Whistler Day 4 – Sun

by jc

After two days of clouds and poor visibility we were finally blessed with some bluebird skies and sunshine!  With the clear views Pete was able to finally see the beauty and sheer massiveness of these two mountains.

Beautiful view from the top of Whistler.

Beautiful view from the top of Whistler.

We started the day off with a huge omelette in our condo: 9 eggs + bacon + whole avocado + 1/2 red pepper + 1/2 green pepper + mushrooms.  On the side I had a wonderful 4-shot Americano fetched by my lovely man from the Starbucks beneath us.  It was delish and kept us full all day – all I needed was a granola bar mid-day to keep me going!

We boarded the Whistler gondola right after breakfast and crossed over to Harmony chair.  The difference between today and the previous days was amazing and we were able to take in the full beauty of Whistler’s alpine bowls.  We continued over to Symphony Amphitheatre and hiked up into Flute Bowl.  I remembered Flute Bowl as some of my favourite skiing from a trip two years ago with my brothers, so I wanted to make sure I took Pete there.  Surprisingly there were only a handful of tracks in the bowl when we got there.  I guess the poor visibility and the hike deterred most people from going over there the past few days.  We hiked as fast as possible (hey those workouts at Greco paid off!) and did two laps of Flute.  The snow was still light, fluffy and glistening like a bed of diamonds in the sun.  Those were definitely the two best runs of the day and we contemplated doing a third lap but figured we should explore some other areas of the mountain while the sun was out.

View from the top of Whistler.

View from the top of Whistler.

Peak 2 Peak.

Peak 2 Peak.

Roundhouse Lodge.

Roundhouse Lodge.

The PEAK!

The PEAK!

Done the hike up Flute Bowl and ready to drop in.

Done the hike up Flute Bowl and ready to drop in.

Things could be worse.

Things could be worse.

Glorious Flute Bowl... I love you!

Glorious Flute Bowl… I love you!

Harmony Express.

Harmony Express.

After Flute we took the Saddle down to Peak chair and did two laps there before heading down the Peak to Creek run.  We were planning on taking the whole thing down to Creekside gondola but unfortunately the whole run wasn’t open so we stopped at the midstation.  From there we took Red Chair back up and then crossed over to Blackcomb on the Peak 2 Peak.  We waited in line to take the glass-bottomed gondola… intense!

Inukshuk HEY!

Inukshuk HEY!

Glass bottom... yikes!

Glass bottom… yikes!

Yowzas.

Yowzas.

Just hanging out in the sky between two mountains.

Just hanging out in the sky between two mountains.

We desperately wanted to try to make it up to the Showcase T-bar before it closed at 3 pm as we wanted to get into Blackcomb Glacier (it’s been closed since we’ve been here) but we just couldn’t make it in time.  We did however make it to Glacier Express and climbed up Spanky’s Ladder to ski through Garnet Bowl, this time with much improved visibility.  The snow was not fresh and was a bit sun-baked and crusty, but to a couple of Ontario kids it was still awesome!  After that we did the long ski out to Excelerator chair which we took up to meet some friends at the top of the terrain park.  We did a final lap through the park, sun shining and music blasting through the speakers.  It was a perfect end to a perfect day!

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