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Whistler, Jan 23-27, 2015

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On a trip to Whistler you always need some luck with the weather, and this time we didn't get it. Two days of rain (with a little wet, sticky snow higher up), followed by two days of slop and they two days of ice. Nevertheless, we made the best of it, and we did get to ski two fun runs, albeit in sloppy conditions: the Blackcomb Glacier and Pakalolo.
We also did the First Tracks breakfast.

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i was there Jan 20 to 26.. The place was horrible.  The snow was horrible.. The rain was horrible.  The warm weather was horrible...

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Never been to Whistler and kinda feel like I'm missing out because most people rave about it being one of the best places to ski in the world. The weather is the one thing that's always stopped me from going - being from England its an expensive trip and I just don't want to risk 4 to 5k on a holiday and get a week of crappy rainy weather - I see enough of that the other 50 weeks of the year! I'll stick to interior BC and US resorts for now....
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Never been to Whistler and kinda feel like I'm missing out because most people rave about it being one of the best places to ski in the world. The weather is the one thing that's always stopped me from going - being from England its an expensive trip and I just don't want to risk 4 to 5k on a holiday and get a week of crappy rainy weather - I see enough of that the other 50 weeks of the year! I'll stick to interior BC and US resorts for now....


Probably best not to book Whistler with a low tolerance for poor weather conditions, but good lord, when it is on it's heaven on earth. I've only bee there a handful of times.  Seen rain at the base, but that usually means snow in the alpine.  Obviously, sometimes you can get screwed with rain all the way up like lately but in the grand scheme, thats doesn't seem like it's common, and never happened to me.  Get lucky and hit it after a dump when it is bluebird, I'm not sure what to say.  Yeah, it's crowded, but my experience is that it's so huge that if you get off the beaten path there are always stashes (and I'm just some tourist schmuck).  Let's just say, I don't feel sorry for the locals.  

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Probably best not to book Whistler with a low tolerance for poor weather conditions, but good lord, when it is on it's heaven on earth. I've only bee there a handful of times.  Seen rain at the base, but that usually means snow in the alpine.  Obviously, sometimes you can get screwed with rain all the way up like lately but in the grand scheme, thats doesn't seem like it's common, and never happened to me.  Get lucky and hit it after a dump when it is bluebird, I'm not sure what to say.  Yeah, it's crowded, but my experience is that it's so huge that if you get off the beaten path there are always stashes (and I'm just some tourist schmuck).  Let's just say, I don't feel sorry for the locals.  

Yep - agreed. It's a wonderful ski hill.  It's definitely worth avoiding Whistler in El Nino years. the whole Pacific Northwest is pretty horrible right now. Hopefully, as often happens in such years, it's start dumping in March ... Spring season is one of the best at Whistler.

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Was just there from Feb 14-19th...Very Sketchy actually recommending that we down load !! As for the alpine skied as few chutes and Couloir  extreme etc..along with some others off peak chair...Total scraped bare. Spanky's bowls and chutes were closed......If they don't get some snow soon I would say this is the "spring season" for Whistler....Was my 8th time here and have never seen it so grim.....Other mountains nearby (Cypress, Grouse and Seymour ) are all closed ....Whistler is hanging on.....BTW ...unless they get a major dump stay out of the trees its all boiler plated..They had 1 death whole I was there...........

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Man that is so crazy. We were thinking of doing a trip out to the PNW or to CO but, I guess we will save our money for next year. Last week we met folks from Utah at Sunapee and they were very impressed with the snow the Northeast has gotten. This weekend at Pico (my home mountain) we saw this...

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152783684628460&set=o.120049396109&type=1&theater

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Sorry if I gave an overly negative impression with my op. I should add that I have had some wonderful waist deep days at Whistler in the past. Their above-tree line terrain is the most rugged and scary in N America. And they probably have the most fun and character-ful downhill course in N America.
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so i'm just back from 10 days (march 25 to april 3) of skiing in Whistler and it was quite fun despite some afternoons being not too great..

 

The bottom of the mountain and the village was depressingly almost summery. Everyone was telling us not to be discouraged that the top was great (and it was pretty good)..

 

when we arrived, it was still possible to ski down to the village (but not particualrly pleasant), then it slowly melted away during our stay.

 

The bottom of all the middle-third lift was very slushy (emeral, red, Crystal, solar and excelrator) but the top was good.

 

the upper lifts were great!

 

 

we got a cocktail of weather ranging from two days of rain to the top that yielded the stickiest snow i've ever skied on at upper-middle elevations. We got fresh snow (but twice it rained on it in the afternoon), we got a bluebird day (10-15cm + sun) and a couple of nice partially sunny days.

 

overall the conditions were good but the mountian did feel a bit more crowded than usual as people migrated to the upper lift for the better snow.

 

it was a fun trip!

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