Whistler Blackcomb became one of the largest ski resorts in the world when it was joined by the iconic Peak 2 Peak gondola.

Skiers have unfettered access to more than 8,000 acres of terrain spread across two peaks that each offer roughly 5,000 ft. of vertical. There’s nothing like it in all of North America.

That’s all fine and good, but it wasn’t too long ago that Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains were separate ski resorts with a friendly, yet intense rivalry.

Whistler Blackcomb has just released a short film (~24 minutes) detailing the history between the two mountains that’s well-worth your time.

Queue this video up for your lunch break. It’s fantastic.

Whistler Blackcomb: “Steeped in history and fueled by passion, the playful rivalry between Whistler and Blackcomb has always been the driver of progression. Whether it was building the chairlift that went just a bit higher, the invention of the sniffle station, or the never-ending argument about whose terrain will open first, it’s one that will bring out the best lift line banter on the deepest days of the season.

With the guidance of the forefathers who were there from the start, the crews who epitomized a competitive dynamic, and the storytellers who were there for iconic moments along the way, watch this story of how a rivalry over 40 years old has evolved and pushed Whistler-Blackcomb to become the greatest ski resort in North America.

Along the way, that same rivalry has simultaneously pushed the skiers and riders who make up the community to be some of the most progressive on the planet, and it shows—what mountain boasts more pros that call it home than Whistler Blackcomb? Who’s got a deeper snowpack and who could possibly go bigger than us? To be great, you need someone pushing you—and in so many ways, that’s exactly what the rivals have done for each other. Produced with support of TELUS”

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