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What to expect? Whistler

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I will be heading to Whistler this January 2rd thru the 5th.  I only have 3 full days of skiing and want to make most of my time.  Whistler has so much to offer I doubt I will be able to ski everything.  For the three days that I am there are there any suggestions anyone has? What should I expect to see this time of year? I would say I am an intermediate-advanced skier.  Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Spend a day each on Whistler and Blackcomb, then spend your third day at whichever you liked best. They have free mountain tours on Whistler; this would be a good way not only to get to know the mountain, but to pick the guide's brain about what areas you might like best, given your abilities (and they will also likely know where the skiing is best given conditions on that day).

 

Runs not to miss: The Saddle (it's just cool. Access via the Peak Chair and maybe Harmony?); Upper and Lower Dave Murray (the course of the Olympic men's downhill); runs off of Symphony chair like Jeff's Ode to Joy; it's beautiful up there and the snow quality is usually top notch. (There are no trees up at the top of the run so decent visibility is nice). When conditions are good the Seventh Heaven area of Blackcomb is a don't miss.

 

If you like bumps, the runs at the far edge of Blackcomb accessed via Crystal Chair are really fun and never crowded--ie Ridgerunner, Trapline, Twist&Shout, and Rock 'n Roll.

post #3 of 8

A clinic with Extremely Canadian could be well worth it for the lift line privileges alone.

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Enjoy the nightlife but get to the lifts early. If the snow conditions warrent also be sure to try from top Whistler Peak down to Creekside for lunch at least once . It is possible to take an intermediate route all the way. It probably will be the longest run you have ever had.  Might become your prefered route down at end of day.  Easy bus connection links bases if needed. 
 

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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

 They have free mountain tours on Whistler; this would be a good way not only to get to know the mountain,

There's free tours on both, and both start at 11:30 at Mountain Host huts. If you look on the Whistler Web Cam, it's the building center screen just down from Emerald chair, and on Blackcomb it's at the top of the Solar Coaster chair.

 

Anyway, a bazillion threads on WB. Do some searching and you'll find enough things for 3 weeks versus 3 days.

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So much terrain, so little time!  Something there for everyone and usually lots of snow, hopefully you get some fresh powder days, it can be sublime
 

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Kristy has it nailed on all fronts.  Crystal chair may not run on weekdays, and it is slow - but the ungroomed runs are great.  Also, have a waffle at the Crystal Hut.  Have your camera handy for bird feeding opportunities

 

Hit 7th heaven runs in the EARLY AM.  Same with the Saddle, before it gets skied off. 

 

Avoid the Apine bowls on foggy/snowy days where visiblity is low - stay below the tree line (e.g. Solar Coaster runs, Jersey Cream, Crystal chair.  Hit the Harmony and Symphony bowls on sunny days

 

Aside from "Peak to Creek run (a must do run), skip runs down to the Whistler/Blackcomb base, especially on the last run, and ESPECIALLY on warm days - ride the gondolas from mid-station.  The slush will kill your legs.

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Originally Posted by moysian View Post

Kristy has it nailed on all fronts.  Crystal chair may not run on weekdays, and it is slow - but the ungroomed runs are great.  Also, have a waffle at the Crystal Hut.  Have your camera handy for bird feeding opportunities

 

Hit 7th heaven runs in the EARLY AM.  Same with the Saddle, before it gets skied off. 

 

Avoid the Apine bowls on foggy/snowy days where visiblity is low - stay below the tree line (e.g. Solar Coaster runs, Jersey Cream, Crystal chair.  Hit the Harmony and Symphony bowls on sunny days

 

Aside from "Peak to Creek run (a must do run), skip runs down to the Whistler/Blackcomb base, especially on the last run, and ESPECIALLY on warm days - ride the gondolas from mid-station.  The slush will kill your legs.


or make them stronger- its fun to do non stop but usually after the legs are in shape. .

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