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Whistler Trip: Two Days to Go!

My 10th trip to Whistler approaches! I’m definitely psyched.

Getting There

This time Sunday morning, I should hopefully be airborne, flying an Air Canada 777 en route to Hong Kong by way of Vancouver. (I chose that flight because as an Air Canada Elite member, I had a decent shot at upgrading to one of their Executive suites. Alas, I have been waitlisted.) In Vancouver, I’ll hook up with my brother, who is arriving an hour earlier via WestJet.

We’ll have a couple of hours to kill before the next Perimeter Bus to Whistler, so it’s likely we’ll have a beer or three. My cousin, who operates the best burger restaurant in Vancouver, is going to pop by to say hello.

Staying There

Despite now having visited 10 times, I’ve only stayed in a hotel twice: once at the Listel hotel and once at the Mountainside Lodge. The rest of the time I have rented condos or houses. This time, however, I’m staying at the Hilton Whistler, and I’m definitely excited to check it out. We’ve got a suite, so we should have plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Riding There

As I’ve mentioned, conditions look off the hook for early season! They’ve had more than eight feet of snow this season already, with more than 4,300 acres already opened. Most of my favourite non-bowl areas (Garbonzo area on Whistler, Crystal Chair on Blackcomb) are now open. Another 50-80 cm are expected tomorrow and Sunday. So this has the potential to turn into an epic couple of days of riding. (There’s also the risk that conditions will be crazy and zero visibility. I’m praying that’s not the case.)

You can be sure that once the trip has concluded, there will be a full report! I’ll also update my Guide to Whistler, which I’ve maintained since 2006.


  1. I’d say you’re in for a pretty good couple of days. Looks like the forecast has it clearing up for Monday and Tuesday. Come prepared for anything though, the forecasts are often wildly wrong at this time of year.
    Depending on the timing of the snow it might be worth you doing Fresh Tracks on the Monday if the snow comes later on Sunday than they are expecting. I’m heading up from Vancouver tomorrow morning for my first turns of the season. Have a good trip!

    Posted by David Hayes | November 25, 2011, 5:25 pm
  2. Thanks David. I’m thinking Fresh Tracks for sure. Really jazzed. My only (slight) concern is the bus not making it up. 🙂


    Posted by Adam | November 25, 2011, 5:27 pm
  3. SO! What did you think?

    We had a great early season here in BC but it’s lightened off the past week and a half with no snow 🙁 It’s looking good in the forecast though!

    I had a couple of epic nights up at Cypress already.

    Let us know how your trip was 🙂

    Posted by VancityAllie | December 12, 2011, 8:22 pm
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    Posted by Ryan Kealey | December 14, 2011, 10:36 pm
  5. I love Whistler…one of my favorite places to board! You guys should do a write up on Big White as well!

    Posted by Snowboard | December 20, 2011, 6:31 pm
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