Back to WB again, but this time I came from FL via this place (full disclosure - this pic was taken in July, dismal weather didn't permit another this time). 250 points if you can spell it's name correctly (and for you Utards, no, it's not in Orlando ). OK, it sure wasn't the fastest way to get to WB, and with a 9 hour time difference, also not the best for my body.
So the drive up the Sea-to-Sky after MANY hours in a plane wasn't the best with a LOT of snow and freezing rain coming down. The local radio station however was full of crap, talking about white-outs and other not-so-pleasent issues - the drive was OK - I'll never believe the local radio station regarding weather again!
So, with a powder day at hand, what did we get -
YES - LINES!
At the Wizard Chair when I came down from my hotel, and then on to the Garbanzo Chair:
So...., to escape we fled back down to Creekside to get away from the great unwashed, but unfortunately they reopened the S-2-S that was closed in the morning, soooo:
Remember, this isn't some 400 acre northleast berm, but the biggest joint in North America, but when they close down the alpine areas for winds and visibility, this is what happens.
Well, the Red Chair was absurd when we got to the top of the Creekside gondola, so with over 100 years combined Whistler experience, we know what to do, we'll go to the base and head up the Blackcomb Gonjola. Great plan, except:
The line for the Blackcomb gondola stretched for a LONG way back.
All, right, only thing left to do is take our skis off and walk back over to Wizard (and / or drink heavily), so we hoofed it back over and it wasn't too bad.
At one point it looked like Alpinezone.com had sent some representatives to see what >600 ft vertical looked like:
(Snowlerblades at WB should be considered illegal, or at least a condiserable affront to good taste)
So anyway, conditions were quite good, with 8-10 fresh, covering a base that hard its hard spots here-and-there. Stephen took out his new S7's for a whirl and reported favorably:
Tom managed to find some fresh and enjoy himself:
So anyway, it's still snowing and tomorrow will be stupendous if the alpine opens up.