Whistler Mountain is officilly open, six days early, for the 2011.2012 winter season. Over 2,350 vertical feet of skiing and riding is available from five lifts; Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz Chair. A collection of six jib park features are open at the top of the Emerald Chair. Blackcomb Mountain will be opening on November 24th, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.
Whistler Mountain received 29 cm of snow in the last 48 hours and 55-80cm more is expected by Tuesday. The base at Pig Alley is currently 70cm and rising. With early season conditions it is extra important all mountain signage is obeyed and guests stay within the marked operational boundary. With early season snow-pack, guests should be aware of rocks and other hazards below the snow surface. Mandatory downloading via the Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside Gondola is in effect.
Photos by Emily Serrell / Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,090 centimetres (430 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
Want some video footage of Whistler’s opening weekend conditions? Check out Freeskier Mike Douglas’ [EMBEDDED] video as he documents the days before opening: click here.
For more information, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com