Everything to do At the Top of Whistler Blackcomb | Peak 2 Peak & Much More
There is so much to do at the top of Whistler Blackcomb that goes beyond skiing or snowboarding. In the summer, the mountain comes alive with unlimited activities for the whole family. Start at the Whistler gondola, end at the top of the world!
Choose from hiking, biking, viewing massive snow walls, sightseeing at the peak, crossing suspension bridges, and enjoying an epic feast at 6069 feet above sea level.
Come discover why buying a ticket for the Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience will be the best decision you’ve made on your trip to Whistler.
How to Get to the Top of Whistler Blackcomb
There are two choices to get to the top of WhistlerBlackcomb: via the Whistler Gondola or the Blackcomb Gondola.
- The Whistler Gondola is located in the main Whistler Village at the base of the mountain and is easily walkable from Whistler Village hotels.
- The Blackcomb Gondola is located in the Upper Village and is a great choice for those staying in the Upper Village or in the Benchlands.
As the names describe, the Whistler Gondola will take you to the top of Whistler Mountain whereas the Blackcomb Gondola takes you to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. These mountains are linked by the infamous Peak 2 Peak Whistler Gondola – the longest and highest gondola in the world.
There is also the Creekside Gondola Whistler which is located ten minutes south of Whistler Village, however, it is only open in the summer for bike park traffic only. In the winter it is used for skiing and snowboarding and is a great option for those staying in Creekside.
Feeling like you need to stretch your legs out?
In the summer, there is also the option to hike to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain via the Little Burn, Big Burn, and Heart Burn Trails. These hiking trails are not for the faint of heart, with 1,200 metres of elevation gain on the 6.2 kilometre long trails to the top.
Hiking the trail to the top does not give you access to the Peak 2 Peak Whistler Gondola unless a Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience pass has been purchased, or you can opt to hike to the Blackcomb Gondola mid-station and download ($15) or download from the top ($40). These tickets are available for purchase only at WhistlerBlackcomb Guest Services.
Sightseeing Prices 2019
Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience passes can be purchased ahead of time or at the ticket window. Tickets never sell out for the experience. If purchased at least two days in advance there is a savings of $5 off each ticket. If purchased on the same day, the cost per ticket is $69 for adults (age 19-64), $62 for youth (13-18) and seniors (65+), $35 for children (7-12) and free for kids aged 6 and under.
What Your Ticket Includes
In the summer, your ticket includes access to both the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the Peak Express Chair (when open), the Cloudraker Skybridge, and any hiking trails on the mountain.
Guests can also ride the 7th Heaven chairlift when it’s open (select dates in June and July). Once you download back to the bottom that is when your ticket expires. Go up either of the gondolas and spend all day at the top exploring what the mountain has to offer and when you’re finished, head back down.
Hours of Operation
Sightseeing opportunities are available in the summer from May 25 to October 14. Do be aware that there are times throughout the summer where the Peak 2 Peak is closed, or either the Whistler or Blackcomb Gondola is closed. Check their website for full details on any maintenance or weather related closures.
For the 2019 summer season, the Whistler Gondola is open until September 8 and the Blackcomb Gondola is open until October 14. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is open daily until September 15 and weekends only between September 16 and October 14. The Peak Express chairlift is open daily until September 15, which gives guests access to the Cloudraker Skybridge.
Check your dates ahead of time to see what gondolas and lifts will be open to avoid disappointment. The cost for a lift ticket does not decrease when lifts are closed and remains the same until the season is over.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola Facts
The world record breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the pride of Whistler Blackcomb and a reason to visit for many. Here are some fun facts about the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, but don’t let the breathtaking stats scare you away from this amazing experience:
- The project broke ground in May 2007 and was completed in September 2008. It opened to the public in December 2008.
- The Peak 2 Peak Gondola was built by the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group in 2007 and 2008 at a cost of CDN$51 million.
- World’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 3.024km/1.88miles.
- World’s highest lift of its kind at 436m/1,427ft above the valley floor.
- World’s longest continuous lift system: Connecting 3 high speed gondolas.
- Ride Time: 11 minutes
- Capacity: 4,100 people per hour
- Line Speed: 7.5 metres per second (16.8 miles per hour)
Alpine Hiking on Whistler Blackcomb
The hiking at the top of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is incredible – by taking the gondolas to the top it allows for more time hiking in the alpine with less time to get there. With two mountains to explore and over fifty kilometres in hiking trails, lace up your hiking boots and get out there!
Hikes at the Top of Whistler
EASY: Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk. Length: 1.6 km (1 mi); 60 minutes. Two loops of single track trail at the top of the Peak Express wind their way around the summit of Whistler Mountain. See incredible views, along with alpine ecosystems and local history storyboards.
