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post #91 of 104
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Originally Posted by fatbob View Post

Meanwhile smart person uploads from Creekside, early, has a loosener on the Dave or Lower Franz hit Peak chair and the Saddle etc spend the morning around Red chair and Garbanzo.  Early lunch at Chickpea then get over to Harmony etc once crowds are moving in opposite direction.

 

Well that assumes that said "smart person" is staying Creekside (apparently they're not THAT smart) instead of the Village, and then have to take Red Chair which is its own cluster at that time due both to the Creekside Gondol as well as those already coming down from the gonjola to get up and over to the Peak chair (or over to Harmony or Symphony) before they get skied out.

 

And the crowds move in the opposite direction from Harmony because it closes early, so having that early lunch then going over means only an hour or two, versus getting over early and finding the goods on Harmony or Symphony.

 

If the Gondi's too packed, then Fitzsimmons to Garbanzo to Emerald would (in my opinion) be a much smarter way, AND, get you up to the alpine versus dicking around on the lower third.

post #92 of 104

or my  routine - upload creekside - warm up is always down Chunkys (holds all aspects of snow, so you'll know how the day is likely to play out and where it's best to head )

check at mid point if Harmony is uploading yet, left or right depending - lunch is 10:30 chocolate chip banana bread.. I am in a bit of a rut 


Edited by noncrazycanuck - 8/11/16 at 2:25pm
post #93 of 104
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post
 

fresh tracks is good option to get a jump on the crowds on a busy holiday or a big powder weekend.

Mid week I think it's questionable value (unless you are partial to their breakie) as you can get fresh tracks anyway if your there early enough.

But you aren't looking for untouched powder anyway so I wouldn't spend the extra money.

I am partial to untouched corduroy, though :) But you are right, I am planning to ski mid-week to avoid big crowds entirely. 

post #94 of 104
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post
 

or my  routine - upload creekside - warm up is always down Chunkys (holds all aspects of snow, so you'll know how the day is likely to play out and,here best to head )

check at mid point if Harmony is uploading yet, left or right depending - lunch is 10:30 chocolate chip banana bread.. I am in a bit of a rut 

 

You're saying this as a day visitor I assume, otherwise Creekside (should be) a non-starter for a touron. Staying in the village MUST be mandatory if you're a visitor.

 

If even Fitz' line is too long, I've been know to take the Blackcomb gondola on up through Excellerator and Jersey Cream to the P2P and still beat others waiting at the base.

post #95 of 104
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

It's considered appropriate to start your own thread if you have questions rather than hijack someone else's, even if the topic is similar.

Meh... Page 3 or 4, op's question answered... drift is to be expected.
post #96 of 104
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post


Meh... Page 3 or 4, op's question answered... drift is to be expected.

 

Drift is one thing, direct hijack is another.

 

And we're still on what best to deal with the place for a newbie visiting.

post #97 of 104
Is RC1090nc still here?
post #98 of 104

lodging preferance at Whistler can easily be a whole other thread. 

personally the appeal of staying in the village wore off a long time ago. so its never my first choice.

I also find skiing down to the village from either hill much less interesting than the peak to creek region

but my taste is definately not everyones.  

 

last I saw thought the original poster was heading to Banff. but I could have mixed up a digit or 2

post #99 of 104
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

 

That's a blanket statement.  You assume that people just getting into destination skiing are low intermediates.  Not so.  I started skiing when I was 10 but didn't go to a destination resort (sort of) until I was over 30 and I still don't do it that often.  People can learn to ski really well while skiing local, non destination ski areas, at least in these parts.

 

Folks on Epic who make a big thing about hitting destination resorts must remember that some of us don't need it that much.  We can still ski and have a big mountain experience without condos, shopping, hot tubs, or any of the destination accoutrements.

 

The definition of intermediate is broad.  My comments were all in response to the OP, who lives in North Carolina and skis "no blacks" there.   My opinion stands that there are many better places than Whistler for the lower end of the intermediate range.  Compared to most of Colorado, many Whistler blues have steep sections and/or more variable snow conditions. 

 

Zephyr17 may define himself as intermediate, but since he has more experience, including Mammoth, and his home mountain is Crystal, Whistler should be just fine.  

post #100 of 104

There's also the 'adventure' part of the trip. Vancouver and Whistler are nice destinations in and of themselves aside from skiing. It's always a good idea to chose a resort with a cultural component in case the weather or health situaltion doesn't cooperate. Just MHO of course. 

post #101 of 104
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Is RC1090nc still here?

Yes! Was on a week long cruise (My summer time hobby), just got back yesterday..  No internet!

I appreciate all the replies, we've actually decided on Banff. It was just ridiculously cheap for one thing... Less than $800 a person for airfare, 6 night hotel, 5 day lift ticket...  Several hundred less than we spent in Telluride last year which was a day shorter too! (Though the ski out condo was awesome!)

 

We got the "big 3" ski ticket which covers Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise. I've been to Whistler as a kid, in the summer so it's still my goal to go skiing there (maybe 2018 if I don't do Europe) but I was a little worried about the weather and my current skill level..

post #102 of 104

Am I missing something or would it be accurate to say that Whistler Blackcomb lacks in the glade department?  Proportionally speaking.  Sure, lots of great groomers and bowls but if you hit the gladed runs they tend to be just mogul fields with trees growing out of them.  Likely due to the small proportion of glades relative to the size of the resort and the high...very high, skier traffic.  Sorry, I realize that this doesn't really help the OP who likely isn't going to touch the glades.  

post #103 of 104
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Originally Posted by DanH View Post
 

Am I missing something or would it be accurate to say that Whistler Blackcomb lacks in the glade department?  Proportionally speaking.  Sure, lots of great groomers and bowls but if you hit the gladed runs they tend to be just mogul fields with trees growing out of them.  Likely due to the small proportion of glades relative to the size of the resort and the high...very high, skier traffic.  Sorry, I realize that this doesn't really help the OP who likely isn't going to touch the glades.  


Well, it depends on how well you know the mountain.  I know of what you refer to, and left to my own designs I would agree.  But if you know where to go there are a lot of very hidden stashes.  I skied with a Whistler local one powder day when the Alpine was socked in.  He took me through the woods to a big meadow, inbounds, that had no tracks, and this was probably at about 11:00 am.  We skied several other places easier to find, but which were not skied out even at the end of the day. YMMV

post #104 of 104

Good to know.  I figured that must be the case to a degree.  Last time I went it was crust anyway.  I swore off of Whistler then but I may give it another chance.  Was considering early March around the Gathering time, or early April hoping for smaller lineups and hopefully spring conditions which are preferable to crust if it hasn't snowed recently.  March would be my first pick but wasn't sure what the early March lineups are like versus January and February.  

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