British Columbia was bumping this weekend thanks to the early season opener at Whistler Mountain. The same series of storms we experienced here in the states translated to similar conditions up in B.C., resulting in the mountain mecca opening a whole 5 days earlier than previously scheduled.
The fun began at 8:30am on Saturday the 17th, when the first skiers and snowboarders of the season were loaded onto the lifts and gondolas. In all, there were five options to access the trails, including the Whister Village Gondola and Creekside Gondola in action, along with the Emerald Express, Big Red Express and the Franz Chair lifts spinning. Visitors were graced with over 1800 vertical feet of skiable terrain, providing plenty of space for everyone to stretch it out during their first day back on the slopes. Whistler snowmaking crews were able to utilize both natural snow and the resort’s 220 stat-of-the-art snowguns to open up Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail with an average base of around 35 inches.
At Whistler Mountain, the early bird gets the worm. The first 1,500 guests to upload on either gondola received a free gift that ranged from a delicious hot chocolate, to EDGE Cards, Snow School lessons and items from the resort’s retail shops.
As the weekend concluded, Whistler was still getting hit with fresh snowfall. Over 10 inches dropped during Sunday night, with another 28 inches slated to fall over the next two days. This is big news for Whistler, since their adjoining sister resort, Blackcomb Mountain is scheduled to open on Thursday the 22nd! With a ton of new snow in the forecast, and so much terrain opening up — it’s going to be a big weekend!
Whistler has been killing it with their online video series, “The Wonder Reels”, produced by the masterminds at Sherpas Cinema. They know how to build up the stoke! Episode 2 is currently live, so don’t miss out!