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Whistler Early Season Conditions

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Hi there. I'm considering taking advantage of the cheap deals (US $300 ppn for 5 nights/4 day pass) at Whistler during early season (opening to Dec. 21). Anyone have experience skiing Whistler in early season and what kind of snow conditions and coverage I would expect to find?

post #2 of 6
It can vary widely, but you have as good a chance of good early season there as anywhere. It's a great mountain and a fun village, so even if the snow sucks it isn't the worst place to be.
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I hit Whistler pre-Christmas every year. My sister lives in Vancouver so I usually ski 4 days at Whistler and do a few in the city. Typical conditions are excellent and I think it's the closest to a mid-December sure thing as you'll find on the planet. (Utah's Cottonwoods are pretty reliable, too). November and December are the base building months where it usually dumps fairly heavy snow several times a week. Don't expect to see much sun and don't be surprised if you get completely shut out on the Peak Chair. Expect to spend much of your time at mid-mountain where the trees give you some contrast. Last year was a very bad snow year and there was still a fair amount of terrain open.

On the Blackcomb side, they usually don't open the Glacier express 'til Xmas and they don't patrol below the glacier T-bars. The steeper tree runs off the Crystal chair will also have ropes with ski at your own risk signs.

I've stayed at the Listel Best Western a couple of times when I couldn't score a free place to stay. At $99 CDN on the pre-Christmas rate, it's a pretty good value. Basic hotel room like a middle grade Mariott, hot tub, minimal services. It's a 5-minute walk to the gondolas and you're right in the center of things. There's another $99 CDN hotel up next to the Chateau Whistler but I've never stayed there.
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Thanks, GeoffD. I think I'll go for one of their package deals just before Christmas. We live in Seattle and go to Vancouver a lot. We'll spend several weekends there this winter. Which of the North Shore ski areas (Cypress Grove, Grouse Mtn, Hemlock) do you like best for a morning of skiing before heading out on the town?
post #5 of 6
Never bothered with them. I've only done Whistler/Blackcomb. My sister XC skis up on Cypress and Grouse. She'll also XC ski at Whistler sometimes instead of going up on the mountain. I think there's something wrong with her.

From Seattle, make sure you catch Mt. Baker. I've day tripped from Vancouver. Huge gobs of snow and no people. If the snow is good, the skiing in the BC interior around the Okanagan is also worth checking out. It costs 1/3 what you pay at Whistler and there's enough lodging (it's a summer resort area) that you can book at the last minute.
post #6 of 6
Last year you would have been bumming because there was poor coverage through January.

The year before I skied it on Nov 18 and it was good. It was awesome for Xmas.
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