Whistler, B.C. Conditions Report: Storm Skiing and Holiday Fun

Peter Wentz | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Getting waist deep in the trees near Harmony after a nice storm cycle.

The biggest storm of the winter so far just rolled through Whistler dropping over 70cm over the last week.  It really felt like winter up in the mountains this weekend as the storm came in and freshened up and filled in much of the terrain.  The storm made for some awesome skiing conditions with powder in most areas in the morning, and terrain getting skied off later in the day.  Even later though it was still really good soft, chopped up snow due to constant cold temperatures up high.  Depending on the wind there would be some ice patches here and there, however this also made for some nice wind loaded powder spots as well.  Just be careful if you head into the backcountry as these wind loaded slopes are likely to want to slide on you.

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Storm skiing made for some difficult visibility on Saturday. This is the view looking towards the back side of Harmony from Symphony.

There were a fair amount of crowds due to both the largest storm of the season, so far, coming in and because many people were up for the holidays.  We can expect the crowds to keep up even through the weekdays for this upcoming Christmas week.  This is alright though as Whistler has been doing a good job of opening up upper mountain terrain fairly quickly and keeping the crowds spread out.  If there is new snow and ski patrol is bombing, remember that Blackcomb alpine lifts normally open earlier than Whistler.

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The snow allowed for some fresh lines to be had over the weekend

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and is having a good season so far!  Excited that winter is fully here and that some more snow is on its way.



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