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Summer skiing at Whistler

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My family is planning a trip to Whistler in July. Is the summer skiing open to the public or pretty much just for camps?

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IMHO

 

You can ski in the summer at least some of the time, but I wouldn't recommend it.  All you get is a T-bar and some sun cupped snow at a fairly low angle.  If you're the general public you can't even use the whole slope that is available because the camps have a good piece of it reserved for them.  I've been up there and didn't choose to ski.  Unless you want to do it so you can say you did it, it's not worth the time and money unless you're part of a camp.  It's a beautiful place, so take the trip up there and walk around, take pictures, go on a hike, etc., but wait for winter to ski.

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Thanks -- I still might try it though since we are there for our summer vacation. A couple years ago we were in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in June and I tried skiing up on the Jungfrau. Tons of snow but they just had a small area roped off (about the size of my yard) with a handle tow. Snow was excellent but only room to make about 10 tight turns and that was it. Went summer skiing on the Stubai Glacier in Austria and that was quite a bit larger.

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Does anyone know how Whistler compares to Mt Hood in the summer?

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Having spent many a summer at both Hood and Whistler/Blackcomb, here are my thoughts:

 

If you know Hood and its rather consistent, relatively steep pitch, Whistler and Blackcomb are different.  Whistler's summer terrain is steep at top, leveling out near the bottom of the temporary T-bar they install for the summer.  Blackcomb has more rolling terrain on its glacier, with a more expansive layout than at Whistler.  Both areas have a lot of terrain reserved for ski teams to train, as is the case at Hood.

 

But the big plus of Whister/Blackcomb is the off-snow options: there is a lot to do in the summer, given the base area is essentially a town unto itself.  At Hood, you have the lodge or Government Camp, neither of which is too exciting.

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My family is planning a trip to Whistler in July. Is the summer skiing open to the public or pretty much just for camps?


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Having spent many a summer at both Hood and Whistler/Blackcomb, here are my thoughts:

 

If you know Hood and its rather consistent, relatively steep pitch, Whistler and Blackcomb are different.  Whistler's summer terrain is steep at top, leveling out near the bottom of the temporary T-bar they install for the summer.  Blackcomb has more rolling terrain on its glacier, with a more expansive layout than at Whistler.  Both areas have a lot of terrain reserved for ski teams to train, as is the case at Hood.

 

But the big plus of Whister/Blackcomb is the off-snow options: there is a lot to do in the summer, given the base area is essentially a town unto itself.  At Hood, you have the lodge or Government Camp, neither of which is too exciting.


There is a ton to do in the summer; I have been going there every year for the past 10 years for downhill mountain biking and it is a blast.

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