WHISTLER, BC November 12, 2015 – Whistler Mountain will be opening one week ahead of schedule on Thursday, November 19. The early opening has been made possible thanks to favourable early season conditions, including natural snowfall and prime temperatures for snowmaking. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on November 26.
“Since November 1, we have received 98cm (38.5in) of natural snow as measured at our Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain and we have another 45cm (18in) to 75cm (29.5in) in the forecast at higher elevations over the next few days,” says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. “What Mother Nature has brought us so far has been complemented by our snowmaking team, who have converted over 26.5 million gallons of water into snow since the start of November. We are excited conditions have allowed us to get the season started ahead of schedule this year for all those eager skiers and snowboarders out there.”
When Whistler Mountain opens on November 19 it will have five lifts running, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind guests to ski/ride safely as early season conditions will apply, especially off piste,” says MacFarlane. “Please obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by ‘Temporary Boundary’ signage.”
With more snow in the forecast between now and Opening Day, guests will be able to enjoy some fun conditions to kick off Whistler Blackcomb’s 50th anniversary season. More details about what guests can expect on November 19 will be available early next week.
CommentsNovember 19, 2015
The month of May is a very interesting time in Whistler. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring, the snow is melting, the beaches and golf courses are open, and the mountain bike trails are getting prepared for an opening in the very near future (May 17th, to be exact).
With temperatures reaching the 30’s (Mid 80’s for my American friends), it’s not uncommon to see the general population in Whistler wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, while standing beside a skier or snowboarder who’s fully decked out in gear which looks WAY too warm.
(Case in point. PS, retro one-piece suits NEVER go out of style in Spring time)
That being said, the end of May brings about a new sport – the Whistler Triathlon (I wonder if we can turn this into an Olympic sport). The Whistler Triathlon isn’t your regular run of the mill triathlon. In fact for a very short period, between May 17th (opening of the Bike Park) until May 27th (last day of spring skiing on Blackcomb) opens up a window for the die-hards. Start the day off skiing or snowboarding, followed up with a downhill mountain bike ride in the afternoon, and topped off with a round of golf or a wakeboard at Green Lake in the late afternoon. Or for those feeling VERY adventurous, you can even possibly make it to Vancouver Island in time for an evening surf session.
You know you’re in a sports oriented town when these are serious discussions, of how many different sports you can accomplish in one day!
Maybe this is why no one seems to age in this town 😉
CommentsMay 7, 2013
One of my favourite Whistler photographers has released his first set of photos in his Whistler 2013 gallery.
A few of my favourites below:
(James Heim standing on top of the world….ok, 7th Heaven)
(Dana Flahr killing the powder on Blackcomb)
To view the entire gallery, click HERE
CommentsJanuary 10, 2013
Aloha! From Aloha!
Now that the Holidays are over and done with, it’s time to get back to that fluffy white gold that keeps us all here.
The word “Snowpocalypse” is pretty accurate these days!
We’ve now broken the 19-feet of snow mark, and we still haven’t hit out 2 snowiest months yet.
This could potentially be one for the record books.
So if you’re trying to figure out where to take your vacation this winter, I have a suggestion for you.
Why not come check out my backyard?
*Photo Taken by Gordy.
Much love, from the Aloha Whistler Accommodations, and the Sea To Sky Security teams!
CommentsJanuary 8, 2013
Do you like saving money?
Of course you do!
Can I help you save money?
Of course I can!
How? By booking that vacation you’ve been wanting!
How does spending your holidays in Canada’s snowiest Winter Wonderland sound?
We’ve already received enough snow the Whistler Blackcomb has Announced an ERALY OPENING of November 16th!
And from the looks of the forecast, we’re about to get another major dumping of that white gold right before the holidays “officially” start (wait, isn’t it always Holidays out here in Whistler??)
We still have some fantastic Accommodations available over the festive season, and we’d love you to get our here and enjoyplaying in our backyard!
Call Reservations directly to discuss how we can save you money over the Holidays this year!
And Just to get you excited to spend your Holidays in Whistler, here’s a few photo’s to tease you!
( Photo: Erin Hogue)
( Photo: Mitch Winton)
CommentsDecember 15, 2012
With Christmas just around the corner, Whistler is starting to look more and more like the Winter Wonderland that makes this place so magical.
All the trees are decorated with lights, and it looks pretty spectacular at night.
But aside from just walking the Village stroll and looking at lights, what else is there to do?
Ok, well since you asked….
One of my favourites is the Dress Like Santa And Ski For Free day.
