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Whistler -Dec 11-18

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Well, it certainly isn't 2009 when 18 ft blanketed WB in November. While there's coverage all the way down to Creekside, meaning that the full 5280 of vertical is available, recent warming then cooling has the big hill(s) skiing more like typical northleast conditions unfortunately.

 

Started out this morning on Whistler, go down to Emerald and Red chair, with nothing being memorable, except for the fact that my fun skis stayed indoors, and the trusty Mythic Riders came out to deal with the crunchiness. The best was lower Ptarmigan, where the had guns blazing so we had about 2-3 inches of "powder" to put the edges in.

 

Later, took the peak-2-peak across to the dark side (Blackcomb), and found some reasonably decent stuff off of Glacier chair. Had to stay on groomers for the most part, but still the snow was not-so-bad.

 

Thankfully the tourons haven't arrived in force yet, but if they don't get a fair amount of snow in the next week or two, Christmas break will be something I'd be glad to avoid.

 

Compared to the rest of US this is probably the best snow, with certainly the most coverage around, but, well, it's not great. More supposed to be coming in next few days, but nothing that'll let me try out my new Kastle BMX108's darnit. The Coast Range rarely disappoints

 

The Coast Range rarely disappoints,

 

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Viewing from off Seventh Heaven

 

 

Anyway,  not so bad, not not as good as in previous years.

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Not a lot to report. Conditions remain crunchy, although with >5000 vertical feet open from the Peak to Creekside it's still better than most other things available right now.

 

About the only interesting shot from today has the Peak 2 Peak with Seventh Heaven in the background.

 

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post #3 of 5
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Conditions have improved continuously all week due to intensive grooming, with off-piste being VERY cruchy and crusty, but with the 7,000 acres of open terrain, 20+ lifts and about 3-5 overnight, today was fairly good. Still on the Mythic Riders, with a couple of runs on mjy Atomic Access after a quick trip to the truck,but rocker was not as successful under these conditions.

 

Shot of peak-2-peak from the Roundhouse on Whistler looking at 7th Heaven on Blackcomb.

 

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Saturday will open the Symphony chair on Whistler which is this area:

 

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post #4 of 5

Thanks for posting these pics SF. We are off to WB in April and this is great for whetting the appetite.

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Conditions have improved continuously all week due to intensive grooming, with off-piste being VERY cruchy and crusty, but with the 7,000 acres of open terrain, 20+ lifts and about 3-5 overnight, today was fairly good. Still on the Mythic Riders, with a couple of runs on mjy Atomic Access after a quick trip to the truck,but rocker was not as successful under these conditions.

 

Shot of peak-2-peak from the Roundhouse on Whistler looking at 7th Heaven on Blackcomb.

 

Whistlerstitch1.jpg

 

 

Saturday will open the Symphony chair on Whistler which is this area:

 

Whistlerstitch3.jpg



 

post #5 of 5

Symphony was really nice over the weekend. The Xmas crowds started to show up at Whistler on Sunday, but Symphony stayed nice and uncrowded.

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