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Moosehead
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Sad to say the new DWL Spot lost out to a spontaneous boys ski trip to Whistler next month. Yea, bad move on my part, but couldn't turn down a hall pass this good seeing as how last time something like this happened was well before family.

Sooooo, other than going during the summer, any suggestions from the BC crowd for ski, back country ski, event tickets, libations, Vancouver options, etc? We don't get out much and therefore are easily amused.
 

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Like Big-Ted said.....bring snow. Whistler might be OK, but the local mountains (Cypress) where they are holding all the freestyle events are in trouble. They are actually pushing any remaining snow UP the mountain (colder) and covering it with tarps in hopes they will have enough for the events to bring down later.
I would personally take the Spot any day over a trip to Vancouver during the Owelympics...

Just my local .02

Buzz
 

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Snow is all right in Whistler.
There will be absolutely no one on the slopes if one is to believe my employer, WB.

I am personally hoping for an epic snow month in February and knowing everybody in the lift lines because that is all the people that will be here! That and hoping for at least 3 to 4 days of work a week to stay afloat this winter.

There will also be absolutely no public parking. So, make sure you actually have a privately owned parking spot to park a car. Otherwise bus is your only option. The other issue once you get to Whistler, if you are driving, is that you will only be walking and/or using the bus system within Whistler. Did I mention there is no public parking at all?

As for skiing. This is a really big place. People ***** about conditions but it is what you make it. There are always zones on the mountains that good conditions can be found.
As for backcountry make sure you know what you are doing and have the right gear. The 'slackcountry' is easily accessed from both Whistler and Blackcomb but don't let that fool you into thinking it will be safe. Every year there is always one or more deaths because people think that they don't need the gear or need to know where they are going because they are just going a short distance beyond the ski area boundary.

Oh, and with the Olympics being in Whistler and Vancouver it is quickly turning these places into a Fascist State. All hail the IOC, VANOC and the ISU!
Don't say anything inflammatory about the Olympics in public near an ISU agent! No questions need be asked to have you detained. Civil liberties have been suspended until after the Olympics.

Greetings from some one who believes that Whistler locals will be needing soon to carry 'proper' ID to get around in town.
 

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Local's report from last weekend:

"Whistler had yet another off the hook weekend. It SUPER PUKED Thursday night. 70cms of fine coastal snow. I didn't get to ski it but from watching some of Athans helmet cam video it looked epic. Only one lift in the whole Whistler Blackcomb arsenal spun, Solar Coaster. Avy control on Whistler side was hairball they made the fresh track people down load.

With all that fresh snow and no lifts running everyone from a billion square mile radius made the drive for powder. We went against our usual judgment and went Whislter on a weekend, the normal rule is Blackcomb on weekends and Whistler on a midweek pow day when playing hooky from work. Our timing actually worked out well. We got into the Harmony line after a few laps and had a rather short wait. After the previous days spooky avy conditions nobody expected an early alpine opening. With a good drop in the temps overnight the coastal snow got hit with the magic safety wand and went bomber. Patrol cracked the lifts about 9:45. We got first tracks down Boomer Bowl into Gun Barrels. It was deep and sweet. This lap took 15 minutes, and we were back on the lift before the hordes gathered. Back up and did the bomb drop off the cornice into the one of the Horeshoes and got another tasty fresh lap. Now is when we realized that everyone from a billion miles around was in Whistler. It took 45 minutes to get back around to the top. With lines growing we decided to head over to Peak and make our way to Khyber Pass.

While in line for Peak we heard they shut down Red chair for maintenance issues. Our original plan was to ski Khybers load back up, eat lunch on the Peak to Peak and head back over to our beloved Blackcomb. After some nipple deep turns in the trees and some very dense snow low down we reloaded Creekside to go up. With Red closed we made our way towards Garbo and Midstation. Holly **** balls long lines, plan b ski to village and upload via Whistler Gondola. Holly **** balls long line. Plan c upload Excalibur. Get to Excelerator, holly **** balls long line. See a pattern here. Skied the now tracked out Saphire a couple times. Called it a day.

Sunday morning rolls around check the snow phone to 11cms of new and supposed rising temps in the afternoon and strong winds. Once you've spent some time at skiing W/B you learn that "10-15 cm" can ski FNKA. That small amount of snow on good steep lines is awesome. Factor in wind loading and the fact that the snow plot notoriously has less than the alpine and it's all good. The other part of skiing Blackcomb is the "what lift to the goods" game. Do you go Crystal in hopes that the alpine lifts are going to be on hold for awhile and get some CBC or Fraggle goods in the trees. Or do you play 7th Heaven vs Glacier / T-Bars to get Chainsaw. We picked Crystal thinking the high winds would have loaded much of the alpine pockets and patrol would need time to clean em out. FAIL. As we were part way up the rickety slow Crystal we look over to see Glacier loading. ****. Get off at the top and make a b-line down to Glacier. As the first wave has cleared thru put the pow hounds from the front of the line have not made it back down we are picking our b-roll stashes thinking the a-roll is just been trashed. Get to the top swing over toward the Spankys line because we need to traverse that way any way. Just as we roll up to 10 people in front of us everyone starts grabbing skis and getting ready to hike. Patrol has just give the word it's clear. Jackpot, no waiting time and no massive line ahead of us. We sprint up the boot pack and head toward Ruby with only one person and the patrol ahead of us. WOW was it good. The "11 cms" and wind had filled in and smoothed it over into a perfect velvet of mach looney turns down the bowl. No face shots but damn good untracked goodness. So good we go back for another on the next lap. Next up was a "I wonder how badly Chainsaw has been hit" turns out it had barely been touched. Due to high winds and low viz it had barely been touched all morning. Game on. Once, twice, thrice, and more more more. BIG bomb drop off the cornice into Bush Rat yielded some waist deep wind blown blower. By lap three or four it seemed that word got out it was good. The tourons stuck down the gut and the hardcores sent everything.

Legs spent. Great weekend of powder. Thank you Ullr. I hope my sharing of stoke sends some powder to the rest of the collective."


Edit: I actually appreciate the cha dood beta chasing lines, but highlighted red for the ADD crowd.
 

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Terrain is the Star

No new snow, and tough conditions lower mountain, but the high alpine at Blackcomb and Whistler is killer. Olympics were just icing on the cake. Torn between Canada or USA for hockey gold. A big thanks to the Canadians who are tremendous hosts.
 

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Nice pics Moose! I have to get to Whistler - never been Summer or winter - here is a pic of my 9 yr old meeting the Flying Tomato on Monday in NYC..cool guy - he signed their helmets and gave them autographed posters...

 

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moosehead said:
No new snow, and tough conditions lower mountain, but the high alpine at Blackcomb and Whistler is killer. Olympics were just icing on the cake. Torn between Canada or USA for hockey gold. A big thanks to the Canadians who are tremendous hosts.
Still doesn't look as good as those pics of you out at Steamboat earlier..... ;)
 
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