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Need advice reading the weather: Bail on Whistler for next week? Where to go for snow?

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Thread Starter 
I am scheduled to hit Whistler starting the 16th for 6 days. I am VERY concerned as they are getting hit by a warm front. Freezing levels are projected to be mid-mountain, but they could be so socked in with fog it won't matter if the top stays cold enough for snow. Then again, the top could be insanely good. Total crap shoot as far as I can tell.

Looking for advice: do I bail on Whistler and head else where? If so, were?
post #2 of 7
 How much would it cost you to bail?   How well do you know the mountain?
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I have until Friday to change my hotel reservation, and can change flights with a small fee up until Wednesday.

I have spent about 14 days skiing Whistler to date, so I have some knowledge of it. I know my way around Spanky's and the Glacier on Blackcomb, have spent some time exploring the ridge off the peak chair on Whistler and can find my way to fraggle rock, but I really don't know the back bowls like Harmony at all.

My big concern is fog. I have been on Whistler when visibility is less then 5 feet and its not fun. If anyone can read the weather and judge what next week will look like, id love to hear it.
post #4 of 7
I actually thought Whistler is having an EPIC early season but I know it can get socked in with fog pretty well.  If you know Whistler well than you know you can ski the Alpine all day without having to come down too low.

I would still go......looks like after a few warm days things turn better.  With Whistler you never know though......

http://www.snowforecast.com/WhistlerBlackcombMountains
post #5 of 7
   First time I went to Whistler it was much like your forecast.   The alpine was closed, raining the bottom third and the middle was jam packed.   I ended up hiring a guide from Extremely Canadian and had a great time.  It was really foggy, but he knew exactly where to go and we got to cut the gigantic lines.  After the Alpine opened, it was insane!   I'd say go for it and if you have too, hire a guide.
 
post #6 of 7
I would take that bet, Prosen.  If the weather at the bottom goes bad you are going to get nuked on top.    The groomers over near the race and practice areas should be absolutely in-bloody-credible, with all the prep work that should be going on.  Imagine catching that stuff with 8" of fluff on top; would happily give up deep for that.  You need some pretty rude weather for some great skiing, and it is setting in well.

Yes, you may be skiing by brawl but the trees and rope lines provide more than one service.  Breakout the 'cat crap' (or anti fog of choice) and carry an extra goggle rag.  You are going to have a good time. 
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 Well, so far it has been a pretty good bet. The snow is amazing in quantity if just a tad heavy. Every night and most mornings we pick up more. Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Spanky's and got multiple runs of fresh tracks. Today they upper mountain was closed due to wind, but the tree skiing was phenomenal.

Yes it has been raining in the valley at times, but it has hardly been an issue.
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