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Finally hitting Whistler - which ski?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

 I've skied all over the world over 30+ years, but I'm about to take my first trip to Whistler next week!  I grew up skiing Heavenly and Alpine in the early 80s and still get 40 or say days a year between the two.  Frontside, I typically ski 2007 Volkl Supersport Allstars, and for my Mott/Killebrew days, I'll take my Atomic M11B5 (I know, similar skis, but I find the 76mm Atomic to be nimble enough for me).  I ski probably 60/40 piste/off.  My Supersports are my all-time favorite ski, but I don't want to be missing out if I don't take the M11B5.  Taking both isn't an option as my wife is bringing hers as well.

 

Knowing what you know about Whistler, current/expected conditions, terrain, etc, which skis would be best?

 

Much appreciated!

post #2 of 19

Take your allstars and rent something really fat if you get a big day. 

post #3 of 19

And judging by the forecast, there won't be any big day.   (i'm heading out there myself tomorrow.)

post #4 of 19

This has been a lousy year for snow in the Whistler vicinity.  Come ready to carve groomers and/or ski bumps.  There may be a little bit of crud, but it might have ice involved.

post #5 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

 

This has been a lousy year for snow in the Whistler vicinity.  Come ready to carve groomers and/or ski bumps.  There may be a little bit of crud, but it might have ice involved.

 

Indeed. Coverage off-piste is mostly not good. Many excellent lines are either not skiable, or only skiable if someone else buys your skis for you. After a little snow the night of Feb 8, there are a few soft spots here and there, but it's mostly fast, polished groomers. A few firm bumps are available, but care must be taken to avoid too much damage to one's skis. Some tree lines are open, but obstacles are plentiful.

 

The groomers are long and fun, and the scenery is awesome, but it's a shame some of the best stuff isn't really available so far this year.

 

Ride the Peak-to-Peak. Take a camera, if it's a clear day.

 

 

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks all, much appreciated.

 

Just my luck - I go non-refundable snow chasing when my home mountain gets hammered and my destination mountain remains pretty light.  My snow chasing this year has been like some weird game of whack-a-mole.  Oh well - like you said, I'll enjoy the scenery, and I'm sure I'll have a good time testing some speed limits on the Allstars.  And my wife the corduroy queen will be in heaven.

 

 

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

OK, now it's decision time of another sort:  whether or not to actually make the trip or just stay at home and ski Heavenly for the whole of next week.

 

I've read on TGR and other forums that the conditions are bad enough at WB to the point that people are canceling trips even if a portion of their trips are non-refundable.  That's my case - our hotel is non-refundable to the tune of about $1200 US.

 

Is it really that bad up there?  Like I mentioned, my wife is all about groomers, and I can certainly make the best of groomers if I have to, but $1200 US or so is right about at the threshold of where I would consider canceling for better snow.

 

I notice that even with all this new coverage in the Sierras, WB is still reporting a base about equal to that of Heavenly.  But like I said, I've never been to WB, so I don't know what that number really means today.

 

Does anyone have any insight or perhaps a recent condition report to help me gauge if it's even worth it to make the trip? 

post #8 of 19

It's the worst I've seen it in a decade of very frequent trips. The peak only opened three weeks ago.

 

I was there for the "big dump" two weeks ago for 10-12 of HEAVY powder, but that just seemed to be enough to cover rocks that would be fonud after the second person

 

On piste is so-so, but there's so many people it looks like Killington on a holiday weekend.

 

$1200 is a lot to blow, but it is really fairly awful right now.

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

 Eek.  Flight leaves in 4 hours, and I look outside and it's dumping.  

 

What.  A.  Drag.

 

I'm actually more concerned about the crowds than the lack of snow.  Will it really be that bad Tuesday, Wed, Thursday? 

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

Settled.  Canceled.  My wife spoke to a colleague who lives up there and she concurred that it's worth it to stay away.

 

WB thankfully is refunding the pre-paid lift tix and the hotel is giving us a 50% credit for a stay at a later date.  No problem, I'm sure we'll use it.  Flights, well, since when have US airlines ever had reasonable cancellation fees?

 

Now if I could just get out of the driveway to roll up to Heavenly  

post #11 of 19

Take your water skis. How that place can be so high on people's list is beyond me. Snow quality has *got* to be a major component to spending your hard earned $$$ on a vacation, and that place just does not measure up. 

post #12 of 19

Just skied there last week. I got snow for my birthday (yeah) but real thin, we hunted around and found some decent lines like in 7th heaven but you had to be very careful of thinly covered rocks, (you gotta see my bases) and lots of creeks that aren't covered well. We worked some other areas around emerald chair and other blue/green areas where there was some fresh in the trees and areas where most folks don't go. Work the edges.  The groomers are bullet-proof in many areas.

 

At least they have those noodle bowls at Rendezous......... try the free-range chicken and tofu veggie blend.

 

Dinner, you gotta go to the Chophouse over at Creekside... Killer food and very hot Aussie waitress's.. :) 

post #13 of 19

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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post

 

Take your water skis. How that place can be so high on people's list is beyond me. Snow quality has *got* to be a major component to spending your hard earned $$$ on a vacation, and that place just does not measure up. 


 

Amen.  I live 2 1/2 hours away from Whistler, and don't DARE make plans to go there, because of the crapshoot that it is.  Give me interior BC, Alta, or Jackson any day...

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by cooper8168 View Post

 

Settled.  Canceled.  My wife spoke to a colleague who lives up there and she concurred that it's worth it to stay away.

 

WB thankfully is refunding the pre-paid lift tix and the hotel is giving us a 50% credit for a stay at a later date.  No problem, I'm sure we'll use it.  Flights, well, since when have US airlines ever had reasonable cancellation fees?

 

Now if I could just get out of the driveway to roll up to Heavenly  

Good move. I know how much it hurts to not go, but it REALLY sucks this year.
 

 

I'm in the midst of making plans with a buddy who lives at Whistler to meet in SLC next month, as he doesn't want to waste a complete season.

post #15 of 19

We were booked Feb 13-20; in too deep to cancel, and actually had a good trip. Yes the snow cover was thin, thin, thin. Some of the most challenging runs were closed; others were tracked out and rocky (making for more challenge)!  My 2 expert sons definitely didn't get their normal fill of thrills on the steeps, but they found enough on that massive terrain to satisfy.  Groomers were fine, though no fresh snow at all. On the plus side, 6 glorious days of sunshine, perfect sub-zero temps all the way to the village, and only a couple of crowded lift lines on the weekend; traffic was way, way down!

And things may be looking up - they finally got 30 cm yesterday and more's in the forecast  (now that we left.  )

post #16 of 19

I hope this snow keeps up! I leave next Fri 3/6 for a week at Whistler and I get one chance a year to ski away from the East Coast. The web site says they got 32" over the past 4 days - keep it coming!

post #17 of 19

I'm heading there on Wednesday 25th March, looks like snow report it excellent so has the season just come a bit late or are we in for a bit of a nasty surprise? I'm travelling from the UK so I'm going either way!

post #18 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by BigBenUK View Post

 

I'm heading there on Wednesday 25th March, looks like snow report it excellent so has the season just come a bit late or are we in for a bit of a nasty surprise? I'm travelling from the UK so I'm going either way!

 

Supposedly, yes.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/82510/whistler-is-getting-hit

post #19 of 19

Thanks - looks like its going to be a good trip!

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