As Spring shifts to Summer each year, many skiers and boarders fall into that inevitable seasonal depression. However, as we’ve noted previously, not everyone has had to deal with the closing of their mountains. Mammoth is still kicking strong, and in a couple days our friends to the North in British Columbia will drop the rope on some amazing Summer skiing.
After a record breaking year of snowfall, glacier skiing and riding returns on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier this Saturday June 19th with some of the best conditions seen in recent memory.
For the public, the Blackcomb Park Crew has been working tirelessly to build a summer mini pipe under the Glacier Express chair. The pipe’s construction is nearing completion, and the official opening day will be posted on whistlerblackcomb.com. When the pipe opens it will be hike accessible, allowing easy access to get as many hits possible.
The bottom basin of the Showcase T-Bar will become a jib yard with both features for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. Regular skiing and riding lanes will also be available for use.
But the real tenants of the Horstman Glacier are of course the infamous summer camps that operate there each June and July. These camps regularly attract the top ski and snowboard magazines and professional film crews who come to check out the amazing scene. Returning once again to the glacier will be Momentum Ski Camps and Camp of Champions.
Each camp also plans to bring a laundry list of pros including the likes of gold medal winner Alex Bilodeau and snowboard pro Chris Dufficy. Other big-names include skiers Sarah Burke, TJ Schiller, Mike Riddle, Rory Bushfield, Corey Vanular, and Ian Cosco, as well as snowboarders TJ Schneider, Rube Goldberg, Beau Bishop, Verra Janssen, Andrew Burns and many more.
Accessing the Horstman Glacier begins at the base of Blackcomb Mountain via the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster to the Rendezvous. From there guests will be taken via shuttle bus to the 7th Heaven Express Chair, which will bring them to the top of the Glacier.
Lift access to the glacier is via Horstman and Showcase T-bars.
General public access from the valley runs 10am-2pm for sightseers and 11am-1:30pm for skiers and riders. Glacier skiing is available from 12pm-3pm. Glacier skiing runs until July 25 and terrain park features will be available as long as snow pack and weather allows.