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04-14-2014 11:29 PM
Sean-h I'm up at Whis right now, 1st ever day here, this 14th day of April, and the conditions are still going very strong! You could ride all the way down to the village, in a T-shirt, under blue bird skies. (unless you want a nice goggle tan, everybody's free to wear sunscreen) The snow gets wetter and slushier the lower you go, but it is still perfectly ridable, as far as I'm concerned. I really enjoy riding this kind of stuff, feels like surfing. And the rental I am riding is properly waxed and goes very well over all the terrain these 2 fantastic mountains have to offer.

One other thing I will say is if you have never been here before, try get a guide, such as a friend who has been here before. This place is massive and getting lost can happen. You will also be shown (hopefully) all the 'hidden' spots most other people might miss. Fortunately my wife and I know a ski instructor who has lived here for the last 6 years, he showed us around, well worth the lunch and beer we bought him

Well I've got one more day tomorrow and the forecast is good, so if it is anything like today, it will be epic!

Video will be posted when I get round to editing 60 odd gigs of it.
04-01-2014 10:27 AM
F1EA Bluebird day at Whis. It's incredible.







That day was pretty so-so in terms of quality of snow..... but the blue makes up for it.
04-01-2014 05:28 AM
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I always find it interesting what certain people's definitions of "good weather" is.

Up here in the the Pacific Northwet, I mean Northwest... clouds, flat light, fog... all of these things are a way of life in the mountains. But guess what else? The storm factory in the Pacific provides. All that less than perfect visibility is part of what brings fantastic snow in huge amounts to unbelievable terrain. Storm cycles are the best time to ride, especially at Whistler.
You're right that a day of heavy snow is the best, even if it diminishes visibility.

However, if you're not going to get any snow then the 2nd best day at whistler is a bluebird day - I've had trips to whistler where it's snowed so hard they've only been able to open the high alpine every 2nd or 3rd day, and when it was open it was epic. I've also had pretty long stretches of temperature inversions and blue skies but no fresh, and those days are great as well.

The worst days are when there's no new snow and visibility is like 10 feet. All pain and no gain.
03-31-2014 11:20 PM
destroy
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Awesome pics, love the second last photo, coming down near surfs up?
Read the post!

None of those are mine. Just pulled 'em off the Googles.
03-31-2014 07:13 AM
kwillo
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Originally Posted by destroy View Post
I always find it interesting what certain people's definitions of "good weather" is.

Up here in the the Pacific Northwet, I mean Northwest... clouds, flat light, fog... all of these things are a way of life in the mountains. But guess what else? The storm factory in the Pacific provides. All that less than perfect visibility is part of what brings fantastic snow in huge amounts to unbelievable terrain. Storm cycles are the best time to ride, especially at Whistler.

Today it was foggy and a little snow fell. When we weren't riding trees, we were rocking the glacier out here:

(not my photos, obvz)















There was hardly anyone on the mountain at all. We shredded some fantastic glades. Even though it only snowed a few inches overnight, we had big turns on steeeep terrain that had hardly any tracks, and so much sluff it filled any in. I would have never tried hucking a certain cliff that neachdanin showed me in here if it had been a good stretch full of sunny and bluebird days. I have the first bruise I've had in a very long time (I don't bruise easily at all) on my shoulder. After going a little bigger than I had planned and coming over the cliff to see I was headed straight for my partner (with camera in hand) I took a board edge hard to the shoulder as we both went tumbling... oooph!

Most people who come to Whistler with riding as their primary concern, come in search of deep fresh snow, and the vast amount of world class quality terrain. A lot of those people get poor luck and miss the storm cycles that blow through this part of the world so often during most of the year and bring so much great snow here during the winter... sometimes they get lucky. It's nice to enjoy the mountain on a beautiful day, but days like today - this is why I ride! Even losing my iPhone for the first time ever didn't ruin the day.

Glad you enjoyed your time though, Oldman. Not many places like this. I wish I could get out more often and show some of you folks around when you're coming through, it's definitely a crazy place!
Awesome pics, love the second last photo, coming down near surfs up?
03-31-2014 12:50 AM
F1EA All i can say is: i got a mint never used bright light Smith IOX lens for sale. Goin' cheap
03-31-2014 12:30 AM
destroy I always find it interesting what certain people's definitions of "good weather" is.

Up here in the the Pacific Northwet, I mean Northwest... clouds, flat light, fog... all of these things are a way of life in the mountains. But guess what else? The storm factory in the Pacific provides. All that less than perfect visibility is part of what brings fantastic snow in huge amounts to unbelievable terrain. Storm cycles are the best time to ride, especially at Whistler.

Today it was foggy and a little snow fell. When we weren't riding trees, we were rocking the glacier out here:

(not my photos, obvz)















There was hardly anyone on the mountain at all. We shredded some fantastic glades. Even though it only snowed a few inches overnight, we had big turns on steeeep terrain that had hardly any tracks, and so much sluff it filled any in. I would have never tried hucking a certain cliff that neachdanin showed me in here if it had been a good stretch full of sunny and bluebird days. I have the first bruise I've had in a very long time (I don't bruise easily at all) on my shoulder. After going a little bigger than I had planned and coming over the cliff to see I was headed straight for my partner (with camera in hand) I took a board edge hard to the shoulder as we both went tumbling... oooph!

Most people who come to Whistler with riding as their primary concern, come in search of deep fresh snow, and the vast amount of world class quality terrain. A lot of those people get poor luck and miss the storm cycles that blow through this part of the world so often during most of the year and bring so much great snow here during the winter... sometimes they get lucky. It's nice to enjoy the mountain on a beautiful day, but days like today - this is why I ride! Even losing my iPhone for the first time ever didn't ruin the day.

Glad you enjoyed your time though, Oldman. Not many places like this. I wish I could get out more often and show some of you folks around when you're coming through, it's definitely a crazy place!
03-29-2014 02:14 PM
SnowDogWax As Chomps said beautifully written was a thrill just to read thanks for sharing….
03-29-2014 01:52 PM
chomps1211 Beautifully written review of what sounds like an "epic" four days!
03-29-2014 12:35 PM
F1EA

Having a "guide" on your first trip is absolutely priceless. The thing is huge and if you go at it solo, curiosity can work against you and not let you get the A+ experience. Also, it's really difficult to follow the trails, half the time you don't know where you are or where to go unless you've been a couple times.

Harmony is awesome. Really, i could spend all day there. Also the Tbars are no big deal... even if you screw up, the consequence is mostly embarrassing rather than painful.

Another recommendation to first time goers is: fitness.
Be fit. No ifs about it, i've paid the price. The mountain is huge, challenging terrain and long runs works you out and the day is short, so not much time to sit and rest.
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