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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm planning a trip to Whistler this winter. It will be my first time on a 'big' mountain because I live/ski in the east. I'm ridiculously excited to go, but I have a few things that I'm not too sure about that I was hoping some posters from this awesome forum could answer. My questions are:

- I'd like to go right after the olympics are finished, and with the huge amount of people that will have been there because of the olympics, will that affect the amount of people on the slops and the conditions of the slopes? Will the slopes be overcrowded? 

- Is the mountain usually fully operational with mid winter conditions through all of March?

Thanks for your time.
James
post #2 of 10
march is usually a good month at whistler. Para olympics are in that month. Not sure how that will affect crowds. I've been hearing a lot of stuff about people avoiding Whistler this tear due to Olympics. My guess is that slopes will be less crowded than usual. However, lodging looks to be expensive until paraolympics are gone. In my experience, Whistler is a very busy resort. If there are less people on slopes than usual, that would be a good thing.
post #3 of 10
Until the Paralympics finish (21st March) then there may still be some areas unavailable (though there will still be a phenomenal amount to ski), indeed, it may take a few days of washing up to clear the runs down to Creekside for full use.

It's highly likely that there will be much quieter slopes than usual around Whistler this year. People being put off by the Olympics going on (and the prices in accordance). It's also likely that a lot of people who are there whilst events are happening will be skiing a lot less and watching much more.

As Maui Steve says though, March is a fantastic time to hit Whistler. The base is reaching its maximum and you should be just before the warmer weather starts to play havoc with snow quality.

I'm sure it'll be great - even better if you can catch a glimpse of the Paralympians in action - phenomenal determination and, above all, ability.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses, guys. I guess you're right about less people on the slopes during the olympics. I just saw a Whistler add and they said they would have quieter slopes. Although I'm thinking of going after the olympics, maybe the last week of March.

Do I have good odds of good snow the last week of March?

I'm guessing it will be good, but I'm not completely sure because I'm inexperienced with skiing the west (unfortunately).
post #5 of 10
I've skiied there around that time many times as my kids spring break was then. However, the bottom 1/3 can get slushy after lunch. You need to time where you go at that time depending on weather. Corn snow, slush, freeze-thaw cycle, etc. On the other hand, it can be full on winter there. Typically, a good time of year.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

I've skiied there around that time many times as my kids spring break was then. However, the bottom 1/3 can get slushy after lunch. You need to time where you go at that time depending on weather. Corn snow, slush, freeze-thaw cycle, etc. On the other hand, it can be full on winter there. Typically, a good time of year.
 
Awesome. That's what I figured. Thanks for the reply.

I'm so pumped to be finally hittin' Whistler!!
post #7 of 10
 Things can be very good at Whistler well into April.  Late March is a great time to go.  Enjoy.
post #8 of 10
April and May can be great months for WB, and with the 5280 vertical, you can decide which part of the mountain(s) you want to deal with as far as conditions. In March there's a good potential you could have the Peak to Creek run in great shape. Some year's, not so much.

Having the Olympics there will turn it into a horrendous cluster as far as lodging, but with 8000 acres, the vast majority will be well away from the Olympic carnage. There won't be any events on Blackcomb anyway. Note that the sea to sky hwy will be limited to buses only during the Olympics (not sure about paralympics), so transport could be a problem.

Just be advised that the weather can be just as crappy (zero vis, rain) anytime at WB, so bring your high intensity goggles and hope for the best.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

April and May can be great months for WB, and with the 5280 vertical, you can decide which part of the mountain(s) you want to deal with as far as conditions. In March there's a good potential you could have the Peak to Creek run in great shape. Some year's, not so much.

Having the Olympics there will turn it into a horrendous cluster as far as lodging, but with 8000 acres, the vast majority will be well away from the Olympic carnage. There won't be any events on Blackcomb anyway. Note that the sea to sky hwy will be limited to buses only during the Olympics (not sure about paralympics), so transport could be a problem.

Just be advised that the weather can be just as crappy (zero vis, rain) anytime at WB, so bring your high intensity goggles and hope for the best.
 


Thanks, I will! I didn't know that about the highway.
post #10 of 10
Don't worry about driving the Sea to Sky outside of the main Olympic dates.  We own a place up there and have followed the restrictions quite closely.  I think right after the Olympics would be an awesome time to ski!

This is straight off of the Whistler.ca website:

Sea to Sky Checkpoint: 

🰀 Anyone travelling outside peak hours will NOT need a permit 

🰀 Vehicle permits will be distributed via mail in November -two 

vehicle permits per household 

🰀 Distribution offices will also be established to support the issuing 

process –planned opening in December 2009 and operate until 

February 28, 2010 

🰀 A Traffic Management Checkpoint will be in operation north of 

Squamish -by February 11 and until February 28, 2010 

🰀 Vehicle permits are for vehicles only –people will not need permits 

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