Originally Posted by gramboh
Tomorrow (Saturday) the alpine will not open and 20,000+ people from Vancouver/Seattle will show up to stand around getting soaked. Sunday the alpine will open and be decent wet/wind pressed snow, then back to melt/freeze.
Well, I was right except the 20,000 people showed up yesterday. Big lines in the morning at Peak, Harmony and Symphony. Skiing was mediocre, couple decent turns high up (>2,000m) followed by a crust followed by ice. I did one lap down Flute shoulder, decent snow except there was so much cornice/avalanche debris in the fan that you had to watch your speed on the way down.
On the flip side, my first day checking out the Whistler valley bike trails on Saturday was awesome. We waited for the rain to stop and were on the trails from 2-6pm, even got a bit of sun. Trails are in amazing shape, barely any water although the wet roots were tricky.
Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck
It's really a combination of both. Some of the alpine upper lifts will safely operate even in very high wind speed. But you can access a lot territory from them and current avalanche rating is very high in the alpine. With heavy wet falls it's not uncommon the upper third gets shut down, even mid hill there will cornices building with the high winds. This year there is not the usual alternative because there is no snow on the lower third so I'd save your money.
Tomorrow should be much better.
This. The timing of the storm also prevented the snow safety guys from doing AC work on Saturday morning. Generally, when the hazard is increasing (continued snow and winds) during the morning, it can be too dangerous to get the guys out to do their routes. Also the high winds can prevent chairs from running, so on those days they make the call around first light to shut er down for the day. There was massive cornice growth for sure, there's a big one still up around Horseshoe 3 on Harmony and tons of cornice debris below Flute.