Pros Conquer Pre-Season Runs at Whistler Blackcomb

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 10, 2011 6:42 am

Last week, a select few pros took advantage of early powder in the first pre-season runs at Whistler/Blackcomb. The season doesn’t officially start until November 24 but Callum Pettit, Mercedes Nicoll, and Mike Douglas stole the mountains pre-season virginity.

Pettit said, “Being able to ski this early in the season is unbelievable. I can’t wait for Whistler Blackcomb to open”. Videographer Jeff Thomas and photographer Paul Morrison joined the pros to collect footage of the stellar conditions. 

Professionals and regular folk alike can thank La Niña for the premature start to winter in B.C. The weather phenomenon is known to bring on early onslaughts of snow as a result of cooler temperatures and heavier winter precipitation. Last year, La Niña was responsible for an overwhelming 617 inches of snow at Whistler’s Blackcomb, resulting in the second snowiest season in the mountain’s history. Whistler and Blackcomb are adjoining mountains with 3 glaciers that usually get around 430 inches of snow a year to blanket over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, and 16 alpine bowls. The mountains hold bragging rights as the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and offers some unbeatable deals. 

To follow-up the successful pre-season test runs, Whistler Blackcomb wants to remind mountain goers of the “”Early Bird” season passes (which are available until October 10th with savings up to $300 CDN). Canadian and Washington State residents can get EDGE Cards at the early bird price until November 21st with savings up to $20 CDN on single day life tickets. Yet another special allows future guests to get 36% of Whistler Blackcomb vacation if they book by November 15th.

Guests can even download the free Whistler Blackcomb Live, Powered by TELUS app to their smart phones to view weather conditions and trail maps, track runs with GPS, track the total vertical and distance they have travelled and clock their maximum speed. Users can then show off their stats and photos on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t get caught missing out on Whistler Blackbomb this season!