Know Before You Go: Biking, Hiking and Sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb

Two mountain bikers on Top of the World trail in Whistler

Know Before You Go: Biking, Hiking and Sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb

Updated July 2, 2021

The mountains are open! Here’s what you need to know before you embark on your adventure to Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain Bike Park this summer.

It’s worth bearing in mind that COVID protocols are going to evolve as things change over the course of the summer, so take a deep breath, plan ahead; we’re in this together and we’re getting there!

Two people hike on Whistler Blackcomb in the high alpine. The sun rises in the background.

Get into the high alpine on Whistler Blackcomb this summer. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

General Information for any Whistler Blackcomb Adventure

  • Guests are no longer required to wear a face mask when exploring Whistler Blackcomb
  • There is no reservation system for sightseeing / hiking or for the bike park
  • It’s best to purchase sightseeing and hiking, and bike park tickets online, ahead of time
  • It’s cashless transactions only at Whistler Blackcomb
Riders on a technical trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Get ready for some rocks and roots. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

The Whistler Bike Park opened at the end of May with the Fitzsimmons Zone, where there’s a trail for every level of rider, from novice to expert. Right out of the gate it’s extended play all the way, with the bike park open from 10 AM to 8 PM. More Zones will be coming into play as the snow melts, so keep your eyes on the hours of operation page.

Check Whistler Blackcomb’s trail page to see what’s open before you come. The Creekside and Garbanzo Zones come online on June 12, and to round out the good times they’re opening Dusty’s Bar & BBQ at this time too! FYI – Bike Park Pass Holders get 15% off all food all summer.

Two mountain bikers on Top of the World trail in Whistler

Go with a pro. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Level Up With Lessons

Both Men’s and the GT Women’s Nights are back on and Whistler Blackcomb is offering two new lesson types; Progress the Park and Elevate the Park, aimed at helping adult riders safely advance their skills on both flow and tech trail riding. These are in addition to their Daily Adult Clinics (some experience needed), Intro to Park and Privates.

And for the kids, DFX is back with their club and daily group lessons, along with the three-day, Summer Gravity Camps for the tweens, teens and adults. Find out more about Whistler Blackcomb lessons on their website.

New to the Whistler Bike Park?

Any beginners planning to visit the Whistler Bike Park for the first time are strongly encouraged to take a lesson and take it from us, you’re going to want the proper equipment. Check out Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park 101: A First-Timer’s Guide for a full rundown on what you need and what to expect.

Whistler Blackcomb has put up progression signage in the park this summer to allow riders to safely figure out which trail to try next as they improve their skills. The team at the Orientation Centre (located at the top of the Fitzsimmons chairlift) can also help riders navigate the area and get riding tips.

Take a look at Whistler.com’s Stay & Bike Park Package for a deal when you book accommodation and Whistler Bike park tickets together.

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in Whistler.

Spanning two mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a Whistler must-do. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb

Sightseeing is running out of the base of Blackcomb Mountain, while the bike park takes over Whistler Village. You can still access Whistler Mountain via the PEAK 2 PEAK, which is open for the full 360 experience. The Peak Chair is open for hiking and sightseeing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and although the Raven’s Eye Viewing Platform is open, the Cloudraker Suspension Bridge is still closed at this point. 

Black Tusk and Fall Hikers at Sunset

Iconic Black Tusk Mountain is the core of an extinct volcano and, according to local indigenous legends, also the Landing Place of the Thunderbird. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Hiking on Whistler Blackcomb

The hiking trails are starting to emerge around the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb, but if there’s a certain trail you’re wanting to do make sure you check it’s open as the snow is still melting across the 50-kilometres of trail network available.

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are open; read more about them in, Adventure Differently: Hike in Whistler This Summer

The Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain in the summer.

We love grabbing a Caesar at the Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Dining on Whistler Blackcomb

Indoor dining is back online for on-mountain dining options, and although you don’t need a reservation you can book a table for après via the TOCK app.

The Roundhouse Lodge, Rendezvous Lodge, Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) and Garbanzo Grill are all open (hours correspond with lift operations), with Dusty’s Bar & BBQ opening on June 12 and the Roundhouse’s much-loved Umbrella Bar will return for weekends starting in mid-June. Merlins, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, will not be opening this summer. 

Table bookings are 50-minutes long and seat up to six people. Food choice is limited to grab n’ go options, in line with COVID health recommendations, except for at GLC and Dusty’s, where there is table service. And, we’re very happy to announce that espresso-style beverages are back!

Hikers on High Note Trial in Whistler

Create your Whistler Blackcomb hiking bucket list this summer. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

Again, this summer will be one that sees Whistler Blackcomb adjusting to protocol changes as the season progresses. Make sure you know what to expect before you arrive and pack your patience; we’re all in this together. If you want to win a trip to Whistler this summer (enter now, travel later), check out the Adventure Deeper Contest, which includes round-trip airfare, six nights’ accommodation and a host of summer activity fun.

This summer, the longer you stay, the more you save with room rates dropping as you book more nights (7 nights from $109 CAD per night). You will also receive a free adventure voucher, which gets you up to $100 off a Whistler activity. 

Dee Raffo

Dee Raffo

You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.

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