Originally Posted by Nathalie
I am going to Whistler, in mid December, but nothing is final yet. I am still trying to convince my partner to go to Chamonix
, but he want's to see the rockies. I am trying to find some information on the ski trails, more that just the usual rating like; Green, Blue, Black..... and Also how is the ski in mid December?????
I thank you very much
I'm surprised there haven't been more replies to this!Where is everyone?
Anyway, Whistler is a great resort with great trails and plenty of bowl and glacier skiing. (ie, above tree line) The key thing to realize about Whistler is that the base elevation is fairly low so it often rains on the bottom half of the mountain which means the conditions near the base are often very different from the conditions at the top of the mountain. It's 50/50 if the trails will be open to the base of the mountain by mid-december. I reccommend looking at www.dualmountain.com/report
and looking through the archives to get a feel for what conditions have historically been like at that time of the year. There will be good skiing...no doubt...but it's just a matter of how much. Some years the fabled Seventh Heaven is open by then, other years it's not open until after Christmas.
As far as trail difficulty goes, the difficulty is fairly in line with the standard system in North America. Green is the easiest, Blues are steeper and bumpier, and Blacks are the most difficult. If I recall correctly, there are double black diamond runs at Whistler and they are quite difficult.
If you're looking for a nice place to stay, www.alluradirect.com
had a nice selection when I went a few years back. Also, if you can still buy a "gold express" card I reccomend doing that as you get a five day lift pass and other discounts for less than the normal cost of lift tickets. But look around and see what you can find.
Have a great trip!