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Season's over ? Whistler disagrees, and then some.

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yes, while many of us are tearing up at the sight of your local hill's last turn of the lifts; some monster of a mountain goes gently along with a 103 inch base and 383 inches of total snowfall.

I can hear you now, "Big whoop, my hill has that".

Yes, it does; but it seems only Whistler knows what to do with a problem like that. Whistler has Blackcomb mountain open until June 8th and has the glacier open until July 27th, which is so close to fall; you can almost hear the leaves falling.

Yes, my friends; summer is only a bad thing if you let it be; and Whistler has no intention of letting that happen.

Hours:
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mou...ours/index.htm

Webcams:
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/cams/index.htm

Looks like January to me:
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/wea...tler/index.htm

and February:
http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/wea...tler/index.htm
post #2 of 24
How is the spring skiing there? Are mornings okay but afternoons mushy? Do they keep getting new snow? I'm in Seattle and it's an appealing thought, to drive up in April or May for spring skiing, but I don't want to waste my time and money to ski in slush.
post #3 of 24
Wow that is awesome... oh how I wish I could take the time off... Damn production deadlines! :
post #4 of 24
A-basin and Loveland also disagree with recent storm bringing 11 and 18 inches respectively (it seems A-basin usually underreports for some reason) Pali lift open til early May (prob same with Montezuma bowl) and rest of the Basin open til early June.

How late is Mammoth open?
Gotta love spring skiing :


--The pattern looks unsettled again by next Wednesday (15th)/ Thursday (16th) and through the 18th/ 19th as low pressure moves through with potential snowfall. After a brief break, we see more storms after the 20th/ 21st. The rest of April, and possibly May, look busy with storms across the west, and short breaks in between. :
post #5 of 24
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dunno on mammoth, but i'm watching. theyre tickets list 4-21 thru close, but arent letting on when that might be.

amd i'm giving loveland the wuss award this year(and i think i can do that being the most likely the only guy in Texas advertising for them on my bumper).

they called a close date of 5-4 in april with big storms coming in almost daily. they could have easily pushed out to mid or late may. unless the national forest said 1st week of may is it, theyre closing just cause they cant fill enough of the lifts.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Christy View Post
How is the spring skiing there? Are mornings okay but afternoons mushy? Do they keep getting new snow? I'm in Seattle and it's an appealing thought, to drive up in April or May for spring skiing, but I don't want to waste my time and money to ski in slush.
more than likely, the upper mountain is completely open and in fabulous mid winter shape. however, the lower mountain might be a slushy and would be better to download rather than ski all the way to the base. only in a big resort like this is it worth it.
post #7 of 24

Slush is in the eye of the beholder

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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
more than likely, the upper mountain is completely open and in fabulous mid winter shape. however, the lower mountain might be a slushy and would be better to download rather than ski all the way to the base. only in a big resort like this is it worth it.
Two day ago skied to the bottom of both, I cannot see any reason why someone would download. Tokum to Crabapple on Whistler was superb!

With warm temps scheduled for this weekend that may change, but downloading at a ski area just seems so wrong!!!!:
post #8 of 24
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Two day ago skied to the bottom of both, I cannot see any reason why someone would download. Tokum to Crabapple on Whistler was superb!
We've had an seasonably cold early spring here in the PNW so I'll take this with a grain of salt--I imagine that might not be the way every early April is.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Christy View Post
We've had an seasonably cold early spring here in the PNW so I'll take this with a grain of salt--I imagine that might not be the way every early April is.
Christy...every season is obviously different, however for the 25+ years I've been skiing Whistler March and April RARELY disappoint, at least for me. Yes in the afternoon when it's 60+ out the snow mid mountian on down getting sloppy, I find it great to carve in....

Many people ask when should they visit Whistler? I usually tell them after Easter is great if they want some excellent spring skiing, reduces lift tickets and few people.

