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When we arrived in Whistler, the second stop on our Great Coast Road Trip, on a beautiful spring day, we had no idea that a couple of hours later, we would be walking through snow instead of green grass! But the higher we took the gondola up to Whistler Mountain, the more the grass was replaced by patches of snow, until eventually a thick blanket of snow covered the entire ground. We couldn’t believe how much snow there still was, and that people were still snow tubing! At an altitude of 2,284 meters/ 7,494 feet, the snow lasts here until deep into the summer months – apparently, it doesn’t melt until August!
Whistler is one of the most popular ski resorts in Canada, but even now that the ski season has officially ended, the village was buzzing with people! We learned that Whistler was not only a mecca for ski and snowboard aficionados but also for downhill mountain bikers, hikers, water sport fans and climbers, who keep the village nearly as busy in the summer as it is during the winter months. I can’t wait to share more about my time in Whistler with you, which was jam-packed with gondola rides (including the Peak2Peak gondola which holds the record for the longest unsupported span with 3.024 km/1.88 miles), ziplining through the treetops around Whistler, exploring lakes and waterfalls and some seriously good food!