Originally Posted by Whistlerpow
It's funny people go to Whistler once or twice and they got it all figure out... The price to pay for all the snow that we get here is dense snow and rain.... But do you really know how often it happen...? This year It rained once on December 4 and I have been in beautiful light snow since....not champagne powder but light cold snow that fly's over your head when you go through it !
Last year we had one or maybe two dumps of heavier snow with rain.... if you put that beside all the quality days and the good storms it is insignificant... Yes there is a very small chance that you could get bad wheather but there is a much better chance that you are going to get powder specially in March....
Anybody else from Whistler who can help us demystified this reputation made by a fews unlucky individuals.
If you don't risk it you won't get it !
This report doesn't jive with my experience. At one point, I lived at Whistler for 3 consecutive years, and skied almost every day (100 to 120 days).
Rain was a frequent reality, both in the Valley and sometimes, on top (esp. during temp inversions).
Over the past 3 years, we lived in Bellingham, and skied Whistler with some regularity (usually a series of 3, 4 or 5-day trips). Mid-season, I'd say 60% of our trips were affected by rain. Last year, we did a 4-day trip that was almost pointless, due to rain.
You can sometimes escape in the upper Alpine, but not always. Even there, it'll sometimes it'll be a 50/50 mix of sleet and snow.
When the sun shines, or when fresh snow falls, Whistler is almost unbeatable. It's a magnificent mountain that renders most others tame by comparison. Only Jackson Hole and Snowbird, in my estimation, match Whistler's terrain. Great days at Whistler forgive all other drawbacks - which is why it remains a choice vacation option.
But, it's coastal, and virtually at sea-level. There's no mystery to the weather patterns.