Whistler ski resort in British Columbia is named after the whistling sound made by the hoary marmots native to the area’s alpine environments.
Whistler Mountain itself was originally named London Mountain by British naval officers surveying the area in the 1860s. The name Whistler Mountain was officially adopted in the mid-1960s during the early years of its development as a commercial ski resort.
Blackcomb Gondola opens daily at 8:30 am during ski season and at 10 am during the summer sightseeing season, although lift operation is weather dependent and times may vary.
The Blackcomb Gondola runs from the base of Blackcomb Mountain by the Blackcomb Daylodge in the Upper Village and the ride takes 18 minutes to the top.
Opened in December 2018, the Blackcomb Gondola replaced the old Wizard Express and Solar Coaster chairlifts to offer skiers and non-skiers a fully-enclosed year-round ride up to Rendezvous Lodge and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola over to Whistler Mountain.
You can walk from Creekside to Whistler Village along the Valley Trail, a year-round paved trail that offers a safer alternative route away from the traffic of Highway 99.
The scenic trail begins opposite Evolution in Creekside, passing underneath Highway 99 and continues past Nita Lake, through Lakeside Park, eventually emerging in Whistler Village. The well-signposted trail is approximately 5 kilometres (or 3 miles) long and takes under an hour at a moderate pace.
The Valley Trail is shared with other walkers and cyclists, so keep right and allow others to pass if necessary.