Alpine Ad­ven­tures

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - ADVENTURE -

There is no eas­ier way to get out into Whistler’s snowy back­coun­try than by snow­mo­bile or snow­cat. Whether you are a rank be­gin­ner or an ex­pert op­er­a­tor of “snow ma­chines,” there are a wide range of thrilling tours to suit all abil­i­ties. Lo­cal guided tours range from two to seven hours over a va­ri­ety of ter­rain: in the beau­ti­ful Cal­laghan Val­ley or up the slopes of Black­comb Moun­tain. The three-hour Black­comb Moun­tain Sa­fari, op­er­ated by Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures (CWA), is punc­tu­ated by a visit to the mid-moun­tain Crys­tal Hut, at 1,800 me­tres (6,000 feet), for a warm­ing treat and mag­i­cal views of the Vil­lage. Ex­pe­ri­ence CWA’s night­time fon­due tour, rec­og­nized by Cana­dian Tourism Com­mis­sion with a Cana­dian Sig­na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence des­ig­na­tion. De­part­ing at 7:30 pm by snow­mo­bile or 8:00 pm by snow­cat, guests are treated to a sump­tu­ous fon­due feast at the Crys­tal Hut, with views of the Vil­lage lights far be­low. Black­comb Snow­mo­bile of­fers a wide range of tours in­clud­ing one specif­i­cally ori­ented to­ward fam­i­lies. The com­pany’s most pop­u­lar, the Wilder­ness Tour, is a two- or three-hour ex­pe­ri­ence that takes you into the alpine. The two-hour tour in­cludes a hot bev­er­age and a snack, and the three-hour tour in­cludes lunch at a pri­vate cabin in the pic­turesque Cal­laghan Val­ley. Din­ner tours with choices of a tra­di­tional cheese fon­due or a menu with steak or salmon are also avail­able. Visit cana­di­an­wilder­ness.com or black­comb­snow­mo­bile.com.

PHO­TOS JOERN ROHDE

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