There are not many things that allow for as much reflection as a mountain coming to a close for yet another season. Great times great lines and great friends became the norm around whistler this winter. Yet there is an awakened buzz around the base, as riders dawning triple crowns and shorts flood the scene for the opening of the whistler bike park. But don’t be mistaken, there is still a lot of life left in the winter of this beast.
Despite the fact that its mid may many parts of the alpine still hold their majesty, but as you may expect a small drop in altitude yields a drastic change in landscape. With temperatures ranging from 6C – 10C mid mountain there was rapid melting and gnarly rocks just below the surface. The decision was made early on to lap 7th Heaven all day. We would repeatedly hit “Couloir Extreme” and “Big Bang” down the top part of the face before stopping halfway down for a quick 15 minute hike to a secluded tree run. There was low visibility at times but because of its elevation and lack of tracks the snow behaved like faux pow, so as you could imagine it was pretty sick.
Directly under the face we stayed skiers right and traversed to the area around “The Bite” to make our way to “Jersey Cream” for another lap. As you might expect the mountain was a slush bucket, the snow was super sticky down low, and the cat track to 7th sucked. At the end of the day we managed to ski down to Base II, but it was sketch to say the least. We were riding on 2-3 inches of snow that had been shaped to be the last vein of winter.
Never the less it was an awesome day on the hill and since my first visit to whistler in late November of 2012 the mountain has continued to surprise me with its consistency excellent conditions. If you have not been, make the pilgrimage, because it is truly a magic mountain no matter what time of year.