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The ski lifts host merry skiers, but the elevated chairs also lead Whistler attendants on other chosen adventures. Whistler is heaven for hikers, and with over 50 km of trails, those looking to take a stroll or day’s worth of hiking look no further for satisfaction.
All Levels of Exercise
A primary reason the mountain is perfect for hikers is the variety of trails and related difficulties. For example, the Alpine Vista Route is perfect for those who visit with families. The Overlord Vistas are reserved for those who would like a day’s worth of hiking ahead of them. Of course, be wary of suggested skill and health levels; the Running the Rooftop Route is not for novices!
Hikers love the fact that all trails and links are marked and mapped. If you’re a first-time visitor to the area but a seasoned hiker, be modest in mapping out intended routes. Take note of lengths and recommend appropriate trails to attending family members and friends. Like when skiing or snowboarding, it’s unsafe for novices to tackle advanced routes. The Alpine Walk trail is 1.6 km, takes about an hour, and rests at a 65 m elevation; the Marmot Trail is more of an ‘uphill’ hike at 174m elevation; and so on.
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Safety and Precaution
It’s easy to stay safe and measures ahead of any surprises related to weather and wildlife. However, a few primary insights include: never go hiking alone (pets are not permitted), carry water and a snack for added energy, and be aware of weather patterns and snow and/or debris falling from mountain walls and above crevices.
Providing the perfect environment for the species, a number of bears make Whistler Blackcomb home. Locals and those who work on the mountain share the mountain with wildlife and urge hikers to wear bells (to prevent surprising animals) and clean feeding areas of trash. Bears are a welcome reality on the mountain, so give bears time to get away while backing away slowly if you encounter one on trails or around hotel booked via WhistlerPremier.com. Otherwise, the bears are yet another reason to hike at Whistler, with tours purposely targeting bear-friendly areas.
If you would like to get exercise and learn a new craft while in the area, take a photography tour led by a guide who teachers hikers/photographers how to take unique nature shots. Who knows? With the technology and opportunity afforded via YouTube and other social channels, you can start a photography blog using newly learned skills and make a new interest into a supplemental income.
Free-Roaming Moms and Dads
Part-time childcare services ensure mom and dad enjoy hiking as a couple. Furthermore, a number of kid-targeted activities, including day camps, give parents plenty of free time to enjoy the many hiking trails while children safely occupied.
Hikers of all skill levels revere Whistler Blackcomb. Of course, in season, the area hosts scores of skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobile riders, yet hikers love the beauty of the land, the variety of trails, and the great feeling of being in nature.
Martha Smith is a hiking enthusiast of many years. When she’s not outdoors exploring, she is indoors writing all about it. You can find her enlightening posts on a variety of top websites and blogs.