It looks like it will most likely be happening on Saturday December 22nd, it is pretty much exactly as it sounds.
Hundreds and Hundreds of skiers and snowboards all dressed as Santa, all coming down the hill at the same time. Depending on your outlook, it’s either a really awesome sight, or extra creepy (you know, if the fat guy scared you as a kid.)
Oh… The ski free part?!
Well the first 75 people to show up to the bottom of the mountain at GLC (Garibaldi Lift co.) dressed fully in their outfit get a free day pass.
What better way to spend the day?!
(I’m pretty sure that’s actually Santa on the left. And no, not all of them are dropping off toys from their hybrid “sleigh”)
(It’s like a Christmas version of Where’s Waldo.)
Now that you have that image burned in your mind, picture all of them jumping through hoops of fire, with fireworks going off all around.
Yeah, I wish too….
Unfortunately, there aren’t any Santa’s jumping through hoops for the Fire and Ice show. Instead you’ll have a whole whack load of professional skiers and snowboarders putting on one hell of a show.
Happening December 16, 23, 30 & January 6th (each Sunday night) this free show is most certainly one of the Family Favourites.
(Who can say no to these cute Fire wranglers ?!)
For more information, and Christmas ideas click riiiiiiiiight HERE
CommentsDecember 3, 2012
Ok, I know I posted this video the other day…
However, Whistler Blackcomb has released the Snowboard version ofit, and being a snowboarder, I’m naturally inclined to be moredrawn to it.
But I figured maybe it’s best to get the popular vote.
Which one do YOU like more?
*Cover photo courtesy: Rueben Krabbe. Skier: Eliel Hindert
CommentsNovember 30, 2012
That’s right, 5 days and 75 films, along with many many specialevents on the go, Whistler Film Fest is getting right into thethick of things!
Night One was was a success with two films being screened, andfrom everything I’ve heard it was nothing short of perfect!
Day and Night Two are chock filled with 15 films being screened,as well as a special Trailblazer Award and Intimate Conversationwith award winning actress and producer, and one of my favourite’sto watch on TV, Rashida Jones (The office, Parks & Rec).
And she’s not the only famous name in town right now. Mr. DanielRadcliffe (Harry Potter) and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) have bothbeen cruising the Village Stroll, much to the ladies delight.
Julia Stiles (The Bourne trilogy) and the legendary Canadianfolk/rock guitarist Bruce Cockburn are also in the village thisweekend. Hopefully I can run in to good ol’ Brucey, and have himwrite me into his next song. Pipedream, maybe??
Ok, back to the movies!
SO many choices. With 15 happening tonight, and another 58 overthe next three days and nights, I’m really at a loss of which totry and catch. It seems all of the movies are THE ones to watchthis year.
Makes it a little difficult to be in so many places at once. Hmmm,time to find a scientist and build myself a few clones that can gowatch all the movies, and relay it all to my mind atonce.
On second thought, that sounds like a brain overload. I think I’lljust stick to hoping that I’ve picked the best ones!
(My favourite, Rashida Jones)
(Daniel Radcliffe. Spotlight and Q&A – Nov. 30 – MilleniumPlace)
(Magic Mike himself – Channing Tatum)
CommentsNovember 29, 2012
I came across this picture today and got filled with excitementfor the Peak to be opened soon.
It’s amazing what snow, an iconic Inukshuk, and thin clouds withthe Sun peaking through can create.
It’s how I picture a Snow Storm in Star Wars to look like….
*Photo Courtesy of Whistler BlackcombWebcams
CommentsNovember 24, 2012
Everyone is loving the sudden influx of snow on the mountain andin the village, even the dogs!
It’s certainly brought a sense of joy to the air, and what couldbe better for the American Thanksgiving weekend?
I know I’m certainly thankful for all the snow we’ve been gettingfor Opening week.
In fact, nearly 160 cm/63 inches, or for those not in the mood todo mental calculations – over 5 feet of snow, has fallen in thepast week.
Every day has been a powder day!
And today was no exception. With 25 cms falling overnight, and awhole ton of people in town, the vibe in the village was nothingshort of electric this morning.
I was even able to get picture evidence this morning. Unlikeyesterday, I thought ahead to stop and take a click or two.
Nothing better than being able to rip powder laps with a solidcrew!
First picture shows the lack of visibility. Second picture showsthe depth of snow a little better.
Cover Photo courtesy of Logan Swayze | Coast Photo
Rock And Roll – Lack of visibility
Rock and Roll – Knee deep powder laps