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TR: Whistler Bluebird Skiing, Jan 2008

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In Jan of 2008, 10 of us from the Chicago area went on a nice week-long Whistler trip. There would be 8 skiers and 2 boarders. Two of us were double black kinda guys and the rest were solid blue/greeners. We went on MLK weekend, so that we could get a 9 day trip by taking only 4 days off from work. We flew into Seattle since the flight was around $200 cheaper than flying into Vancouver. We rented two cars and enjoyed the nice drive up. At the border (we took the truck crossing on I-5), we made sure to stock up on liqour at the duty-free. We bought about $200 worth and asked the check-out guy how much this would cost in Whistler and he said about double. A 24 pack of Kokanee Beer cost $16 at duty-free and in Whistler, it cost $40!

We were on the Sea-to-Sky highway at night, so we missed the awesome scenery, but we'd enjoy it on the way back. The highway through Vancouver along with the Sea-to-Sky highway was a real blast to drive, even in minivans; lots of turns and undulations. We stopped for groceries in Squamish and spent about $600 on stuff for the week. We planned to cook as much as we could and eat out a few times. We bought lunch sandwich material, breakfast, granola bars, etc.

We opted to stay in Creekside as we could get a ski-in/ski-out condo for cheaper than in Whistler Village. And with having a real varied group, it would be good for everyone to have the freedom to go and come whenever they want. The shuttle to the village was $1.25 each way and we did this instead of driving around once we got there. We got the condo through AlluraDirect.com and it was a great experience. It was a nice 3-bedroom condo with sleeping for 10 with access to a huge outdoor hot tub and pool, which was the social buzz of the evening.

I was checking the snow forecast and it was snowing pretty steadily before our trip and unfortunately we would be getting no new snow the whole time we were there. Anyways, the bluebird sunshine days were much appreciated.

Regarding the actual skiing, it was a total blast!! The hype about Whistler is certainly true. Over 6 days, we were still discovering and enjoying new stuff every day. Vince, the French guy in our group, has been skiing since he was 5 and he's a pretty smooth, fast skier and the terrain was still challenging to him. The lifts and runs are setup very nicely - the mountain has been designed well, not too many flat spots. On Whistler Mtn, The Peak is the place to be for double black runs. Whistler bowl is good stuff, lots of different ways to come down. The stuff further right of the Peak (West Cirque) is good too, but it empties out a bit further down the mountain, requiring two lifts to come back up. Harmony was nice and challenging, lots of peaks and valleys, requiring you to plan your line a bit more thoroughly so as to not miss the good stuff. Symphony Bowl was good too, but a little less challenging. They had one or two blacks, right under the peak and the rest was good blues. The glades at the bottom are nice and scenic. They had signs up saying how they were environmentally-friendly when they made this bowl.

We were told by some locals/instructors that Blackcomb is generally less crowded since the tourist type of skier mainly stays on Whistler, because that's what the place is known as. It seemed sorta true. Blackcomb had more challenging runs on the whole compared to Whistler. 7th Heaven has some great blue groomers, with nice vistas looking back at Whistler Mtn. The Couloir Extreme, a double, was fantastic. Steep, slope at 53 degrees and nice and long. The entrance was a bit rocky, but the run is great. The blacks under Glacier Express were good too, but they were getting icy after being quite heavily skied out. Blackcomb Glacier was a good run, nice blue, but it empties out really far down the mountain, at Excelerator Chair, taking about 30 mins for the whole run. Climbing up Spanky's Ladder seemed a better pay off since the runs were less skied out and were more challenging, but still were only blacks, not really doubles, compared to the Couloir Extreme. We also had quite a bit of fun in the Terrain Park on Blackcomb. It was my first time to hit a terrain park at a big mountain and wow, the jumps are constructed real nicely, with good landing zones.

I took some videos of us and here are three compilations. Please note that we're not really experts and it's all just for fun. :

Black Diamond Runs

Groomers

Terrain Park Fun


Pictures:


At the top of Whistler Gondola, looking out from the Roundhouse Lodge.


The Roundhouse Lodge


It was super windy and cold the first few days. Harmony was especially quite bad.


