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Projected Whistler Terrain open

post #1 of 12
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Currently, Whistler has about 1800 acres open.  Over the next week and a half, Whistler is expected to get anywhere between 12-24 inches.. maybe more, maybe less.. Assuming they get 12 inches, how much more terrain do you think will open?  What about 24 inches?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 12

Whistler has had 66 inches snowfall so far vs. average 72 inches for November.

 

Whistler averages 33% open Dec. 1 and 72% open Dec. 15.  From this I think Whistler is cautious about opening a lot of high alpine in early December unless they are loaded with snow, but mid-December they will open whatever they think is skiable. Relative to most ski areas with steep terrain that 72% number for mid-December is excellent.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 11/28/15 at 1:12pm
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Whistler has had 66 inches snowfall so far vs. average 72 inches for November.

 

Whistler averages 33% open Dec. 1 and 72% open Dec. 15.  From this I think Whistler is cautious about opening a lot of high alpine in early December unless they are loaded with snow, but mid-December they will open whatever they think is skiable. Relative to most ski areas with steep terrain that 72% number for mid-December is excellent.

Do you know which site is a better predictor of snow accumulation; Weather Underground or Weather.com... both give pretty significantly different snow fall totals... Weather.com says Whistler may get between 12-24 inches between Dec. 1-10, whereas Weather Underground says Whistler may get 33-48 inches between Dec. 1-7... Huge different totals.. Obviously, both are just rough approximations, but do you know which tends to be more accurate?

post #4 of 12

Those 2 apps are forecasting the weather in the valley. The snow up higher will be a lot more. It looks like we are coming in to a snowy period. It is better to look at the resort website or snow-forecast com they tend to be more accurate for snow totals but don't look so far ahead. I think you will be good for your dates, there will be a decent amount open.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Cockalorum View Post
 

Those 2 apps are forecasting the weather in the valley. The snow up higher will be a lot more. It looks like we are coming in to a snowy period. It is better to look at the resort website or snow-forecast com they tend to be more accurate for snow totals but don't look so far ahead. I think you will be good for your dates, there will be a decent amount open.

Now some of the forecasts are calling for a rain at mid-mountain for a couple of days over the next 10 days... Going end of January is also an option; do you think it would be better to go then?

post #6 of 12
You can't trust the forecast more than a few days out. When are you going?

The end of January would typically be safer in terms of maximum snow coverage, but in this strong El Nino year, with the El Nino supposedly not really kicking in until January, I like the idea of December. Fewer crowds, too. We generally take a mid December weekend and even if some parts are thin, we generally have good conditions.
post #7 of 12

I agree with Christy319 you cannot trust forecasts 10 days out. But it looks like the trend is for a series of storms. January will have more snow cover but will be busier especially at the weekends.

post #8 of 12

The forecast for the next week has the freezing levels moving between 900-1500m with a projected 60-70cm with a cooling trend towards the end of the cycle, the alpine should be well over 1m with this storm cycle.

What has happened the last few days is a strong inversion which has held dry arctic air down in the valley, and all of the snowmaking has been concentrated in these areas to get the ski outs for both mountains in place.

 

People have been touring up in the alpine and have found reasonably good coverage, and adding the projected 1m of snow in this next cycle in the alpine, I would anticipate Harmony in Whistler to open, and the Crystal area on Blackcomb being the next to add, the only negative for Crystal area is the ski out is at a lower altitude.

 

If Harmony opens that's another 1000+ acres right there.

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by TAH View Post
 

The forecast for the next week has the freezing levels moving between 900-1500m with a projected 60-70cm with a cooling trend towards the end of the cycle, the alpine should be well over 1m with this storm cycle.

What has happened the last few days is a strong inversion which has held dry arctic air down in the valley, and all of the snowmaking has been concentrated in these areas to get the ski outs for both mountains in place.

 

People have been touring up in the alpine and have found reasonably good coverage, and adding the projected 1m of snow in this next cycle in the alpine, I would anticipate Harmony in Whistler to open, and the Crystal area on Blackcomb being the next to add, the only negative for Crystal area is the ski out is at a lower altitude.

 

If Harmony opens that's another 1000+ acres right there.

Thanks!

post #10 of 12
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Reaching out to Whistler Skiers to see if anyone can give me their thoughts or updates on this coming up storm and how that will impact acrage.  Currently, Whistler stands at 1800 acres.  I plan to go there Dec. 11-13.  Do you think much more will open during these dates, based on this storm coming up?  Please let me know what you think.

Thanks

post #11 of 12

There's a ton of moisture moving in, but freezing levels will be high at times.    

 

Your problem will be,  if the Alpine is open and visibility.

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There's a ton of moisture moving in, but freezing levels will be high at times.    

 

Your problem will be,  if the Alpine is open and visibility.

okay, thank you.

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