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Whistler Ski Season Start Date?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hello all..

Does anyone have any idea when the ski season starts in Whistler? We are thinking of taking our anniversary trip starting 10/30 and wonder if that would be too early

Thanks
post #2 of 18
After this disaster of a season highlighting what some of us have been saying for years about W/B conditions, why would you risk going there during the most marginal part of the year?
post #3 of 18
Yes, as far as too early.

Opening days are usually mid to end November, and conditions are usually just that 'Opening day, unmarked hazards, many rocks and some grass, sticks and logs ......'
post #4 of 18
You could go in November. There will be plenty of rain.

Why Whistler? There are so many other places to go.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Are there any places that would be open this time of year where I might have more luck?
post #6 of 18
Go to Hawaii for your anniversary trip and go skiing another time. The chances that you'll have nothing but bad weather and no or very little snow are just too great at that time of year to plan it out far ahead. If you can make last minute changes it would make more sense to have several destinations figured out and wait to see what happens weather-wise. In any case, I think Whistler is not a good choice at that time of year unless you like cold rain.
post #7 of 18
Whistler ski season started this past week, so who knows what'll happen next year?
post #8 of 18
whistler does not typically open early and definitely not before mid-nov. only places that will make attempts to open that early are loveland ski area with just a few trails open. also, abasin and maybe keystone if CO gets early snow.
i'd look into timberline lodge in oregon that is open nearly year 'round if you have to ski 4 the anniversary.
post #9 of 18
Yeah, too early for Whistler typically, Thanksgiving is more realistic and often it's really not until the Holiday that they have enough snow to really be open.

I know Boreal in Tahoe always tries to open by 10/31. This year we remarkable in that many resorts were open (I skied powder in the backcountry for Halloween this year). Boreal doesn't have a lot to offer (I hear at least, never been there), but it is "usually" open if that's what you're looking for.
post #10 of 18
I usually take one early season trip a year to Whistler. They open Blackcomb, typically, the weekend before Thanksgiving and Whistler mountain opens on Thanksgiving.

I've had some bad luck with conditions over Thanksgiving weekend so I wouldn't recommend planning for then. I've had great luck (except this year) with the two weekends after Thanksgiving.

Now that being said, most people don't plan to go to Whistler early season. So if it is possible for you and you really do want to go to Whistler, I'd recommend waiting until the last minute to book your place (and by last minute I mean perhaps 2 or 3 weeks before hand when you have a better idea of the conditions for November and December). You shouldn't have a problem finding a place (especially if you use something like Allura-direct to book) and you won't find yourself booked for a skiing vacation when there is no snow on the ground.

I know next year we are going to wait until November to book just in case.
post #11 of 18
November and December are the best times to ski ever. It's sooooo great and I go every year at that time. I also have many leather bound books and am a very important man. Nate, you should go too. I don't really know you that well, but I'm so smart that I can just sense that you're sitting somewhere in Seattle at your desk, scrolling these pages with nothing better to do. Instead of trying to find your facts in books, newspapers, or other significant proof sources, just call me. I'll tell you everything you need to know about skiing. Go Irish!
post #12 of 18
This is a pretty old thread, but it's pretty funny read. Esp since Whistler has opened early the last 2 winter seasons under pretty incredible conditions.
post #13 of 18
We are planning for the 1st Dec our first time in whistler. From Europe it is a long and expensive trip and we would like to know if then usually used to be plenty of snow there.
post #14 of 18

if your coming all the way from Europe I think it would be wiser to come when you can be assured of good snow  and more consistent temperatures (after the Christmas rush to the end of April). In November December the hills will be open but often you get highly variable conditions. The fall "pineapple express" could mean either 10 feet of snow or rain in the village.

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by rvnoguerol View Post

We are planning for the 1st Dec our first time in whistler. From Europe it is a long and expensive trip and we would like to know if then usually used to be plenty of snow there.

Welcome to EpicSki!  Try searching on "Thanksgiving" for ideas about early season in North American if you haven't locked in Whistler yet.  That American holiday is in late November.

post #16 of 18
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 We are planning for the 1st Dec our first time in whistler. From Europe it is a long and expensive trip and we would like to know if then usually used to be plenty of snow there.
 

Compared to other ski resorts there is usually plenty of snow, but the highest alpine slopes likely won't be open yet. Even in mid-December, those high areas are still filling in. And who knows, maybe this will be the worst start to the ski year in decades. If I were coming all the way from Europe, I'd come later, unless time and money are no issue.

post #17 of 18

The official opening is Thursday Nov 28th.  It often opens a week earlier and it opened one year on Nov 5 but it really depends on the snow.  If you're in Whistler Thanksgiving weekend Oct 11 - 14 there is the annual Turkey Sale - lots of great ski gear on sale - takes place at blackcomb base 

post #18 of 18

Hey, Tami.  This thread is 8 years old.  Welcome to Epic.

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