Yeah, Whistler/Blackcomb is amazing. By far the best location I've ever boarded (four times). Kind of expensive, but the runs are way worth it. The village is a pretty sweet place just to bum around, and theres plenty of proshops around if you want any questions answered. About all the employees around there are just in it for the mountain, so they're friendly and don't mind telling you what places will rip you off - we even had a guy from one store send us somewhere cheaper! Which, is uh...better.
I might be hitting it this winter. I am visiting some relatives who live in Washington and I think Whistler Blackcomb is only about 4 hours north. They said they want to take us skiing, but I think they want to hit Montana. I think that would probably be even farther since they are on the coast of Washington, but I honestly don't know the area. I'm praying we can hit W/B. I've wanted to go there since I started boarding.
I might be hitting it this winter. I am visiting some relatives who live in Washington and I think Whistler Blackcomb is only about 4 hours north. They said they want to take us skiing, but I think they want to hit Montana.
From the Seattle region, the drive to Whistler is 5-6 hours depending on snow conditions, highway construction along Sea to Sky and the Border Crossing Traffic.
The drive to Montana is a longer drive easily from Seattle. If they are on the coast, it's gonna be longer depending if you take the ferry or drive to get over.
I used to ride Whistler a couple times a year when I lived in Washington. Amazing riding at both Whistler and Blackcomb and the one thing i love is that if it's crappy at one mountain, it's good at the other mountain.
My favorite time to visit Whistler is for the Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival in April. Great events, huge nightlife and great riding. I've rode fresh powder every trip during Telus.
Sounds awesome. I can't wait to check it out. I might move to Washington someday (Vermont is also in the running), so I hope to get a chance to look over the area as well. I've got a new camcorder so I hope to have some chance to take video.
I'm not moving JUST for snowboarding. I'm looking to move into an area away from heavy population and get a lot of land. Snowboarding is still my main hobby and I want to be close to it so I am picking places that have better conditions that Indy (the Sahara has better snowboarding than Indy ).
I'm going to check them both out, though. Either one sounds great.
Washington is nothing like VT. VT is tiny crappy mountains compared to what you will get in WA. When I moved to WA it was the biggest awakening of my life. The level of terrain and the fact you can die on beginer terrarin because of the natural features was unreal. I've ridden a good chunk of my life and WA was the first state that ever offered a mountain that challenged me, bring the A game or don't go. You can also get land cheap up around the mountain area's.
VT is crowded in my opinion too many citidiots fleeing up there from NYC the snow is inconsistant? When's the last time they had a good winter 00/01? I think.
Hmmmmmmm I take it you have snowboarded in Vermont??? Killington, Pico, stowe, smugglers maybe??? have you.... I have. I never snowboared at baker but I did ski their. Almost won a race actually.
Two years ago I was in Utah for a snowboard meet, great snow wonderful time, epic conditions, awesome people. Came back to the east coast and hit stowe VT...the grandaddy of the east. The best snow I have ever been on in my life weather it be on a pair of k2 190's or my nitro155 was that day at stowe.
I have always loved how the people from the west coast without hesitation ditch the east coast..when 80% have never been here to actually try the snow say in VT. Funny thing is, when you ride both ends you become a better rider because not only can one ride in the nice fluffy pow but one can ride on snow that has moisture and grab and speed...
I will be in seattle this coming winter to hit baker(with a snowboard this time), stephens pass and others with a friend of mine. Actually spoke about it with him last night.
Been to Vermont seen the hills. Hills don't compare to mountains....sorry. Riding doesn't compare between the two.
Washington does not have light fluffy powder of any sort, it's heavy slushy snow and the steepness is not easy. The in-bounds riding can kill people who are not at the level of riding yet...let alone like El pointed out, the natural terrain can kill you just as easily. Washington is not for beginner riders in any way or people who cannot handle steep pitches, tight tree runs and snow conditions that will suffocate you if your riding is not up to par.
and it's Stevens Pass...El knows what riding is like there coming from the east and if you want to actually ride the mountain you have to step up your game...its not easy mellow terrain of any sort unless you stick to a beginner run all day.