And besides, on a warm day who wants to wait for the gondola only to be stuffed in with a a bunch of sweaty skiers (or worse boarders!!!)....ah, the aroma of sweat and sun screen blended together....:
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
they called a close date of 5-4 in april with big storms coming in almost daily. they could have easily pushed out to mid or late may. unless the national forest said 1st week of may is it, theyre closing just cause they cant fill enough of the lifts.
Which is stupid, they could just wait till all the other mountains besides basin shut down and they'd have no problem filling lifts.
post #11 of 24
The Ski Divas are planning on a huge GTG at ABasin on Mothers day weekend!
I am thinking we'll be greeted with great snow base!

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Originally Posted by bumpdad View Post
A-basin and Loveland also disagree with recent storm bringing 11 and 18 inches respectively (it seems A-basin usually underreports for some reason) Pali lift open til early May (prob same with Montezuma bowl) and rest of the Basin open til early June.

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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
dunno on mammoth, but i'm watching. theyre tickets list 4-21 thru close, but arent letting on when that might be.

amd i'm giving loveland the wuss award this year(and i think i can do that being the most likely the only guy in Texas advertising for them on my bumper).

they called a close date of 5-4 in april with big storms coming in almost daily. they could have easily pushed out to mid or late may. unless the national forest said 1st week of may is it, theyre closing just cause they cant fill enough of the lifts.
Unless Mammoth gets a bunch more snow they'll probably have to close on Memorial Day weekend this year.
post #13 of 24
Mammoth stays open as long as they can. But with little snow in March and none in April, Memorial Day sounds like it will be closing day, unless they get a couple of good snowfalls later this month.
post #14 of 24
Why does the other mountain close this early? Surely they have base?
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
The Ski Divas are planning on a huge GTG at ABasin on Mothers day weekend!
I am thinking we'll be greeted with great snow base!
Oh you will it's snowing again tonight and it was 4 degrees in the valley this morning
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
The Ski Divas are planning on a huge GTG at ABasin on Mothers day weekend!
I am thinking we'll be greeted with great snow base!
A-Basin was lovely today, if very windy. Good base, might take a hit with a warm spell coming, but should still be fine.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Christy View Post
How is the spring skiing there? Are mornings okay but afternoons mushy? Do they keep getting new snow? I'm in Seattle and it's an appealing thought, to drive up in April or May for spring skiing, but I don't want to waste my time and money to ski in slush.
Conditions are still great -- a lot more like midwinter than spring in the upper areas. If you want to skip the slush, ski the high alpine areas & download on the gondola at the end of the day.
post #18 of 24
We were there last week.
We skied down to the base once (missed the midpoint) and it was like porridge - but the midpoint was damp but good and everything above was just better and better. The snow wasn't as crisp as Big Sky - but it did snow almost every day. Visibility was variable - I skied soft snow in Whistler bowl and Surprise in sunlight but the fog blew in and out every few minutes so the next run was a total whiteout (interesting). When the sun came out though ...

And Whistler is so big!

People at ESA were saying how big BigSky is - and yet Whistler's Symphony Bowl feels like it's as big as Lone Peak and it's bowl. And then there's Harmony bowl - and Whistler Bowl. And then the same again on Blackcomb... The place is just massive...
post #19 of 24
seems like spring break is coming real late this year. i hope the college kids choose places like this instead of the beaches.
post #20 of 24
Will be there April 26-28th, and May 10-13. One of the best pictures of me in pow was taken last May on the Blackcomb glacier. Two feet of HEAVY pow, but it was white and it slid - what more could you ask for?
post #21 of 24
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We skied down to the base once (missed the midpoint) and it was like porridge - but the midpoint was damp but good and everything above was just better and better. The snow wasn't as crisp as Big Sky - but it did snow almost every day. Visibility was variable - I skied soft snow in Whistler bowl and Surprise in sunlight but the fog blew in and out every few minutes so the next run was a total whiteout (interesting). When the sun came out though
Thanks, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
HEAVY pow
Oxymoron?

In other news, it is dumping snow in the mountains again today...with the freezing level forecast to drop down to near sea level this week. Spring has been put on hold until summer this year.
post #23 of 24
Here's a few shots of W-B from last week.










post #24 of 24
I was up at whistler on friday and sunday. twas fun. lots of snow still there.
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