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I ride the east coast. Dont know what this freezing level shit is all about. It either rains or snows.

I am honestly thinking of canceling since its going to be raining. Dont want to waste a ton of money on shit conditions.

I dont know the mountain nor where I will be riding on the mountain. Just dont want to ride in rain.
 
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You clearly didn't go to the link I put. You don't even deserve to go, let me go for you.
First off I went to the link ok, so I am already a little T'd off about the whole situation. So please refrain from your NON funny jokes.


I just dont know what levels I will be riding at on the mountain or how the lifts work. I dont know shit basically and its pissing me off, lol, and to boot it looks like shit conditions. I dont even know how to get to the alpine where it will be snow and how much rain I will have to go through. Mother nature is such a bitch............FML
 

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disclaimer: My only formal education about weather was in 6th grade.
Freezing level means that at that elevation and higher, the air temperature will remain below freezing. So if the freezing level is around 1200m (which is forecasted for one of the days next week), elevations above 1200m will stay below freezing. Whistler village is at 675m and the top of the mountain is about 2200m. At Whistler, it takes about 3 lifts to get to the top of the mountain. So you may be able to take the top lift repeatedly and stay on the good snow. Sometimes you can even stay above the clouds. But keep in mind that just because freezing levels are at 1200m does not mean that it can't rain above that elevation. Also, if it's warm, radiation from the sun can cause it to melt. Freezing level reflects air temperature and is a good approximation for understanding what snow conditions will be like, but it doesn't tell you everything.

Also there's a snow icon that shows that it should snow.
 
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disclaimer: My only formal education about weather was in 6th grade.
Freezing level means that at that elevation and higher, the air temperature will remain below freezing. So if the freezing level is around 1200m (which is forecasted for one of the days next week), elevations above 1200m will stay below freezing. Whistler village is at 675m and the top of the mountain is about 2200m. At Whistler, it takes about 3 lifts to get to the top of the mountain. So you may be able to take the top lift repeatedly and stay on the good snow. Sometimes you can even stay above the clouds.

Also there's a snow icon that shows that it should snow.


Thats my whole confusion, I cant tell by the interactive map where the elevation levels are. So I would know then 3/4's of the mountain is rain the tip is snow......
 
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Are you dumb? That website is FOR ski resorts and I selected Whistler Blackcomb for you and it's suppose to be snowing.
Not technically, it could rain on half the mountain and snow at just the top.....
 

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Thats my whole confusion, I cant tell by the interactive map where the elevation levels are. So I would know then 3/4's of the mountain is rain the tip is snow......
Approximating that the lifts run for the same length, and it takes 3 to get to the top, each one takes you up about 500m. You can probably guesstimate elevation levels from there.

And I don't know where you rode on the east coast, but where I was -- a single top-to-bottom run was still shorter than a single lift at Whistler. Still lots of good terrain even if you're only riding on part of the mountain.
 
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Approximating that the lifts run for the same length, and it takes 3 to get to the top, each one takes you up about 500m. You can probably guesstimate elevation levels from there.

And I don't know where you rode on the east coast, but where I was -- a single top-to-bottom run was still shorter than a single lift at Whistler. Still lots of good terrain even if you're only riding on part of the mountain.

I ride stratton and killington. VT is very different as suppose to lets say PA and or mid NY.
 

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The bottom lifts all finish up around 1200m, theres so much terrain above them its not funny. Go, you wont regret it.
 

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No worries, a quick google image search of 'whistler trail map' will give you all the elevations and everything else. Have fun, hit up Blackcomb glacier for me :)
 

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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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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......
 

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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.
 
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