The Peak-To-Creek run, which was popular among the greens/blues in our group.


Sweet. A tunnel at the bottom of Franz's heading to the Midstation on Whistler Mtn.


Clear, calm bluebird days...


From the top of Franz's chair looking towards the Roundhouse Lodge.


Always waiting on the boarders


Group shot. Almost everyone in our group: Vince, me, Allen, Ian, Cesar, Claudia and Rick.




Allen doing an aerial...


Just to remind us which country we're in.
Edited by JamminSki - 12/17/09 at 4:39pm
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Heading up the Peak Chair to Whistler Peak.






Whistler Peak. To see how much snow has fallen, look at how much the info board on the left is buried.


A symbol of the local Native American tribe and also the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics.


Finger rock...


Vince coming down Whistler Bowl. This bowl was already heavily moguled out, but still good fun.


Exiting Whistler Bowl.


Yes, it's a cliff and we're going over the edge! The entrance to The Cirque/Couloir.

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Watching to see how some other guys are entering it.


Vince going in.


Looking back at the entrance. It was quite hairy for me, especially with a big rock right behind me. But after that, it was a blast.


Looking back at The Cirque/Couloir. Great run.


We hooked up with an instructor on the lift and after hearing us talk of double blacks, he offered to take us to West Cirque. He said he was working his way to becoming a heli-ski guide.


Looking back at West Cirque. Great long double black run.


Looking down West Cirque.


Over on Blackcomb Mtn looking at the Overbite from the Glacier Creek Lodge.


A helicopter picking up an injured skier. They stopped the Glacier Express lift when the chopper flew in and when it took off. I guess because of possible disturbance the turbulence could cause to the lift.


Doing some glade runs around Heavenly Basin.

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The Couloir Extreme!


This entrance wasn't so bad, expect for the numerous rocks sticking through. We saw a couple guys just come flying through and jumping right off the edge. Crazy.


Do it Vince!


I'm going in...


Looking back at the Couloir Extreme. Excellent run. I heard the slope was 53 degrees. Great steep stuff.


Finding our way to Glacier Creek Lodge through the glades around The Bite.


At the top of the Showcase T-Bar.


At the top of the Showcase T-Bar.


Doing the little hike to get to Blackcomb Glacier. Totally worth it.

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View from the top of Blackcomb Glacier


View from the top of Blackcomb Glacier


View from the top of Blackcomb Glacier


Traversing across the bowl to get some clean lines.


Looking back at Blackcomb Glacier. It's a great blue run. Snow quality was still nice, even after a couple days of no new snow.


At the bottom of Blackcomb Glacier


Chilling in our condo at Lake Placid Lodge in Creekside.


Heading to the hot tub and no, that's not ice tea - some good old 15 year single malt


Having sushi with the whole group in Whistler Village.


Whistler Village


Whistler Village
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Two of the guys in our group went snowmobiling on one of the days. They had a real blast. It was like adventure snowmobiling.


The tracks they made


Snow


Top of Symphony Bowl (excuse the picture quality, camera phone).


Symphony Express. The glade runs at the bottom of the bowl were a real treat. Very gentle and scenic.


View from the top


Piccolo Summit


Symphony had a lot of different terrain, from steep blacks (right under the chair) to gentle groomers to glades. A little flat, but not bad.


Claudia


One of the runs heading to Whistler Village, probably Crabapple.
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Cesar at the top of Jersey Cream on Blackcomb Mtn with the Couloir Extreme in the background.


7th Heaven bowl


The guys at the top of 7th Heaven.


Panorama run under the 7th Heaven chair.


View from 7th Heaven looking across to Whistler Mtn's Symphony and Harmony bowls.






Vince, waiting for the rest of the guys.


Xhiggy's Meadow run on 7th Heaven, which was all crusty.


Taking the rest of the guys through the glades. They were all solid blues and we tried to introduce them to some easy blacks.
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At the top of Spanky's Ladder, heading into Garnet Bowl.


Admiring the view from the top of Spanky's Ladder.


Doing what boys do best


Taking some pictures of the guys coming down Ruby Bowl, from across the bowl.














