1. Mount Currie, Pemberton
Why we love Mount Currie:
Mount Currie is the northernmost summit of the Garibaldi Ranges in southwestern British Columbia, and is known as Ts’zil in the local St’at’imcets language. Mount Currie is the namesake of the adjoining Mount Currie Indian Reserve, home of the Lil’wat First Nation
Extraordinary fact: The mountain was named after John Currie – the first permanent non-indigenous settler in the Pemberton Valley in the 1870’s.
Best spots to see it: North Arm Farm, The Pony Inn, Happy Trail lookout (summer bike trail)
2. Black Tusk, Garibaldi Provincial Park
Why we love Black Tusk:
To Squamish First Nations Black Tusk mountain is known as “t’ak‘t’ak mu’yin tl’a in7in’a’xe7en”, meaning Landing Place of the Thunderbird. In native history it is thought that the jagged shape of the mountain’s peak, and its black colouring, are a result of the Thunderbird’s lightning.
Extraordinary fact: Black Tusk is a dormant stratovolcano. The volcano is in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt that forms part of the pacific Ring of Fire.
Best spots to see it: Top of Whistler, 7the Heaven, Callaghan Valley Road
3. Mount Tantalus, Squamish
Why we love Mount Tantalus:
Mount Tantalus is the highest mountain in the Tantalus Range and is called “tsekílx” by the Sḵwxwú7mesh First Nations.
Extraordinary fact: The origin of the name Tantalus comes from Greek mythology. Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp and the water always receding before he could take a drink. It is thought that this is the origin of the word “tantalize”.
Best spots to see it: The Tantalus lookout on the Sea to Sky Highway
4 & 5. Whistler and Blackcomb
Why we love Whistler:
Whistler Mountain is a mountain in the Fitzsimmons Range of the Coast Mountains. Whistler Mountain is on the right (above) and has a summit elevation of 2,184 meters (7,165 feet). The total vertical drop is 1,530 meters (5,020 feet) and it has 4,757 acres of skiable inbound terrain. Along with being home to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, it’s not hard to see why we (and thousands of others) love it.
Extraordinary fact: Whistler’s original name was London Mountain. However, it was swiftly changed when the mountain became popular as a ski resort. It was thought the association with London’s grey rainy weather would be bad for advertising,*chuckle*.
Best spots to see it: Paraglide launch on Rainbow Mountain, Rainbow Park, Blackcomb
Why we love Blackcomb:
Extraordinary fact: Blackcomb (on the left above) is home to the Couloir Extreme – one of our favourite places on a powder day – given the accolade of one of the “top ten in-bounds steeps runs in the world” according to Skiing Magazine. Originally called the Saudan Couloir by local skiers, Blackcomb eventually had to drop the name after complaints from extreme skier Sylvain Saudan about the unauthorized use of his name.
Best spots to see it: Whistler, Paraglide launch on Rainbow Mountain, Rainbow Park
Bonus Fact: When the two mountains were owned by separate companies skiers could buy a dual mountain pass that would allow them to ski both Whistler and Blackcomb. For many years, some skiers would buy their ticket and ask “So where is Dual Mountain?”.
If we missed out a mountain that you love, please leave a comment below and we’ll make sure we add it in.
Happy International Mountain Day from the beautiful west coast of British Columbia!