomb, two on Whistler), and the Nintendo Highest Level Terrain Park has hosted the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Championships in recent years.

If you’re on Blackcomb, keep an eye out for the legendary “Spanky’s Ladder,” off of which you can access “Garnet Bowl,” “Ruby Bowl,” “Diamond Bowl,” and “Sapphire Chutes.” “Crystal Zone” is another sweet spot to check out on Blackcomb. Meanwhile, some highlights on Whistler Mountain include “Whistler Bowl,” “Tiger’s Terrace,” and “Christmas Trees.”

Sources:
https://www.redbull.com/ca-en/skitouring-and-freeride-spot-whistler
https://www.skimag.com/ski-resort-life/how-ski-whistler-blackcombs-spankys-ladder
http://theliftiereport.rentskis.com/tlr/the-6-steepest-ski-runs-at-whistler-blackcomb/
https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2013/03/07/unplugged-pillows-a-plenty-in-whistler-blackcombs-crystal-zone/
https://freeskier.com/resort-guide/whistler/whistler-blackcomb-trail-map
https://www.whistler.com/blog/post/2011/12/05/whistler-skiing-secrets-7-top-spots-and-stashes/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/11/30/whistler-blackcomb-ski-resort-canada/2077748002/

Diamond Bowl
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Diamond Bowl

Whistler
345 m
42 °
0 m
0.7 km
Steep and narrow chute up top between the rocks giving way to a wider bowl below
Severe
Private
Ruby Bowl
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Ruby Bowl

Whistler
408 m
43 °
0 m
1.1 km
Wide-open line in Ruby Bowl below Garnet Bowl on skier's left, the friendliest of all the Gemstone Bowls
Difficult
Private
Garnet Bowl
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Garnet Bowl

Whistler
29 m
21 °
NW
0 m
0.1 km
The upper basin leading you into options in the Gemstone Bowl - Sapphire, Diamond and Ruby
Difficult
Private
Sapphire Chutes
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Sapphire Chutes

Whistler
210 m
44 °
E
0 m
0.4 km
Three fun chutes in lower Sapphire bowl, dropping you off at Blackcomb Glacier Road
Severe
Private
The Grey Zone
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Grey Zone

Whistler
198 m
32 °
NW
0 m
0.5 km
A Large alpine zone offering both easy and challenging black routes down to Crystal.
Moderate
Private
CBC
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CBC

Whistler
334 m
48 °
NW
9 m
1.0 km
Great gladed skiing but prior knowledge is essential!
Severe
Private
Fraggle Rock
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Fraggle Rock

Whistler
144 m
31 °
1 m
0.5 km
Naturally pruned gladed skiing
Difficult
Private
Whistler Bowl Entrance
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Whistler Bowl Entrance

Whistler
77 m
38 °
0 m
0.3 km
The easiest way into the bowl, also the widest
Moderate
Private
Tiger's Terrace
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tiger's Terrace

Whistler
141 m
34 °
N
8 m
0.5 km
A short pitch, often forgotten about on a powder day
Difficult
Private
Christmas Trees
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Christmas Trees

Whistler
182 m
45 °
W
0 m
0.4 km
Fun gladed skiing, often with great snow
Difficult
Private