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Zee 11-27-2008 09:05 AM

Regional: Western Canada
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legallyillegal 12-10-2008 06:58 PM

Mount Seymour News:

December 13, 2008

Rome Pre-Jib is a GO!


Views of the local North Shore mountains today confirm that the ski season is not far away. With over 15cm of snow over the past 24 hours and more snow in the forecast, Mt Seymour Resort is eager in its final preparations to open once sufficient snow levels are reached. As the anticipation grows, satisfaction can be assured through a few great events guaranteed to happen this weekend whether the resort is able to officially open or not. Check the website or call the snowphone at 604-986-2261 for daily updates.

Thanks to Mother Nature thus far, we have enough of the pristine white stuff to host The Rome SDS 5th Annual Premature Jibulation event this coming Saturday, December 13th. A great spectator affair, the Rome Pre-Jib is an open jib event for local shredders to get excited and warmed up before the official start to the season. Check out event details below.

Both Saturday from 9am - 4pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, the resort's Elevations 1020m Restaurant will be open to the public. Stop by for lunch and a beverage as you check out the Rome SDS event or if you're simply interested in seeing our winter wonderland with spectacular views of the city. The expected weather forecast for this weekend of clear cool skies mean some of the best viewing experiences to be had. Be sure to bring your camera!

Also this Saturday, the Snowshoe Adventure Centre will be offering their Discovery Snowshoe Tour at 1:30pm. This two hour tour explores the magic of the snowy forest trails as you learn about the wonders of nature from your interpretive snowshoe guide. There is no need to pre-book, just show up at least 15 minutes before to get setup. The tour is open to all abilities and the fee includes snowshoe rentals, your guide, trail pass and a hot beverage. Visit our website for more tour details.

For those eager to strap on the skis or boards and ride the lifts, stay tuned! Once we have enough snow we will be opening. Keep a daily watch on the website or call our snowphone for details. See you on the snow!

The Rome Premature Jibulation is an open event for local shreds aimed to kick off the season. This event has been running for years up at Seymour and is the perfect way to kick off the season. Regardless of whether we are officially open this weekend or not, our terrain park staff are busy setting up a temporary park for all you shreds out there.

So head on up to the mountain on Saturday and get your snowboarding fix. We'll have the Elevations Restaurant and Bar open, music playing all day and the best features available.

Free entry, girls and guys divisions and registration at 9.30am in Elevations. Warm up starts at 10.30 and the competition will run from 11.30. If you are under 19 you need to bring your parent/guardian with you to sign the waiver. There are free hot dogs for competitors, and a product toss for all. Great prizes to be won.

This is a great local event, don't miss out!

legallyillegal 01-09-2009 01:18 AM

Pique newsmagazine| Whistler, CANADA

Snow groomer caught in Whistler avalanche
Operator sustained minor injuries; avalanche danger remains extreme

A snow grooming machine was caught in an avalanche on Whistler Mountain early Thursday morning, showing that the weak snowpack remains despite warmer temperatures.

The driver of the snowcat sustained minor injuries from broken glass that cut his hand.

The machine was operating on Pika’s Traverse when the slide occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a release from Whistler Blackcomb. The slide pushed the snow groomer sideways approximately 100 metres down the side of the run.

Whistler Blackcomb says extensive avalanche control had taken place in the area during the day on Wednesday, Jan. 7. Other machines had been working in the area Wednesday afternoon and through the evening before the slide occurred.

While that terrain has been designated as “Closed” to all skiers and snowboarders since Jan. 1, the groomers had gained approval from the avalanche control team to work on the access road.

The operator was instructed to stay in the machine until patrol arrived. The operator, accompanied by ski patrol, walked out from the avalanche site on snowshoes, before being transported down the mountain to the Whistler Health Care Centre.

Whistler Blackcomb says the incident is further evidence of the unusual snowpack this winter. A deep-seated instability has left the snowpack prone to avalanches in areas that would not normally be affected.

Warmer temperatures and periods of rain on Wednesday may eventually help stabilize the snowpack in some areas, but as of Thursday afternoon the avalanche danger rating remained “extreme” in the alpine and treeline areas, and “considerable” below treeline.

The forecast for Friday is for the freezing level to drop to near the valley bottom and for 2-5 cm of new snow. More snow is expected Saturday.

Avalanche control teams will continue to review all aspects of their work, recording where slides are triggered from explosive testing, and pinpointing areas that are not sliding, to understand daily and weekly what is happening on the mountains.

Patrollers are working on the terrain systematically and are utilizing more explosives. There will continue to be inbounds areas designated as “Closed” and Whistler Blackcomb urges all skiers and snowboarders to heed all on-mountain signage. Anyone caught entering into a “Closed” area will face the consequences of losing their mountain access privileges at Whistler Blackcomb for one full year.

sushicat 01-29-2009 06:05 PM

What is the weather in Whistler like right now?
I'm going to be there this weekend. Is it arctic like cold or is it similar to Colorado mountains? I'm planning on taking gear to be ready for anything but if someone could help me out I'd appreciate it.


legallyillegal 01-29-2009 06:40 PM

it's around freezing in the village, and supposed to remain around there for the weekend

fresh snow is forecasted

mag⋅net⋅ism 02-05-2009 01:26 PM

Anybody heading to Whistler this weekend?? I'm heading up there and I'm looking for a pal to ride with. Anyone? Beuller?

legallyillegal 02-14-2009 03:02 AM

another week, another high pressure system to keep everything away

great for skiers with 150cm skis who complain that the powder isn't groomed enough

mijinkal 02-14-2009 10:26 PM

Fawk, This season sucks monkey balls so far. Where's the powda!!??

markee 02-16-2009 10:49 PM

Was up at Whistler today. Hardpack. Ice in the shade. The creek line at Symphony is good enough to ride; just watch out for the holes and dont lose your speed.

I'll be on the hill (Whistler) wed-fri spending reading break at the best place on earth regardless of snow conditions.

mag⋅net⋅ism 02-17-2009 10:27 AM

T-minus 4 days until I take off to the Interior... shit-fuck-damn I hope there's snow!

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