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Jul '17

Trip Report: Return To Whistler, Fun In The Sun

Got to the condo around noon, let them know we were here (and to call when the room was ready), and headed into town to pick up Mags Mountain Pass. A little longer line than last week, but it was also a sunny day. A great day to head up the mountain.

As you can tell from previous posts, I love coming up to Whistler/Blackcomb in the summer.

After the Village Gondola to get up the mountain, next we did the Peak-2-Peak….

And then onto bus, down the hill a bit to the 7th Heaven chairlift —

Not as many people as last year when the place was packed with Summer Camp Skiing, but the view is still pretty spectacular.

Yes, that would be a cocktail at 7,500 feet!

Here’s a great 360-degree video from the top:

Already thinking about trying to come back at least once in August, maybe early September as well, though the 7th Heaven lift closes in a couple of weeks.

Had lunch at the Roundhouse – this time I went for the Kid’s Fish and Chips Combo, with a tiny bottle of wine, sadly, no photos.

Back on the Peak-2-Peak for a little more sightseeing, and down the hill to do some grocery shopping for dinner. Got settled into the condo, made some cocktails and put on the news.

Salmon tonight:

The nice thing about staying and the WorldMark Creekside is the BBQ on the deck. Handy for the salmon! Please note the use of the blender top to keep the rose chilled.

Speaking of chill, I put on the Speedos and headed to the whirlpool – Mags was content to hang out in the unit.

Early to bed for Mags, late to bed for me, so it’s 11 by the time we get out the door to once again, abuse our parking pass from last week to park at Cascade Lodge.

And up the hill we go again on the Whistler Gondola, then the nasty hike down the hill to the Peak Express, passing slalom skiers.

At the top with one of the Olympic figures in the background:

The Peak Express is the lift that one of the wine shop customers “lost it” on, not lunch, just freaked out on the way up and wouldn’t get back on the lift to go back down – it took them three and a half hours to walk back down to the Roundhouse (the terminus of the Whistler Gondola). Had she gotten back on it, this is the ride that would have given her a stroke:

Actually, the nasty hike is when you have to huff and puff your way up a thousand feet elevation chance. I made it, with MANY stops.

A little photo op before lunch…

We cut today short and caught the Solar Coaster, then the Wizard Express down the Blackcomb side – Mags was headed off to rent a bicycle and explore, I opted for lunch at Milestones.

Does this look like something I’d order to go with this?

Walked back to the car and headed to Creekside and the new room – I couldn’t find two nights in the same size unit. First nice was two-bedroom, two-bath, plus bunk beds and a fold-out couch (WAY too much for two people). Tonight is a one-bedroom, two bath, plus bunk beds (actually big enough for me) and a fold-out couch. At least I got some pictures of the “smaller” unit.

Ever seen bunkbeds with twelve inch mattresses – swanky!

Dinner was sausages off the grill – sadly I was a little slow in getting a photograph…

Headed home around nine, got back to town before three.

Another adventure complete.

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