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I'm posting from the airport waiting to board my flight to Whistler

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Next stop dallas, then Canada.
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You're so stoked! I love it.

Have a stellar time. I'm interested to hear if you prefer Blackcomb or Whistler. Me, I liked Blackcomb better - not really sure why that was...
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I'll see. I will probably have internet access at the stopover in Dallas. I am addicted...
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you're so excited i feel bad about being so jaded. One fun thing to do in high pressures is to take advantage of the free Canski demos at the top of either mountains. They;re in big silver tents outside the main restaurants and hard to miss. Go there - take out some skis - and rip around.
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Damn!! I didn't know those were free! They are easy to find. I would highl recommend trying diffretn skis. As far as which mountain I liked better, that would be a toss up. They both have a lot to offer. I was quite happy on both of them.

I posted elsewhere, but if you are renting from Budget, be VERY careful. Make sure you use a VISA with insurance coverage. They are bad news.

Have fun!!!
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Originally Posted by sir jman


Next stop dallas, then Canada.
good timing, its about to start snowing again
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Originally Posted by powstash
You're so stoked! I love it.

Have a stellar time. I'm interested to hear if you prefer Blackcomb or Whistler. Me, I liked Blackcomb better - not really sure why that was...
they're both great.. peak and harmony on whistler and glacier and t-bars on blackcomb. thats all you need. blackcomb is better for backcountry access and lift lines.. whistler is better for glades (khybers) and groomers.. peak to creek if its groomed (rarely), otherwise hit the saddle to fish eye to franz's to dave murray.. but for everything else, both mountains are awesome, both have tons of bowls, chutes, drops, you name it.. its mind boggling to me that some people live here and almost exclusively ski one mountain..
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I preferred Blackcomb to Whistler... maybe that was because the slopes were more crowded on Whistler. The lift queues for Harmony & Peak was horrendous in early January (this year) but the powder/steeps were "the cats whiskers"! In addition, due to the continual fog, Blackcomb seemed better as it was more within the treeline than Whistler and therefore easier to see where I was going.

With the incredible snowfalls of January, I was starting to wonder if the sun ever makes an appearance in Canada
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Originally Posted by Blaise
I preferred Blackcomb to Whistler... maybe that was because the slopes were more crowded on Whistler. The lift queues for Harmony & Peak was horrendous in early January (this year) but the powder/steeps were "the cats whiskers"! In addition, due to the continual fog, Blackcomb seemed better as it was more within the treeline than Whistler and therefore easier to see where I was going.

With the incredible snowfalls of January, I was starting to wonder if the sun ever makes an appearance in Canada
its been blue skies and sun for nearly three weeks now, and no snow of course. but thats all about to change
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I'm here after it seems 16 hours of travel
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I'm here after it seems 16 hours of travel
I remember when I flew to Whistler out of JFK in NY. I think I was in "transit" for 13 hours between the flights and drives.
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It is a long trip. When we went last week from Detroit, there was an accident on 99. They closed the Sea to Sky from 12:30pm to 8:30pm. It took us 21 hours to get there. Lucky for us, we were stopped in an area where we could turn around and get dinner. Some people spent 8+ hours sitting on the highway!

We had blue skies the whole week we were there. My only prayer was that we would have no rain. Once we arrived, all I could think about is how great that place would be with a little fresh stuff. Have a great time.
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I just got done skiing Not bad but very foggy in some parts. There were layers of fog up and down the mountain and at points you couldn't see anything... I almost went off of a 50 foot clff by mistake.

Other than that the snow is great.
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I just got done skiing Not bad but very foggy in some parts. There were layers of fog up and down the mountain and at points you couldn't see anything... I almost went off of a 50 foot clff by mistake.

Other than that the snow is great.
so very easily done. I knocked myself out cold despite wearing a helmet whislt missing a drop that was on piste a few weeks ago.

social beer in town later?
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Originally Posted by DJP
It is a long trip. When we went last week from Detroit, there was an accident on 99. They closed the Sea to Sky from 12:30pm to 8:30pm. It took us 21 hours to get there. Lucky for us, we were stopped in an area where we could turn around and get dinner. Some people spent 8+ hours sitting on the highway!

We had blue skies the whole week we were there. My only prayer was that we would have no rain. Once we arrived, all I could think about is how great that place would be with a little fresh stuff. Have a great time.
I was on Whistler that Saturday and was stuck in the accident for 3.5 hours. More to the point the snow was in great shape and knowing the mountain well we found some great untracked in the highest entrance to Bagel Bowl. Any way glad to hear you enjoyed Whistler! We're lucky enough to get in 20+ days / year even with busy careers.
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Originally Posted by DJP
It is a long trip. When we went last week from Detroit, there was an accident on 99. They closed the Sea to Sky from 12:30pm to 8:30pm. It took us 21 hours to get there. Lucky for us, we were stopped in an area where we could turn around and get dinner. Some people spent 8+ hours sitting on the highway!
I was stuck for 5 hours - but at the most beautiful spot. A few of us had fun doing balance exercises and games on the rail tracks. Ski nerds, eh?
You don't get views like this in most traffic jams...
I didn't take these, btw - but just about every metre of the beautiful Sea-toSky highway is on the 'net in photo form. Thanks, photographers!



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