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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 12:07 PM
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It's snowing all week, sure the freezing level might be high but the place is absolutely massive, just stay above the peak to peak gondola and you'll be sweet.
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It's snowing all week, sure the freezing level might be high but the place is absolutely massive, just stay above the peak to peak gondola and you'll be sweet.
But isn't the peak to peak gondola at the peak?

I was at whistler a couple of weeks ago when they had a Pineapple Express roll through, similar to the next weather setup I believe. It rained hard in the village and they had solid amounts on the hill overnight (bout 40cm I believe) but it was just absolute shit. So thick, heavy and wet. Not enjoyable at all. And not just that, they shut the alpine down. Due to the increased avvy risk with that type of snow. Trees were essentially unrideable due to the quality of the snow. It was seriously the worst day of snowboarding I've ever had.

You could face downhill on a black run and not move. I remember pretty much bombing the hill from the top of jersey cream chair, making one turn and coming to a complete stop.

Interior bc/Alberta are much better bets.
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But isn't the peak to peak gondola at the peak?

I was at whistler a couple of weeks ago when they had a Pineapple Express roll through, similar to the next weather setup I believe. It rained hard in the village and they had solid amounts on the hill overnight (bout 40cm I believe) but it was just absolute shit. So thick, heavy and wet. Not enjoyable at all. And not just that, they shut the alpine down. Due to the increased avvy risk with that type of snow. Trees were essentially unrideable due to the quality of the snow. It was seriously the worst day of snowboarding I've ever had.

You could face downhill on a black run and not move. I remember pretty much bombing the hill from the top of jersey cream chair, making one turn and coming to a complete stop.

Interior bc/Alberta are much better bets.
Our last day there on our trip was the Pineapple Express a couple weeks ago, and we only made it a half day. Note though OP, conditions there can change day to day....just go if you have never been.
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Our last day there on our trip was the Pineapple Express a couple weeks ago, and we only made it a half day. Note though OP, conditions there can change day to day....just go if you have never been.
Disagree. What are the chances of having great conditions two days after a massive warm front? Real slim. Last time I went was my first visit and I didn't really like it. The crowds, the prices, and ordinary snow. Anywhere in the interior is far far better. If you are there for the party scene then that's one thing but if you want good snow, give it a miss.
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But isn't the peak to peak gondola at the peak?

I was at whistler a couple of weeks ago when they had a Pineapple Express roll through, similar to the next weather setup I believe. It rained hard in the village and they had solid amounts on the hill overnight (bout 40cm I believe) but it was just absolute shit. So thick, heavy and wet. Not enjoyable at all. And not just that, they shut the alpine down. Due to the increased avvy risk with that type of snow. Trees were essentially unrideable due to the quality of the snow. It was seriously the worst day of snowboarding I've ever had.

You could face downhill on a black run and not move. I remember pretty much bombing the hill from the top of jersey cream chair, making one turn and coming to a complete stop.

Interior bc/Alberta are much better bets.
No, peak to peak gondola is just below the alpine. You have to take one more chair to get up to the alpine from the peak to peak gondola.

The alpine was actually tons of fun after they reopened because we had a ridiculous amount of untouched snow up top. In Whistler our run conditions really do change daily. We can have rain one day and it'll be perfectly fine 1-2 days later, especially if we're talking about the alpine.

I wouldn't really judge Whistler based on the few rain days we get each year Especially if you don't know where to go riding to get the good stuff.

But that's why I always say the trip experience for someone coming for a holiday vs. someone spending a whole season is totally different because it's so weather dependent.

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So I called whistler and read their website. Listed as "HARDPACK". Lady said it was ice up top and slush at the bottom. I just dont know we didnt do like a UTAH trip. This blows......
Was hard pack some sun today. Overall great day on the hill. Groomed to perfection. Bottom was corn snow.

Will puke for the next two days. Only hope they can get the high alpine open when I'm back Thursday.
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Disagree. What are the chances of having great conditions two days after a massive warm front? Real slim. Last time I went was my first visit and I didn't really like it. The crowds, the prices, and ordinary snow. Anywhere in the interior is far far better. If you are there for the party scene then that's one thing but if you want good snow, give it a miss.
I'm talking about forecasts, because of the location the weather can change dramatically so if you are determining weather you will make a trip based on 10 day outlook, it likely is going to change and he should just go.
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