Blackcomb Peak

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This article describes the geographical feature Blackcomb Peak, for the ski resort see Whistler Blackcomb.
Blackcomb Peak
Blackcomb Peak.jpg
Highest point
Elevation2,436 m (7,992 ft) [1]
Prominence86 m (282 ft) [1]
Coordinates50°04′53″N 122°52′15″W / 50.08139°N 122.87083°W / 50.08139; -122.87083Coordinates: 50°04′53″N 122°52′15″W / 50.08139°N 122.87083°W / 50.08139; -122.87083[1]
Geography
Blackcomb Peak is located in British Columbia
Blackcomb Peak
Blackcomb Peak
Location in British Columbia
Blackcomb Peak is located in Canada
Blackcomb Peak
Blackcomb Peak
Blackcomb Peak (Canada)
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Parent rangeFitzsimmons Range
Topo mapNTC 92J/02
Climbing
First ascent1923 Phyllis Munday, Don Munday[1]
Easiest routeclass 3

Blackcomb Peak is a mountain located east of Whistler, British Columbia that forms the boundary between the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort and Garibaldi Provincial Park. Like Whistler Mountain, it is located on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the ski lifts are often used to access the park, particularly for the Spearhead Traverse.

Several skiing runs are established on the mountain, with Whistler Village at the base of the mountain on the side facing Whistler Mountain, and Blackcomb Village on the face opposite. The 2010 Winter Olympics sliding sports took place on its slopes, with the Whistler Sliding Centre located on it.

Climate[edit]

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Blackcomb Peak is located in the marine west coast climate zone of western North America.[2]

Blackcomb Peak

Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel east toward the Coast Mountains where they are forced upward by the range (Orographic lift), causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall. As a result, the Coast Mountains experience high precipitation, especially during the winter months in the form of snowfall. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for climbing Blackcomb Peak.

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Blackcomb Mountain, as seen looking north from Whistler Mountain. The trails served by Seventh Heaven are seen face-on just right of mid-frame, the upper half of these trails are not obvious in the large "bowl" along the top of the peak. The majority of Blackcomb's trails run down the slope to the left, and are not easily visible in this picture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Blackcomb Peak". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  2. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.