Originally Posted by Posaune
Both T-bars show up on the Whstler web site but it says that they've been closed due to high winds, along with some other existing lifts. I highly doubt that they've taken it out.
This I could not find...but did make me hopeful, we were there in 2011 and 2012 and sure we saw and heard about the rapidly receding Blackcomb glacier but not it's mini neighbor but not surprising considering they are separated by a ridge line, but at this rate in 4-5 years, ouch !
Originally Posted by rpratt
Was there at Christmas, went up Showcase, and then hiked up to the entrance and skied Blackcomb all the way down. It's receded some compared to 4-5 years ago when I was last there, but still very skiable. Not sure what's going on now but I assume some combo of wind, weather, and Avalanche control.
So you did drop into Blackcomb via that short boot-pack from Showcase T-bar to the lip of Blackcomb. Blow-hole still open ? And the expanse of the glacier entrance, presume with the receding, that massive natural bowl is considerably steeper now ? But relieved to hear open, if it still is this season. But my question is Horstman T-Bar, they were told is permanently closed, and I read about the snow-making as mentioned above and base packing earlier in the season, I guess the physical limits reached . But it got steep enough to kill the T-bar? Reminds me of the Saddle on the Whistler side, it got steeper and dramatically so between 2011 and 2012 . And these folks said the Saddle is very steep and I told them well, it is/was a Blue!
Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck
Bad timing local weather event. Alpine often can get shut down for Avy control. Skied both on Friday.
Earlier in the season Horstman did not operate because the glacier had receded enough that it made the slope too steep at the top section to safely allow public on lift. They made snow build it up and reduced the pitch . Runs were not closed, Showcase was still operating .
Last year was a strange one. The record low snow pack followed by a record dry spell in summer. had a big impact on glaciers rivers wildlife and vegetation throughout the region.
Just clarifying (to feel some relief) you skied Blackcomb Glacier itself, and Horstman Glacier Friday ? How did you access Blackcomb Glacier ? Is Sappire Bowl accessible either through Spanky's or via the long traverse starting below Blowhole and traversing above Surf's up etc. Are the other Gem bowls open and also the exits into Blackcomb Glacier - are they skiable or a total cluster-f---?
Thanks, Whistler-Blackcomb is the greatest place we have skied in North America, hence we went twice, in our short ski lives, and the highlight of the place is Blackcomb Glacier...hence the rapid-fire queries. Thanks
Edited by dustyfog - 2/29/16 at 4:54am