Postcard-perfect mountain scenes await visitors when Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience opens for summer operations in late May. The focus of the 360 Experience is of course the Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola connecting the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains by an 11 minute, 4.4 kilometre journey 436 metres above the valley floor. You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s the journey not the destination,” but with the PEAK 2 PEAK it’s both.

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola connects visitors to more than 50 kilometres of hiking trails at the heart of summer and numerous other activities on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. No matter what trail you choose, you’ll be rewarded with Instagram-worthy sights, such as the spectacular Black Tusk, wildflower dotted meadows, gorgeous glacier lakes, massive glaciers, and otherworldly mountain vistas.

For those looking to earn their mountain-top views with a little hard work, the Blackcomb Ascent Trails opened last summer with the final section, Heart Burn, opening this coming July. Once complete, the three interconnected trails will travel over five kilometres through beautiful old growth coastal rain forests gaining 1,200 metres of elevation from valley bottom to the Rendezvous Lodge near the top of Blackcomb.

Other signature trails include the High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain, offering stunning views of the volcanic Black Tusk and Cheakamus Lake, starting from the top of the Peak Express and finishing at the Roundhouse Lodge. High Note is nearly ten kilometres in length, so be prepared to spend approximately three to four hours on the trail. On Blackcomb, the Decker Loop is a must-do alpine trail with views of ancient mountain peaks, the Overlord Glacier, and a glacial alpine lake (called a tarn). Connecting with the Overlord Trail, the Decker Loop travels over seven kilometres and also requires three to four hours to complete.

With over 50 kilometres of trails, there are plenty of trails to choose from for all levels of fitness, including the giant snow walls towering above Pika’s Traverse on Whistler Mountain early in the summer. Regardless of which trail you choose, it’s important to be prepared to hike in the mountains with proper clothing, food, water, and sun protection. Remember to respect all wildlife by packing out any garbage, and do not approach or attempt to feed bears.

One thing is obvious, outdoor enthusiasts will love summer at Whistler Blackcomb!