One word: Epic. As I sit here and try to come up with the words to describe our first trip to W / B, it is near impossible to find the words that can put the experience into perspective. One can read about how big this resort is, but until you have been there, you cannot fully appreciate the magnitude of what these two mountains have to offer.
First off we were blessed with one of the best windows of weather this season. We were on a 3 days of 4 lift ticket and it worked out brilliantly, pun intended. As is the case on any trip, you can book your vacation, but you cannot book your weather. W / B has a rap on being sketchy for weather and we lucked out. Of our 4 days there, we had sun for three of them.
Not only did we luck into the weather, but I had a buddy of mine who has been to Whistler every spring for about the last 10 years as our guide. No Trail Map required. What a treat!!!!!
The weather afforded all of us the opportunity to experience Symphony and Harmony with fresh powder. Thrill of a lifetime. It was not so deep as to swallow us and leave us digging out, but enough to experience the full float sensation.
My buddy indicated that the new Crystal lift has produced a totally improved experience on that part of Blackcomb. The terrain there was truly exceptional. We did not get up onto the Glacier as none of us has the "T Bar" experience required. This did not look like the place to start !!!!!!
We certainly found Blackcomb a far more comfortable mountain to ride vs. Whistler. As Lamps (again, many thanks ) had posted, Whistler has more runs that "traverse" the fall line and are a little less enjoyable because of that. And, after the thrill of doing Symphony and Harmony, the Green cat track back, Burnt Stew Trail, is quite the quad killer. ( We all ride goofy )
Every mountain is at its best with Bluebird skies. Mother nature served up just that and I know that we could have had cloud, grey, flat light and we might never have seen all that WB has to offer, but I will go again having seen just how magnificent these mountains can be when the conditions are right.