Hey guys so me and my family are planning a trip to Whistler next season and I just would like some advice on the best times to go. Basically our options are mid December or beginning to mid January. But if you recommend other times please let me know cuz we might be able to work it out. I've been reading some reviews and it seems like its almost a gamble going here because it could be awesome or it could be too windy to where the alpine is closed and rainy on the bottom of the mountain. Is this really the case? And would the snow be ok in mid December or mid January with nice powder?
I appreciate any advice guys, thanks!
After having spent 10.11 from start through to finish I hopefully can provide you w/ some insight - of course conditions differ per season. Both November and December provided a great foundation, since we had 300 cm in Nov. and 400cm in Dec. thereabouts. In short if you were tossing up between mid-December and mid-January I'd recommend (based upon this season) vacationing mid-late December. I found it a tad icy mid-late January... there was a dry-spell re. snowfall... (strange). Dumped down w/ vengeance in February... 5FT in one week(AMAAAAAAZING).
Truthfully no matter whether it is December/January you're going to enjoy Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains. They say that Blackcomb is the boarder's mountain and Whistler the skier's... Blackcomb has consistent steepness... whereas Whistler... has a lot of flat areas which makes getting from a to be near impossible for some sboarders - however Whistler was/is my Mountain!
Tended to be sunny/blue skies in Dec/January. Yes, while considerably windy from my memory/experience most lifts/areas were open. P2P Gondola withstands up to 70 - 80kmph, 40 - 50 kmph re. open chairs. If the winds exceed the above they'll shut them down.
10.11 boasts second snowiest season on record, third being 09.10.
IMHO re. snowfall/weather I'd recommend mid-late December. Down-side to this is that some runs/lifts are heavily congested. Mind you, the green runs/blues/merge areas are those that have traffic... off-piste areas/blacks/doubles/trees are w/o.
In short it is only 'down' from here... 8,000 skiable acreas of terrain... and if you're into BC... 427,000 acres... o _ O