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Best time to go to Whistler??

post #1 of 10
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My wife and I have skied most of the major ski areas in the Rockies, but we've never been to Whistler / Blackcomb. Mainly this is because we've heard that the weather can be extremely variable there due to the relatively low elevation. But we have tentatively decided to go there this year anyway. The question I have is what is usually the best time of the season to go to minimize the risk of a poor skiing experience? And how are conditions at Whistler shaping up so far this season? Thanks!

John
post #2 of 10
Mid-December can be a surprisingly good time to go. Generally plentiful dumps, decent snow pack and the crowds are less, so they are always advertising deals. But Whistler is fickle and if you do a search you will find many, many threads on Whistler.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...light=whistler

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=blackcomb
post #3 of 10
When it's not raining.
post #4 of 10
Perhaps it was a freak week, but we were there two years ago in FEB and the weather was great. One day was a little windy, but no rain! That was my biggest fear.

I have to warn you to avoid the Budget car rental at YVR. Very dishonest. frankly, I think they were running a scam. It was the only bad thing for the whole week. Avoid them and you will have a blast.
post #5 of 10
It's shaping up to be a great season ... I would avoid Xmas week personally as it's just soooo busy & you will not get the best value due to the crowds. Jan is usually pretty good ... can be colder but usually good amounts of snow. Presidents week (around 3rd week in Feb) is also very busy. My favourite time is probably late Jan or early March ... lots of snow, not too busy during the week & more chance of seeing the sky now & again in March. Having said that being a mountain environment relatively close to the ocean there are of course no guarantees.
post #6 of 10
Being that we have a trip planned for Tahoe for late feb is it a bad idea to plan for whistler late march or the 1st week of april?

If not Whistler where should we go?
post #7 of 10
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If not Whistler where should we go?
Tahoe. Monday.
post #8 of 10
I've skied Whistler early/mid December a couple of years on the bounce now and the conditions have been absolutely fantastic. Another reasonable option would be early February - likely to be one of the coldest periods, but also, unfortunately, likely to be one of the less snowy periods.

But this is weather we're on about - anything can happen! I can merely sit here smiling that, thus far, it hasn't rained at any level when I've been in-town!

The other option is to pick a period with Discover Whistler Days going on, you can save a lot of money on lift passes and instruction etc during those period.

Just be an optimist though: look at the length of the season, amount of quality spring skiing and if all else fails, if it's raining in resort it'll probably be dumping past mid-station.
post #9 of 10
This year is my 6th season in Whistler since 1996 and the snow as been very good. Of course it rains once in a while but that never last for very long and is most often associated with snow in the alpine. So rain in the Whistler village at 2165 feet altitude is usualy snow at 5000 feet.... The peak of whistler is over 7000 feet. So what you got is 2000 feet of ......

I skied all over BC included place like Fernie and the snow is must abondand and consistent in Whistler. Of course any resort can have a bad year once in while...

Focus on the positive, we are the creation of our own taughts...
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Being that we have a trip planned for Tahoe for late feb is it a bad idea to plan for whistler late march or the 1st week of april?

If not Whistler where should we go?
Whistler is probably your best option. Last year april was very good, had a lots of good powder days..... It as snowed an average of 150cm in the past 4 years in April. You can look at the statistics on the Whistler Blackcomb web site.

Cheers !
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