I've never skied at Whistler and I'm thinking that New Year's Day might be a good day to check it out for the first time. The weather will be quite favourable (good visibility,) and all the chairs and runs should be open from the get-go (no big dump of snow,) so it should be a good day to explore the mountains.
However, I don't want to deal with lines. I'd be just as happy taking a day off work mid-week if it means there will be less traffic.
I can't predict if it will be very busy or not.
On one hand:
- Locals: Will be hungover
- Tourists: Will be packing up to travel home
- City people: Won't bother making the drive up to Whister for a single non-powder day after staying up to midnight
One the other hand:
- It is a holiday and it will be a pleasant day to be on the slopes
Does anyone with more experience have a guess? Is it going to be a zoo or will it be quiet? I could see it going either way.