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Old 03-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh man I love beaver... I mean beaver tails. Gotta get one with maple butter and a bit of chocolate sauce!

Anyway thanks for the trip report, it's nice to get an impression of the mountain. Not sure if/when I'll ever get to whistler myself. My brothers from Ontario usually go once a winter, but with Revelstoke and some other massive resorts closer to me, I'd rather convince them to come here instead.
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As an aside, our Whistler trip has brought out the song writer in me. Here's one, sung to the tune of "Rawhide".

Waiting, waiting, waiting,
Though the light's abating,
Keep the hubby waiting,
my bride!

Through makeup, prep and dressing,
with my mind she's messing,
Wishing that she would move her ass.
All the things I'm missing,
To be up there I'm wishing,
Instead, I'm waiting for my bride.

Move your ass, get it done,
Put it on, leave it here,
You look fine, check the time,
my bride,
It's ok, you're not fat,
That'll do, just wear that,
Let's go now, get some pow,
my bride.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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As an aside, our Whistler trip has brought out the song writer in me. Here's one, sung to the tune of "Rawhide".

Waiting, waiting, waiting,
Though the light's abating,
Keep the hubby waiting,
my bride!

Through makeup, prep and dressing,
with my mind she's messing,
Wishing that she would move her ass.
All the things I'm missing,
To be up there I'm wishing,
Instead, I'm waiting for my bride.

Move your ass, get it done,
Put it on, leave it here,
You look fine, check the time,
my bride,
It's ok, you're not fat,
That'll do, just wear that,

Let's go now, get some pow,
my bride.
Holy fuck I just about fell over... You should write more! I'm going to sing this to the girlfriend next time she starts pissing me off.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Went back to the mountain after lunch, and two things: 1) it had started snowing, and 2) the crowds had shredded up the corduroy as hoped. This made for some quite enjoyable afternoon riding. I took my wife up to the top of Whistler Gondola and we did the Pony Trail / Expressway all the way to the bottom. My wife is a snowplow-level skier, so coming down took a good hour. However, she had a blast and I scored some good points for staying with her. I also (and this should make grafta happy) had the time to size up all kinds of side hits and practice various tricks and techniques. I actually learned how to do a sameway on the way down .

Wife went home after the one run, and I had a couple of hours to myself. I went through the trees off Jersey Cream again, and hit Big Easy park again, where I WAY overshot the landing on the first jump. FUCK! I guess the snow was a little quicker than I expected. I thought I'd speed checked enough, but apparently not. Anyway I survived, but I think I'm going to have nightmares tonight. It would seem that the hardest part of learning to do jumps is learning to estimate approach speeds.

Anyway, 4 days of riding is now over. I had a blast and we'll definitely be coming back, but I think only for weekdays. I don't have any personal experience with weekends on Whistler, but I'd imagine they're pretty bad.
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dammit schmitty, now I'm all hungry again!

Tried a Beaver Tail? I hadn't realized they were everywhere here!
Yes I have, but I mostly stick to the dogs...especially at night after some beers, or between lunch and dinner, or....

Funny story about beaver tails from Zogg's....Group of fiends were in Whistler having a great time. One buddy had WAY too much Jamisons at The Doublin's Gate and blacked out. Long story short, we found him at Zogg's yelling at the guys working there that they forgot his Poutine. I looked at the guys and they pointed to his emply plate of poutine with an annoyed shrug. My blacked out buddy then dropped his beaver tail on the sidewalk, chocolate side down. Despite my attempt to stop him, he picked it up and proceded to take a few huge bites of it, thuse eating the gravel and salt used for the ice on the sidewalk that was now coating it....who ever said Whistler isn't fun?

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Here's a small vid of tree-riding near the bottom of Jersey Cream. My first real tree ride.

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Whistler is a big mountain. I'm sure there are bigger ones, this isn't a pissing contest. But if you're used to your local small mountain like I am, it's a bit of a shock.

For starters, next time I'm planning on coming to Whistler, I'll start leg conditioning a month early.

Second, make sure you are comfortable with steep sections and bumpy slopes. Unless you stick to the greenest of greens, pretty much every run on Whistler has at least some tougher sections.

Third, unless you are going to be here a long time, you won't be able to see everything. So decide what you want to do, do it, and don't be disappointed about the stuff you didn't get to. Have a plan, or make the decision to not have any kind of plan and be happy with that.

Getting around... You can go back and forth between Whistler and Blackcomb without a lot of walking, but it's not obvious. From the Blackcomb base, take the Magic chair up, then ride down towards Whistler village by going past Blackcomb Gondola midstation. From Whistler Village, take Blackcomb Gondola to midstation, then ride down the Magic run.

Absolutely go up 7th Heaven at least once, unless it's totally socked in.

However bad the weather at base, if you go up high enough it's nice snow. Of course it gets more crowded because everyone else is doing that, but if you're going to Whistler you've already resigned yourself to crowds

If there's new snow, start early. Whistler lifts start loading before the official starting time, so allow for that. If there's no new snow, start late. What the grooming cats leave behind in the morning feels like highway grooves.

We stayed at a privately owned suite and got an excellent rate. There are lots of these deals to be had. Most of them are in hotels, so if you have doubts you can phone the hotel and verify the ownership of the suite. A lot of them are managed by the hotel, which is even better. There aren't any 'slum' areas in Whistler, so you're not going to end up in a rat-infested hole. Check the address on google maps to make sure you're in or close to the village. There are lots of outlying areas that might be a little sketchier. Bus service is pretty good. Buses used to be free but aren't any more. There's a free shuttle that covers limited areas, but I wouldn't depend on that.

Hm, I'll post more if I think of it, but those are the most important takeaways from my first time.
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You should come to Whistler more often. I'm still in University but I head up every weekend. There's no way I'm goin to Seymour or Cypress after riding Whistler. Also to add on the list to do, ride peak chair on a powder day. You'll get arguably the best terrain inbound and get to watch people jumping off cliffs
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Third, unless you are going to be here a long time, you won't be able to see everything. So decide what you want to do, do it, and don't be disappointed about the stuff you didn't get to. Have a plan, or make the decision to not have any kind of plan and be happy with that.
I think this is a good point to make about any big hill. I've had 7 days at Fernie this year, and can honestly say I've barely touched the hill.

I hit Jay Peak on two separate trips last year, and ended up finding a run I liked so much I pretty much stayed on it the whole time (it starts at the top of the flyer and comes down through a nice blue groomer run, then cuts into the trees for a while, before coming out the bottom of another groomer to head back to the lift). I had a blast even though I really spent no time on the other side of the hill!

One of the good things about finding a run you like is that you can learn where the lips are, where the blind spots are, etc. and really start charging it hard. Before you scout a run it's pretty dangerous to bomb all over the hill.
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Also to add on the list to do, ride peak chair on a powder day. You'll get arguably the best terrain inbound and get to watch people jumping off cliffs
Agreed. The peak chair itself is even fun to ride. Towards the top when the cliffs get steep, its actually a pretty intense ride sitting on a little chair, attached to nothing, dangling above a sheer rock face.
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