Originally Posted by GregGaspar
Any advice from anyone who has skied the glacier in summer?
I was there once showing midwest family around and we made it all the way to the top of Blackcomb but did not ski. What I saw was that the two T-bars on the glacier were open and that is all. Not much challenge unless you are involved in the racing or freestyle camps that go on there.
I talked to a guy who had gone there this summer to test out some new equipment and he said that they open the lifts at 11:00 AM and close at 3:00 PM. This means that you start from the base at 11, take two chairs to Rendevous, get on a bus which takes you to 7th Heaven and ride that chair to the top. Then you put on your skis and get going. This takes most of an hour according to him. He said that all you can get is laps and it wears thin fast. For $44 or so it seems a bit much for me.
There is so much to do here in the PNW that driving 5 hours through the region's worst traffic to Whistler to take a few lame turns on sloppy snow just doesn't hold much for me. However, it might be fun if it's packaged with other stuff. There is lots to do at Whistler in the summer and much to see. The view from the top is fantastic. It's a long drive from Seattle and once you cross the border there is lots of construction going on, so be patient and give yourself lots of time. If you're after beautiful scenery you can get plenty by staying in Washington and saving yourself drive time. Go to Olympic National Park and drive to Hurricane Ridge or drive the Cascade Loop or go to Mt. Rainier, or etc.
Have a good time and welcome to our part of the world. Don't be so surprised, summers are usually glorious around here.