Peak to Peak at Whistler – 23 August 2017

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A later start today with breakfast not until 8:30. We even came back to the room for a while before heading out. Leaving at 10:30 we made our way to the Lift station for the first part of our Peak 2 Peak adventure. Our tour director had already secured the tickets for us so we just joined the queue and made our way into a cabin of the Whistler Gondola. I have a quite severe fear of heights so for me this was a big step and we were lucky to share our cabin with two other couples and two of them were scared of heights as well. I faced the mountain but could still see plenty of the views.

Mountain bike trials were below us most of the way and the journey takes about 30 minutes. Arriving at the end of the gondola we took some photos and walked around this area before heading to the Peak 2 Peak which traverses from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. It’s a feat of engineering boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 kilometres or 1.88 miles). It’s also the highest lift of its kind with an elevation of 436 metres (1,427 ft). The cabins also have windows all around so this time there was no mountain to look at and I managed to even take some photos.

Over on Blackcomb after about 15 minutes we had some lunch (pretty exxy lunch) and watched a film about summer on the mountains. You can go back to the village down Blackcomb Mountain but this is an open chairlift and I’m not ready for that yet. So we went back down the way we came. Although Glenn did do a secondary chairlift himself to the top of Whistler Mountain.

Down on earth we caught the free bus to Lost Lake where the locals swim in summer and then wandered around Whistler Village for a couple of hours. We even found a deli that sold homemade sausage rolls for only $3 and bought fresh baguettes for our dinner. A stop at the grocery store for milk drinks and meals taken care of. We both have aching feet so while Glenn took a bath I resorted to soaking them in a bucket of cold water (thanks rubbish bin in room).

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