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03-11-2013 09:51 PM
Karpediem
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Originally Posted by oldmate View Post
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.
03-11-2013 09:33 PM
Rod
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Originally Posted by golfer1659 View Post
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.
03-11-2013 07:16 PM
Jed
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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.
03-11-2013 06:08 PM
oldmate
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Originally Posted by Karpediem View Post
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.
03-11-2013 05:36 PM
Karpediem
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Originally Posted by oldmate View Post
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.
03-11-2013 05:23 PM
oldmate
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Originally Posted by kwillo View Post
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.
03-11-2013 12:07 PM
kwillo 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.
03-11-2013 11:22 AM
kswissreject Just go and have a great time. You never know what you're gonna get with conditions when you take a flight somewhere.

I was in Jackson Hole mid-Feb and it was a great time but the conditions were only so-so, a few inches here or there. But while I love the mountain, it was relatively icey and the conditions reminded me of East Coast snow (somewhat).

I was in Whistler a week or two ago and we got 40 inches of snow mid-mountain and higher in a few days, but it was also raining on the lower mountain/village. I just got lucky with Whistler but not Jackson.

Either way, I loved both, and the amount of varied terrain at Whistler that people mention was awesome. Just go and have fun, you will enjoy it either way. Don't start trip off on a bad/sour note.
03-11-2013 11:16 AM
golfer1659 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......
03-10-2013 01:56 AM
Rod
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Originally Posted by golfer1659 View Post
10 Day Weather Forecast for Whistler Blackcomb - weather.com


Here is the 10 day weather pattern and I will be riding next friday through monday and it calls for rain all week and then rain for the weekend I will be there. Does that mean snow in the mountains??
It's nearly impossible to have a bad time at Whistler. There is just too much terrain at varied elevations. I can't tell you how many times I've been pleasantly surprised after it looked like a sketchy start. That said I can ride for 1/2 the whistler price at most BC resorts so if the cash is your problem take a look at Apex. Big White. Baldy. Silver star, Manning park, Mt Washington, Cypress man. Etc. If I was traveling personally I would like to try Red or Revelstoke or whitewater.
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