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Whitewater, BC - December 20, 2012 - Amazing

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Whitewater is having a good week. (As is Schweitzer in Sandpoint, Idaho, by the way.)

 

Not counting what fell during the day today, December 20, Whitewater has had 54" of snow in the past 7 days as of 7:30 this morning. Most of that has fallen in the last 4 days.

 

They had just under 20" from 7am Wednesday to 7am Thursday, with 17" of that falling between closing Wednesday afternoon and 7:00 Thursday morning. My guess for the day today (Thursday) is another 10-12", based on what I found on the bumper of my truck at the end of the day.

 

The base has reached 98", but since so much has fallen recently, it will settle rapidly. Whitewater has had over 215" of snow so far this season.

 

It is not coastal snow. It's light and dry. Hero snow.

 

Below is a random skier at 2:00 in the afternoon on an easily accessible run in-bounds. This was just a grab shot, not something that was set up in advance. It was taken with a compact camera. This is the kind of day everyone was having.

 

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Below is the lift line on the smaller Silver King lift at 11:00 am. The Silver King, despite having a vertical of only 900 feet, has a number of nice tree lines, and, today, many face shots. No waiting.

 

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Finally, a scenic shot taken mid-afternoon. It looks so skied out. Well, maybe not.

 

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Again, this is in-bounds and easily accessible.

 

Every run today had face shot after face shot. Some lumps you went over and floated down the other side. Others, you went through because they weren't really lumps.

 

Sometimes, the ground dropped away under a smooth looking surface of snow and you would find yourself slowing down abruptly in waist-deep snow. Momentum is often a Good Thing to get to where it's only thigh deep.

 

It was a spectacular, awesome day. It was well worth telling my employer that this really needed to be a ski day.

 

And it's not even Christmas yet.

post #2 of 9

Looks awsome!  I'm hoping to make another visit this season, just for the food. Nelson is a really nice place.

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H2o rocks!  I loved skiing there. I will be back up to Ymir Cat skiing in 3 weeks and should get a day over there. Its a gem of a mountain!  So glad you got some.  54  64INCHES (updated just now) in the past week with heavy snow predicted today.  


Edited by Finndog - 12/21/12 at 8:00am
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Glad to hear things are going well up there. I'll be in Meadow Creek end of the month...
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I'm coming up there (interior B.C.) in February. I sure hope the snow is like these pictures!

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Of all my trips to the BC interior, and the number of times I've driven by Whitewater, I can't believe I've never stopped and skied there.  What have I been thinking!?!?  eek.gif

 

Note to self: Take an extra day and check this out!

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Whitewater is a real jewel.   Lifts are a little rickety and even that added to the charm.  Up at the end of a box canyon, with a really big lake down below; does that remind you of anywhere?  It is one of those places it would be so easy to go to and just not bother to come back from.

 

First skied it back in the mid 80's had a vibe so much like Alta in the 60's and the snow to rival it.  The economy in Canada was even more tubed out than our back then. Whitewater was up for sale at, I think, $1,000,000 Canadian; with the exchange of the time it was like $700,000 U.S.  I so wanted to buy the place, but could not put a package together.   Oh well, such is life.

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Of all my trips to the BC interior, and the number of times I've driven by Whitewater, I can't believe I've never stopped and skied there.  What have I been thinking!?!?  eek.gif

 

Note to self: Take an extra day and check this out!

 

 

Seriously?  I liked it better than Revelstoke.  Go early and get breakfast!

 

 

I also loved the old lifts.  The main chair has a bolt on, after market safety bar.  The newest lift is the old back bowl chair 5 from Vail, has to be at least 30 years old.

 

 

I could easily move to Nelson.  How much does it cost to become Canadian?

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OMG!  Its gotta be the most under-rated resort in NA! I am up there later this week and may be there Monday. I am skiing Wildhorse. 

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