Whistler, B.C. Conditions Report: Alpine Opening

Peter Wentz | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Zack Wilson
Zack Wilson getting some pow over on Peak Chair

This past weekend at Whistler Blackcomb, the alpine opened!  People were very excited to get up and into the upper mountain with some fresh snow and good coverage.  Saturday was when the Alpine opened with Glacier and 7th Heaven running on Blackcomb.  On Whistler Peak and Harmony were open for periods on the weekend.


Looking out towards Decker being pretty filled in.

The snow up high was insanely good, as things looked more covered in certain areas than they were late January of last year.  Heavy snowfall on Thursday and Friday pasted the mountains with a fresh blanket of nice dense snow that covered up a lot of the upper mountain rocks.  Snow line for these storms was just below the Jersey chair, making for some interesting exits out of Spanky’s or any lower mountain zones.


Many people were heading up to the alpine, and for a good reason.
Looking towards upper Disease ridge.  You can see a crown line on the upper left.

As expected the crowds were fairly high on Saturday, but calmed down by Sunday.  On Sunday people started heading to the slack-country, with people flocking towards the Spearhead entrance.  It was awesome to see everyone stoked on winter finally hitting the area.  People were skiing some classic lines, such as DOA and the fingers on Decker.  However, most tracks I saw were more conservative as there were signs of previous avalanche activity.


Some fun was definitely had over the weekend.

The weather has been staying cold since the new snow, keeping the alpine snow soft and fun, even in some more skied out parts of the mountain.  Overall, it was an awesome weekend full of fun shredding.  The alpine is good to go, and with more snow in the forecast winter is going to be fully on up here at Whistler!





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