During a one night stop at the luxury ski resort I took the opportunity to research the hiking opportunities in these fantastic mountains close to Vancouver.
I was shocked at how little hiking is being promoted. A visit to tourist information will get you only a list of short day walks appropriate for non-hikers.
Why? The problem is that Whistler has so much to offer besides hiking â€” especially skiing and mountain biking.
The tourist infrastructure is geared for the 2 million+ gift shop tourists each year.
No need for a serious hiker to plan on basecamp hiking out of Whistler. Head for the much less expensive climbing mecca of Squamish instead.
A day hike up granite Stawamus Chief looming over the town is an excellent warm-up.
To plan your hikes, grab a copy of “Don’t Waste Your Time in the B.C. Coast Mountains” and head for the hills independently.