There’s nothing like the view at the top. Jaw-dropping, amazing, beautiful! How can you put a price on that? Worth every penny!!
To access Peak 2 Peak, you need to take a lift up the mountain to where Peak 2 Peak starts. They give you a map of the lifts but it is confusing. I would suggest looking at this website whistlerblackcomb.com and checking the “lift status” to see which ones are open. You can take a lift either from the base of Blackcomb or Whistler. Depending on the weather, you might want to go in an open or closed lift. This is not well explained on their website or in their literature so I would suggest when you get there, buy your tickets then look around to see which lift you want to go on. Be prepared to wait in line first of all to buy your tickets and then again to access the lifts. Lines were short and moved quickly. One ticket allows you to go up and down the mountain and across the valley on Peak 2 Peak as many times a day as you wish.
Once we purchased our lift tickets, around $100 for 2 adults, we made a quick survey and chose the enclosed lift (Whistler Village Gondola) rather than the open air chair lift that went up Blackcomb. We knew it would be chillier at the higher altitudes (27 degrees in the village, 12 degrees at the top, and this is August). The Gondola lift starts right at the base of Whistler mountain, is completely enclosed, smooth ride, very friendly staff, takes about 30 min., although slightly less the day we went because there weren’t allot of people. You can get off part way up, not sure what was there so we stayed on it til the end, 1850 m up. This is where you catch Peak 2 Peak however, it is not the highest point. You can still go higher, to the Whistler peak, 2,180 m. There’s a short walk on rocky terrain (so wear good shoes) to the open chair lift that takes you to the peak. I wish we had known about this because it was too cold to go up that high in shorts. Next time I will dress appropriately for the higher altitude so I can take the open chair lift right to the peak. There are several hiking trails at this point but again, not dressed for that. Several trails were closed due to snow.
At the place where Peak 2 Peak starts, there is a restaurant but we brought our own food so can’t comment on the dining places. Had a picnic - it really doesn’t matter what you bring - it all tastes good with a great view!
The wait for the Peak 2 Peak gondola was short as we chose not to go on the glass bottom gondola. We had a weird experience though just before getting on. As we were waiting, a photographer said we need to take your picture but he didn’t say what for. He just moved us to a little area and snapped a couple of shots. We thought this was very odd. When we got to the other side, we saw there was a kiosk where you could purchase cheesy pictures of you “morphed” into the the gondola car. Didn’t inquire about the price because the posted samples looked too silly. Oh well, never mattered in the end because the Peak 2 Peak experience is almost overwhelming. It is an amazing, spectacular 11 minutes. Lots of room in the car as there were only 7 of us each time. Can’t say enough good things about it.
Now we are on Blackcomb and could have gone down the mountain from here on a chairlift with a plastic cover but what good would that be when you can take Peak 2 Peak again and go back across to Whistler? Glad we chose to do this because on the second crossing we saw black bears below us. Just awesome.
All in all, a great experience on a gorgeous, sunny day in August! Do not miss the chance to ride on Peak 2 Peak if you’re ever in Whistler. Even if you’re a bit nervous like I was, once you get on you are completely entranced by the scenery and the jitters soon disappear.
(you can get temps for Whistler/Blackcomb here: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/live/index.htm)
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