At the midpoint of Blackcomb Glacier Rd. It's also a good place to regroup since there's a long flat section before that and as you can see, the boarder had to de-board and walk.


On Fitzsimmons Express going under the Whistler Gondola.
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Coming up to the Dave Murray Downhill Olympic run.


We can all pretend to be racers...


Looking down the Dave Murray run. It was great run to pick up some good speed and work on stability.


Near the bottom of Dave Murray, heading to Creekside.


Everyone had a blast and we enjoyed the 6 days of sunshine, even if we didn't get any fresh pow.


The Sea-to-Sky Highway between Whistler and Vancouver.


Vancouver. Nice city, but architecturally, it wasn't that great of a city. Great pubs and kabob stands.




Craziness on the streets of Vancouver.


On the way to Seattle.


Heading into Seattle to get some lunch, after checking in our bags.


Heading to the coast for some chowder.
post #10 of 22
Great TR, glad you enjoyed WB!
post #11 of 22
Wow, comprehensive
post #12 of 22
Awesome TR, great pics! Can't thank you enough.
post #13 of 22
I'm knackered after reading all of that!!!

feel like i've been on the holiday with you...

looks great though - i'll be back there one day
post #14 of 22

Just NEEDED to bump this one. amazing TR!!!!!!

post #15 of 22

Sweet bump! I've missed this TR the first time around, thanks for sharing!

post #16 of 22

Thanks for the bump, this TR got me through a conf call.  :) 

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Hello I am from up! magazine (WestJet's inflight publication). I have been trying to find some photos and I was wondering if you could help me out. In our December issue we have an article that list some specific runs at Whistler Blackcomb and I have been in contact with the hill as well as a number of photographers but no one seems to have specific run shots and with it being too early in the season we are not able to send a photographer. So in a last ditch effort I did a general google image search which brought me to your post. I see that you have some shots of Dave Murray Downhill and Blackcomb Glacier. I was wondering if it would be possible to use your shots for the article? if so could I get the high resolution files? Also we are looking for a Gear Jammer and I wondering if you might have some for that as well?

 

Anything you can provide would be big help. I can be reached at jbuechler@redpointmedia.ca or at 403-781-1774

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Hello I am from up! magazine (WestJet's inflight publication). I have been trying to find some photos and I was wondering if you could help me out. In our December issue we have an article that list some specific runs at Whistler Blackcomb and I have been in contact with the hill as well as a number of photographers but no one seems to have specific run shots and with it being too early in the season we are not able to send a photographer. So in a last ditch effort I did a general google image search which brought me to your post. I see that you have some shots of Dave Murray Downhill and Blackcomb Glacier. I was wondering if it would be possible to use your shots for the article? if so could I get the high resolution files? Also we are looking for a Gear Jammer and I wondering if you might have some for that as well?

 

Anything you can provide would be big help. I can be reached at jbuechler@redpointmedia.ca or at 403-781-1774

Welcome to EpicSki.  

Let me see what I can do to help you get in touch with the Original Poster of this thread. 

post #19 of 22

How did I miss this thread the first two times?  If you've not been to Whistler and want to know what it looks like, this is the place.  Great shots!

post #20 of 22

Nice bump!

 

I have not been to WB in quite a number of years but will be there once or twice this coming season on a Mountain Collective pass so I very much enjoyed the pics.

post #21 of 22

Those are very nice pics.  I was at Whistler Jan. 10-13, 2008, with only the last day being mostly clear.  Lots of snow, fog and powder the other 3 days.  So I wonder if the OP's week was immediately afer mine.

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Welcome to EpicSki.  

Let me see what I can do to help you get in touch with the Original Poster of this thread. 

Thanks for notifying me, Tricia!

 

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Those are very nice pics.  I was at Whistler Jan. 10-13, 2008, with only the last day being mostly clear.  Lots of snow, fog and powder the other 3 days.  So I wonder if the OP's week was immediately afer mine.

 

Hey Tony, I don't remember the exact dates the trip happened on but it was definitely early Jan so could be right after your visit. I remember it had snowed a lot just before we got there and the pow was coming down as we were heading out. 

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