If you’re looking for a hiking challenge, Blackcomb’s new Ascent Trails might be your next stop.
The mountain announced the debut of the first phase of a series of trails that, once completed, will offer 5.2 kilometres of uphill hiking and an elevation gain of 1,200 metres.
For comparison, the Grouse Grind is 2.9 kilometres long with an elevation of 853 metres.
The Blackcomb Ascent Trails wind through old growth forest terrain from Whistler’s valley bottom up to Blackcomb’s Rendezvous Lodge. The first phase will open on Saturday, and will include the first two sections of trail from the valley to the top of the Wizard Express chairlift.
The second phase will include the third section that extends from the bottom of the Wizard Express to the Rendezvous Lodge and will open summer of next year.
According to representatives of Whistler Blackcomb, the trails were designed for people to customize their experience depending on their fitness level. Those using the trail have the option to download using the mountain’s chair lifts.
This new series of trails is in addition to the series of summer hiking trails already available on the mountain. A Blackcomb Ascent ticket costs $15 for those who don’t have season or day passes.
Not into uphill hikes? Check out our list of five easy hikes to do in Vancouver.