Imagine riding along in a gondola suspended over a 1,000 feet above the valley floor and disappearing into the clouds. The Peak to Peak Experience at Whistler Blackcomb transports visitors from Whistler peak to Blackcomb peak. In the winter, these cars would be filled with skiers and snowboarders. I’m sure it was crazy packed during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The weekend Josh and I went they were filled with hikers who wanted to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
On the first day we visited the air was crisp yet with a slight haze from wildfires in Northern British Columbia. It was overcast the second day and many who hesitated to go up in the clouds missed out on quite an experience. The weather was clear and sunny at the top. The cloud cover was so thick below that we could not see Whistler Village. The gondola cars were less crowded and many times we rode across by ourselves. At the beginning of our ride the cars ahead of us vanished into the mist. Once we got closer to the clouds the spooky factor chimed in. Our visibility shrunk down to about 20 feet. At the lowest point the view cleared up beneath the clouds and we briefly saw Fitzsimmons Creek before riding back up.
I’m glad we had the chance to ride on a clear day; however I enjoyed the cloudy day more. If you plan a trip up to Whistler in the summer and you feel the cloudy weather may slow you down, you may be in for a surprise.