Whistler Conditions Report: Sunny Days

Peter Wentz | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report
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Young Lupton getting some air on the dialed Black Park hits.

Over the last week the sun has been shining down on Whistler Blackcomb.  It has made it possible to go deep in the alpine, go shred some soft spring snow in the sun on resort, or hit up the park.  As long as you played it smart and stayed away from the shaded skied out areas you were bound to have a sunny, fun time.

Sunny Steep
Sunny and steep terrain such as this zone from last week have been fun late in the day.

I spent most of the last week going to Blackcomb.  The groomers were super-fast and smooth in the morning, so I would start the day with a few laps on 7th Heaven or Glacier.  I have not spent much time laying in hard groomer turns before, but it was surprisingly exhilarating and tiring.

Down low skiing is like late April or May.

Following a few of these laps, my legs would be warm and the snow would start to soften up.  In the afternoon I went to the park to watch the guys throw down on the jumps and rails they have set up.  The park was pretty perfect as the sun did not turn the lips of the jumps into super mushy snow, but softened things up just a bit.

Ventured a run over by Spankey’s and in some of the steep and shaded areas their is wintery snow. Other sections are a little less than ideal though.

After a few days of riding park, I decided to try to ski some mountain in the afternoon.  Couloir Extreme had been staring me down every park lap, so I decided to try riding the far skier’s right side of it which was in the sun all day.  Turns out the snow was perfect slush by the late afternoon, and made for some rip-able, fast, and smooth skiing.

The next couple days are calling for clouds, but after that it seems like the sun will be back for a while.



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