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Whistler- Jan 3-11

post #1 of 18
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Had reservations for SLC, but after watching the forecast realized it was a no-brainer to go back to Whistler.

 

First few days were OK, but a bit hard. While the reports have said 14 inches, 10 inches etc, the alpine hasn't been open because of high winds. Anyway, today Symphony lift opened and the bowls were outstanding.

 

My buddy Stephen

 

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Friend Tom


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Looking at Alta Lake -

 

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Too many people here though - TOURONS GO HOME!

post #2 of 18

Looks awesome!  I've never been there and am hoping to go winter 2013.

post #3 of 18

so "tourons" must be slang for American tourists?.But there is lots of room if you know how to avoid them. Usually this species is consecrated in the least interesting parts of the mountains. 40+ centimeters last 2 days still snowing. sunny tomorrow.enjoy[   

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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

so "tourons" must be slang for American tourists?.But there is lots of room if you know how to avoid them. Usually this species is consecrated in the least interesting parts of the mountains. 40+ centimeters last 2 days still snowing. sunny tomorrow.enjoy[   


When does the consecration ceremony occur?  Hopefully before first chair?

 

post #5 of 18

oops. But bless you my son for pointing that out 

post #6 of 18
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Too many people here though - TOURONS GO HOME!


Tongue in cheek we hope? Eh?  smile.gif

post #7 of 18

Nice call SLC sucks now

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

so "tourons" must be slang for American tourists?.But there is lots of room if you know how to avoid them. Usually this species is consecrated in the least interesting parts of the mountains. 40+ centimeters last 2 days still snowing. sunny tomorrow.enjoy[   

Tourons = tourists + morons and applies equally to all nationalities (I'm Canadian Shi h probably bursts that bubble)

 

My bud Stephen in the first shot has been a mountain host for 15+ years, so if there was a place to avoid the great unwashed we would have been there. Even Flute and Spankey's had lines to get up and the backcountry has bad avy conditions right now

 

Oh, and yes, the "go home" comment was meant as a bit or irony

 

post #9 of 18

Crowds? Skied Whistler today didn't notice any of significance. Harmony was ski on until about 9:45 about 5-10 minutes afterward, Peak and Garbonzo were ski on all day. We were surprised how light the crowds were for the first Saturday after the holidays - Sorry I have never actually heard the term Tourons used before, guess we might have missed something in the Canadian education system.  PS I was mislead in the forecast, sun was a no show but the high freezing level is coming back down to normal.. 

    

post #10 of 18
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So here's more of the week.

 

First, the "non-lines" of Friday for Glacier Express and Jersey Cream chairs ( rolleyes.gif )which was both tourons, and that many schools had out this week too - very unusual sight -

 

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Sunday and today were OK, but had the often experienced Whistler "braille-ski" characteristics -

 

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The clouds were very low over the village this afternoon -

 

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A shot from 7th Heaven chair line with the birds getting fed -

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Well, another day to go and it's alleged to be sunny tomorrow - right - been here too many times to fall for that one, but let's see........

post #11 of 18

now that looks like a seriously ugly line-up  Haven't endured one that bad in several years  (I avoid the holidays even with free lift tickets)  Despite the 2 quads running it would have been slow. Try Whistler in am, for the last few years they have Harmony up early so the initial anticipation line-up does not build to bad. You should get some runs in skiing directly onto the chair before the mid morning crowd arrives. Most intermediate skiers seem to flock to  Blackcomb and especially the Jersey Cream area for what ever reason. On the positive side todays rumour is that it will "be sunny mid-week and freezing levels dropping back to normal". It could have be worse you might have been in Utah.     

post #12 of 18

Hey i was one of those tourons there last week, all in all the skiing was not that bad, got first chair Monday morning in 7th Heaven, headed to xhiggy's meadow for some boot top to mid knee deep powder and that's were i decided to purchase the Bonafides that i had demoed from Fanatyk. (by the way there are a few pair of 180 bones and 185 Cochise still for sale in the village) all the hype was right they are amazing skis and even on the ice fest down below they were not that bad. Anyhow i hooked up with a local Wednesday and he showed me parts of Whistler i did not know even existed, that was some of the best tree skiing in my life, nothing better than local knowledge. I can also confirm that the Arcteryx Stinger jacket is 100% water proof, it rained in the valley for three days then the temps started to drop towards the end of the week. My really only WTF moment was when we woke up to leave and it had snowed all night, do to the fact we didn't get a flake all week, that was a kick in the jimmy's. Oh well missed the powder by a week. All in all the skiing was good and so were the people. Here is a pic i took before i stepped onto the bus to leave.

 

 

 

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post #13 of 18

Holy crap, that picture of Jersey Cream sent a chill up my spine.

post #14 of 18
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Even 7th was a cluster on a regular basis -

 

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Tourons from everywhere as SLC and UT were pitiful at that time- heard some incredible stories on the lifts about people coming from Oz and NZ and changing plans in LA or SFO and biting the bullet for $2-3k to cancel SLC for WB.

 

Symphony Bowl turned into a gong show, and someone hit hard causing a 20 minute stop to the chair to clear the area for a heli med-evac.

 

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Rhapsody Bowl and Flute stayed pretty good, and the glades at the bottom made for a great end-of-run back to the chair on Wednesday.

 

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Back to WB next weekend - my bud was chortling on the phone yesterday about 8-10 of fresh - let's hope things continue.

post #15 of 18

Oh, dear.  I'm committed to a day trip to WB a week from Saturday.  I hope something happens in the Rockies soon.  I hate it when the place is packed.  I'm not very long-line tolerant.  Skiing was fabulous today at Baker, sun and light powder (really) but the lines were over 5 minutes long in places, so I went home early.

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Oh, dear.  I'm committed to a day trip to WB a week from Saturday.  I hope something happens in the Rockies soon.  I hate it when the place is packed.  I'm not very long-line tolerant.  Skiing was fabulous today at Baker, sun and light powder (really) but the lines were over 5 minutes long in places, so I went home early.



Looks like things will start to happen in SLC and CO shortly so it shouldn't be too bad. What Saturday? I'll be there again 21-22 Jan.

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What Saturday? I'll be there again 21-22 Jan.


1/28

post #18 of 18
The lines were over 5 minutes long?!?! I've waited 30 minutes for a Midwest 500 foot vertical run consistently.
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