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What will Whistler be like over Thanksgiving weekend?

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Hi, I'm an intermediate skier planning to go to Whistler for the first time this weekend. Looks like the base is only 21" right now, with maybe a few more inches in the forecast... for those who have been there this early in the season, what do you think the skiing will be like? Will I ruin my skis on rocks? Will the snow be slushy Cascade concrete? Will I have a good time despite the limited number of runs open? Thanks for any info you can provide!
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Originally Posted by Lefty Lucy View Post
Hi, I'm an intermediate skier planning to go to Whistler for the first time this weekend. Looks like the base is only 21" right now, with maybe a few more inches in the forecast... for those who have been there this early in the season, what do you think the skiing will be like?

> At least it is open

Will I ruin my skis on rocks?


> Off piste - YESSS!

Will the snow be slushy Cascade concrete?

> at the bottom yes.

Will I have a good time despite the limited number of runs open?


> Better than spending time behind a desk. And I bet all the bars are open.

Thanks for any info you can provide!
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> Better than spending time behind a desk.
LOL, that's the truth!
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Originally Posted by Lefty Lucy View Post
Hi, I'm an intermediate skier planning to go to Whistler for the first time this weekend. Looks like the base is only 21" right now, with maybe a few more inches in the forecast... for those who have been there this early in the season, what do you think the skiing will be like? Will I ruin my skis on rocks? Will the snow be slushy Cascade concrete? Will I have a good time despite the limited number of runs open? Thanks for any info you can provide!
I would definitely take the rock skis - the 21 " they're claiming is optimistic at best and there's nuttin' in the forecast. On the bright side, you should see some sun...
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W/B will be sparse, and the locals will be as excited as a 16yo in a Parisian Brothel....here is a great thread from one of the local patrolers:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...d.php?t=141336

I've had some great opening days on Whistler, this will not be one of them, still as someone aboe mentioned, it is better than sitting at a desk!

Post a TR upon your return!
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Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes!
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Well, it did kind of suck! There were very, very few runs open (like 2 on Blackcomb and 3 or 4 on Whistler) and it was super crowded, with beginner through advanced skiers all on the same slopes. No black runs were open at all. Speeding packs of snowboarders nearly mowed me down repeatedly and there was questionable coverage in spots even on the runs that were open. The snow quality was actually pretty decent on Friday, with a couple cm of fresh snow falling throughout the day, but by Saturday the temps rose and the snow got heavy. By Sunday it was even warmer and we decided it wasn't worth the effort to ski that day.

If we had gone with the intent to ski all day every day, we would have been very disappointed. But we knew it might be iffy, so we did some lazing around in our rental, took baths, cooked dinner, saw the new James Bond movie, etc. and it was still a fun vacation overall. But next time I think I'll wait until the season is a little further along. Thanks for the advance info!
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