or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Whitewater, British Columbia - January 12, 2014
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Whitewater, British Columbia - January 12, 2014

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

After the wind slabbed disappointment of yesterday (but no rain, fortunately), today was the day to be at Whitewater.

 

WH2O is reporting 27" in the past week; 21 inches in the past three days. Not epic, but pretty good for this year. "Settled" base this morning was reported as 72". Of course, with 21 inches in the last three days, that's not settled very much, and the expected dry weather of the coming week will see the snow settle some more.

 

At any rate, 8" of blower on top of the springy wind affected snow from yesterday made for hero snow. It was light and easy. The trees everywhere were delicious. There were pillows everywhere, and the landings were all soft. You could smear, or you could tip 'em and let the skis pull a nice arc through snow fluffing up around your knees.

 

The dense wind pack improved coverage considerably. There are still a few willows sticking up (I've been there in the summer - some of those things are 8 feet tall!) and a few tops of smaller trees.

 

A few photos are attached.

 

 

 

 

And the crowds today were just awful. This is the base of the Summit lift at about 10:00 am. I just hate those long lines on powder days!   :D

 

 

An excellent day. I had to quit shortly after 2 before I hurt myself.

post #2 of 16

Looks very nice, especially the way this season has been. Thanks for sharing!

post #3 of 16

WOW!!!! This place is on my radar big time. Every time I see a trip report its a powder day with no lift lines. Even on a weekend!!!! How hard is it to get a ride to the mtn from Nelson if I were to drive a rental car from Spokane one day? Thnks for sharing these great pics.

agreen

post #4 of 16
It's a great place!
post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

WOW!!!! This place is on my radar big time. Every time I see a trip report its a powder day with no lift lines. Even on a weekend!!!! How hard is it to get a ride to the mtn from Nelson if I were to drive a rental car from Spokane one day? Thnks for sharing these great pics.

agreen

@agreen Its before you get to Nelson. Did you need to go to Nelson? 

post #6 of 16

No, I just thought that's where the lodging was and would prob be arriving in the evening (and I thought it was on the way). Is there somewhere else for lodging that is on the way?

post #7 of 16

in Ymir, there are a couple small lodges that are really cool.  Ymir is about 30 minutes away but heading back to Spokane

 

http://www.hotelymir.com

 

this place is awesome and very reasonable 

post #8 of 16

There is bus from Nelson that runs up to the ski area early in the morning.  If you don't have snow tires to drive up to WW you better bring chains:eek.  Love that mountain!

post #9 of 16

you should really have 4wd or all WD.  The road once you get higher up towards the border can be dicey.  

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

WOW!!!! This place is on my radar big time. Every time I see a trip report its a powder day with no lift lines. Even on a weekend!!!! How hard is it to get a ride to the mtn from Nelson if I were to drive a rental car from Spokane one day? Thnks for sharing these great pics.

agreen

A word of caution here: We tend to post trip reports of the best days. The sample is biased. For example, Saturday, January 11, the day immediately before the TR day, suffered from high winds, one lift closed, lift lines (albeit only 10-15 minutes or so), and severely wind affected snow. That snow made a nice layer under Sunday's powder, but most people found Saturday's skiing challenging, to say the least.

 

And at least Whitewater opened, unlike Schweitzer.

 

As has already been pointed out, you will drive past the Whitewater road on your way to Nelson from Spokane. Whitewater runs a shuttle bus from town, or you can drive to the park-and-ride lot on the south side of town and hitch from there. Trying to hitch from downtown is sketchy, since Nelson is not really a ski town and most people are not going skiing.

post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
 

A word of caution here: We tend to post trip reports of the best days. The sample is biased. For example, Saturday, January 11, the day immediately before the TR day, suffered from high winds, one lift closed, lift lines (albeit only 10-15 minutes or so), and severely wind affected snow. That snow made a nice layer under Sunday's powder, but most people found Saturday's skiing challenging, to say the least.

 

And at least Whitewater opened, unlike Schweitzer.

 

As has already been pointed out, you will drive past the Whitewater road on your way to Nelson from Spokane. Whitewater runs a shuttle bus from town, or you can drive to the park-and-ride lot on the south side of town and hitch from there. Trying to hitch from downtown is sketchy, since Nelson is not really a ski town and most people are not going skiing.

 

Hypothetically speaking, how crowded would it be on a bluebird Tuesday (non holiday) after 2 feet falls? Just wondering...

post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

in Ymir, there are a couple small lodges that are really cool.  Ymir is about 30 minutes away but heading back to Spokane

 

http://www.hotelymir.com

 

this place is awesome and very reasonable 


Thanks for this info Finndog

post #13 of 16

the place is run by an eccentric 83 year old german guy who is an interesting character. the entire bar and hotel is covered in all kinds of artwork. The food is good too!!!   

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by agreen View Post
 

 

Hypothetically speaking, how crowded would it be on a bluebird Tuesday (non holiday) after 2 feet falls? Just wondering...

Everybody who owns a season pass will be there. Early.

 

People will stand in line for 30 minutes before the 8:45 first chair to get their first run in ASAP.

 

And then...they're gone. They go to the Glory side, they skin up and climb, they arrive at the bottom at different times. Some do their favorite 4 or 5 runs and then go to work.

 

The slopes will not be crowded, especially if you are accustomed to a major destination area.

 

Big caveat: If the Glory chair closes for some reason, the Summit lift will be overwhelmed and the lines will be obnoxious.

post #15 of 16

Nice report. Whitewater is an epic place. We're heading to Red this weekend. Hopefully recent falls there have at least created a decent base, as there's no new snow in the forecast. The January doldrums may have arrived ;(

post #16 of 16

Beautiful. Especially the trees....

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Trip Reports
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Whitewater, British Columbia - January 12, 2014