INTERMEDIATE: Harmony Lake Loop. Length: 1.9 km (1.2 mi); 90 minutes. This trail descends through alpine forests while travelling away from the Roundhouse Lodge.
ADVANCED: High Note Trail. Length: 9.4 km (5.8 mi); 4 hours. The best experience on Whistler Mountain. Starting behind the Inukshuk at the top of the Peak Express chairlift, hikers will enjoy
stunning views of Black Tusk and Cheakamus Lake as they descend through rugged terrain that mellows into a rolling course. Loop back to the Roundhouse Lodge by heading north at the trail junction away from Flute Summit and Singing Pass.
Hikes at the Top of Blackcomb
EASY: Alpine Loop. Length: 1.4 km (0.9 mi); 30 minutes. A gentle walking route that leads away from the Rendezvous Lodge with spectacular views of Fitzsimmons Valley through a sub-alpine forest. This walking trail has excellent photo opportunities and alpine ecosystem storyboards.
INTERMEDIATE: Lakeside Loop. Length: 2.2 km (1.4 mi); 40 minutes. Recommended hiking clockwise, a short climb takes you to a rich area of alpine wildflowers with Blackcomb Lake nestled below the peak of Blackcomb. Finish by descending back to Overlord Trail.
ADVANCED: Decker Loop. Length: 3.3 km (2.1 mi); 75 minutes. Connecting with Overlord Trail, this is a world-class alpine trail and the best hiking experience on Blackcomb Mountain. Start this journey by hiking clockwise up and into Garibaldi Provincial Park with incredible views of ancient mountain peaks, the Overlord Glacier and the Decker Tarn — a glacial alpine lake.
Where to Eat on Whistler Blackcomb
There are two options for where to eat on Whistler Blackcomb: the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Both offer cafeteria-style food options to suit any palate – from Asian stir fry to burgers and fries. Both lodges also have coffee shops with snacks, alcoholic beverage options, and ice cream.
What to do at the Top of Whistler Blackcomb
Other than hiking, riding the Peak Express Chairlift, and exploring the Cloudraker Skybridge there’s a few other free activities included in your Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience ticket.
This includes access to the 2010 Winter Olympic displays in the Roundhouse Lodge, taking a CIBC Mountain Tour (daily at 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM), learning more about the Peak 2 Peak Gondola in the Peak 2 Peak Viewing Gallery, and watching inspiring mountain videos in the Samsung Alpine Theatre in the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain.
For those looking to elevate their experience even further, there’s the option to add on activities once at the top of the mountain. Here are some activities that at an additional cost can make your visit to the top of WhistlerBlackcomb even more exciting.
- Alpine Riding
You’ve made it to the top, instead of taking the gondola to the base of the mountain why not descend on an A-Ride with Alpine Riding! Find them in front of the light board at the top of Whistler Mountain where they run tours on their A-Ride bikes which are similar to a mountain bike but ride like a rugged mountain scooter. It’s easier to learn than a conventional mountain bike and guides will show you the ropes as you get to experience a taste of the Whistler Bike Park.
- Helicopter Tours
On select dates throughout the summer, you can hop on a helicopter tour from the top of Blackcomb with Blackcomb Helicopters! Choose from a Glacier Tour which explores Whistler’s local scenery beyond the resort lines. The flight is fifteen minutes long and drops you back off where you started to carry on your journey on Whistler Blackcomb.
- Mountain Skills Academy
Pop in to Mountain Skills Academy’s alpine office located at the top of the Whistler Gondola to see if there’s any exciting tours to take part in. Choose from mountaineering adventures, via ferrata, and glacier ascents to the family friendly Sky Walk adventure or glacier glissading.
- Hiking Tours
Looking to hike at the top of Whistler or Blackcomb mountains but unsure where to start? Whistler Blackcomb offers private hiking tours to take you and your group on their celebrated alpine trails. Choose from Green, Blue, or Black routes depending on your timeline and the group’s ability.
- Mountaintop Feast
Starting at the end of June on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night is the Mountaintop Feast at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Enjoy an epic buffet of meats and seafood, fresh salads, and delicious desserts at 6,000 feet and is the perfect way to end a day on Whistler Blackcomb. Live music, drink specials, and amazing views makes the Mountaintop Feast one of the best dining experiences Whistler has to offer.
Doing the Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience is a must do when visiting Whistler. There is so much to do at the top and it’s one of the most affordable things to do in Whistler.
It’s also perfect for the entire family as there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from hiking to taking epic photos and enjoying the sights while crossing the Peak 2 Peak gondola. Pencil in the time during your trip to Whistler to include a visit to the top of Whistler Blackcomb – you won’t regret it.