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Whistler opened early again this year (Nov. 18th), and there was plenty of snow for our trip over (American) Thanksgiving weekend. They'd had more than 50" of new snow the past week. 15 lifts or gondolas were open. 40 runs on Whistler and 35 on Blackcomb were open.

It was snowing in the village when we arrived Wed evening. It was snowing hard and windy on Whistler on Thursday, but there was no wind on Blackcomb, and the snow quality was great on both mountains. Friday was beautiful, clear, with new light snow--I couldn't ask for a better day. They still had mandatory download in effect on Thursday but people were ducking ropes and skiing to the village anyway. Friday morning they groomed runs to both Whistler and Blackcomb bases. There was plenty of coverage all the way down, which is nice so early in the season. There were lines on Blackcomb Thursday, because it was Blackcomb's opening day and all the powderhounds wanted to get first tracks of the season. There were some lines on Whistler throughout the weekend--we waited between 0 and 10 minutes for lifts, depending on when and where.

The freezing level rose Saturday after lunch and the wind was over 80 km, so the Peak-to-Peak closed, but again, there wasn't much wind on Blackcomb. It rained in the village and on the lower part of the mountain Saturday night. Poor Sunday skiers, the freezing level went all the way to the top of the gondola and it poured. But, we left Sunday morning, so it didn't matter to us, except that dog walking in deep snow while it's pouring is not fun. In all of my Whistler trips, that was the first time I've ever been rained on.

Thanksgiving in Whistler is becoming a tradition of ours. The early season deals are too good to pass up (we got a ski in/ski out, 1 bedroom, dog friendly condo at Blackcomb for $99), and even though the high alpine isn't open, there's still plenty to ski.