Whistler Blackcomb BC, Report: Bluebird Skies & Snow in the Forecast

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Skinning up the cat-track on Seventh Heaven. Photo: Peter Craigen

Report From December 15, 2019

58 cm of snow has fallen this season in Whistler, BC. In the past week, 16 new cm has fallen and the alpine is slowly but surely filling in. However, not much has changed since last week in terms of skiable terrain. 12 of 26 lifts are spinning with 14 of 240 trails open. Some folks are reporting better coverage on Whistler than Blackcomb but overall the difference is marginal at best.

This weekend we decided to go for a tour off Blackcomb in search of some better snow high up. We found some great blower pow above 2,000M with a few rocky hazards to navigate. Snow quality was impeccable although very few lines are really filled in enough to avoid hitting rocks. Ultimately, there is lots of fun to be had, but it depends on how much you like your skis.

Skin Track Whistler Blackcomb
Mike Waesche skinning down, over, and around. Photo: Peter Craigen.

Although it is easy to complain about the lack of snow, any day in the mountains is a good one. It is hard to beat the views in the Spearhead Range. With unlimited visibility, it made for a great scouting day to get a sense of how everything is filling in. When we got to the top of East Col, we got our first views of the season of peaks like Decker, Trorey. Pattison, and Tremor.

East Col
Standing on the top of East Col gave us some great views of the Spearhead Range.
Still searching for snow. Photo: Peter Craigen

Hazards like bergschrunds and crevasses are very prominent at this point in the season. I would advise extreme caution for anyone venturing out of bounds especially on days with low visibility.

Tight turns in a low tide couloir. Zanny Venner making it look easy. Photo: Peter Craigen
Slashing some high-quality pow above 2000m. Photo: Peter Wojnar
RMU Blackcomb
After a long day of walking, it was only natural to head over to RMU Blackcomb for a pint and some food. Photo: Kirill Kokorin


2019/2020 Snowfall Totals

Everyone is crossing their fingers these numbers will grow. Credit: https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/mountain-conditions/snow-and-weather-report.aspx

5 Day Forecast

Snow Forecast
Whistler Blackcomb’s 5 day forecast for 1480m. Looks like a system is sure to roll in. Hopefully these numbers translate into reality.  Credit https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Whistler-Blackcomb/6day/mid
The park is shaping up slowly. This quad kink rail is a nice addition. Photo: Peter Craigen
Driving into Squamish. Although the Chief is bare, Mt. Atwell was starting to look good. Photo: Angus Nelson
Whistler Blackcomb Snow Guns
Whistler Blackcomb operations are working hard to make the lower mountain skiable. Photo: Peter Craigen
The Excalibur Gondola Mid-station. Photo: Peter Craigen
Snow Guns Whistler BC
Snowmaking on the lower mountain. Photo: Peter Craigen
Saudan Couloir and Chainsaw Ridge are patiently waiting for the next big storm. Photo: Peter Craigen
Looking down into 7th Heaven. Photo: Peter Craigen
Blackcomb Peak
Looking back at Blackcomb Peak. Photo: Peter Craigen
jersey Cream Chairlift
Jersey Cream is still looking thin. Photo: Peter Craigen

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