Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
Mountain sightseeing in Whistler is a definite must for any visitors’ bucket list. If you’re not a skier or snowboarder, there’s no need to fret — the Whistler Peak to Peak experience is open to everyone!
Non-skiers have three gondola options for their riding pleasure. In order to get up and down the mountain, to and from the starting points of the Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola, sightseers can travel on either the Whistler Village Gondola or the Blackcomb Gondola.
The Whistler Village Gondola is located right at the base of Whistler Mountain in the heart of the Village at Skiers’ Plaza. The gondola takes approximately 25 minutes to ride up and drops you off right by the Roundhouse Lodge.
The Blackcomb Gondola is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. The gondola takes approximately 18 minutes to ride up and drops you off right by the Rendezvous Lodge.
The Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola
From both of these drop off points, the entrance to the Peak to Peak is just a short walk. Once you arrive at the terminal for the Peak to Peak on either mountain, you have the option of boarding right away or joining the line to wait for one of two glass-bottom cabins.
The ride across takes approximately 11 minutes one way. You can ride the Peak to Peak across as many times as you like.
If you’re lucky to travel on the Peak to Peak on a clear and sunny day, the surrounding views are absolutely breathtaking. Keep an eye out for the massive Overlord Glacier at the end of the valley, the Fitzsimmons Creek below you and the stunning views of Whistler valley.
Not only are the views amazing, but the gondola itself is pretty incredible too. The gondola holds two world records including the longest, continuous lift system and the highest gondola of its kind, at 436 metres above the valley floor.
There are great options for mountain-top dining if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat.
On the Whistler side in the Roundhouse Lodge, enjoy cafeteria-style dining with a wide variety of options from classics such as burgers, pizza and soup, to sandwiches, curries and more. If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience, Steeps Grill & Wine Bar in the lodge offers a menu focused on locally-sourced ingredients and regional wines.
On the Blackcomb side in the Rendezvous Lodge, enjoy similar cafeteria-style dining with the usual classics as well as international options such as Mexican and Asian food. For fine-dining, Christine’s on Blackcomb offers a great wine list and a farm-to-table menu.
Making the Most of the Peak to Peak Experience
As with any outdoor activity in Whistler, it’s important to dress properly for the Peak to Peak experience. I recommend wearing warm layers, toque and mitts and good boots for walking in the snow.
Tickets for the Peak to Peak can be purchased online from Whistler Blackcomb up to three days before your intended date or in-person at any of the Guest Services locations or ticket windows.
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