Pacific NW/AK/BC 2018-2019

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by noncrazycanuck, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    Time to start thinking about it

    official opening day for Whistler and Blackcomb is Nov 22
    this year Whistler instead of Blackcomb runs to end of May.

    new this year
    Blackcomb
    - new 10 passenger gondola base to adjacent Peak to Peak
    mid station of same is fairly close to the old Wizzard/Solar Coaster exchange point
    - and the last of the old slow original chairs Catskinner has been replaced with a high speed quad

    Whistler
    Emerald has been upgraded to a six seater

    these improvements will reduce some wait times and help spread the traffic out on the hill more but for the most part they are in intermediate terrain or family zones and only involved minor changes with base and top locations, no new terrain.

    the pineapple express in it's usual early November mode so not a lot on hill yet, but it comes fast here. .

    have a good season hope to ski with some of you this year
     
    mcpowell and dbostedo like this.
  2. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Posts:
    572
    Location:
    Bellingham
    Let me know when you're down to Baker. I'd love to make some turns again. I probably won't be making it to W/B this season because I'm heading out on an extended trip into eastern WA, ID, and MT in January and I'll probably hunker for the rest of the season.
     
    noncrazycanuck likes this.
  3. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    will do. We always ski Baker a few times each year.
    last season's assembling of 19 guys from our old Baker crowd at Glacier may also become an annual event .
     
  4. Mike Rogers

    Mike Rogers Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2017
    Posts:
    402
    Location:
    Calgary
    How do you feel about the change? I haven't skied Whistler in the spring, so I can't compare.
     
  5. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    happy.
    I always prefer Whistler to Blackcomb - as long as the Peak is open
    a lot of my favorite routes start off Peak

    find Blackcomb,has more limited options late spring over cornice concerns .
    but both have decent snow well into May in the Alpine on some aspects so either way it's not a hardship
     
    Mike Rogers likes this.


  6. Seldomski

    Seldomski Paralysis by analysis Skier

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2017
    Posts:
    775
    @noncrazycanuck : Why are they keeping Whistler open late instead of Blackcomb? Is there a specific reason, or do they mix it up every few years?
     
  7. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    they used to alternate years ago although I would not be surprised if its because of more development on Blackcomb starting next spring.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
    Seldomski likes this.
  8. Tom Co.

    Tom Co. quickfoot Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2016
    Posts:
    111
    Location:
    Seattle
    Finally blowing snow at Crystal. The freezing level is going up so I hope it doesn't all melt.

    Image 11-8-18 at 8.47 AM.jpg
     
    Eddie S likes this.
  9. wutangclan

    wutangclan Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2017
    Posts:
    121
    Interesting ... I see this confirmed on the WB hours of operation page, is there any more info on why this is happening? Being primarily a Whistler skier, I welcome this, but I also enjoyed being forced to explore Blackcomb. Spring skiing at WB is awesome ... I would usually buy the unlimited spring pass and park myself up in Whistler for several weeks at a time, holed up in a cheap hostel for $30/night. Unfortunately though, the spring pass has changed substantially (double the price, only 10 days) under the Vail regime.
     
  10. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    i am only guessing but there are some big plans for Base 2 area ,so if they are starting there would not be as much free parking adjacent the mid load this spring.

    I also always added that spring deal onto an edge card- but now i'm an oldie my season pass really isn't much more.

    however I'm quite willing to swap dollars for years with you, if you can make it happen
     
  11. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    Whistler, 10 days to opening but currently not much snow.
    They report 19cm base and it's all mid up, still green in valley.
    There are some snow days expected this week and cool enough to use all the snow guns but no big dumps in short term forecast .
    It's starting to look like man made groomers are on the menu for your Thanksgiving. I wouldn't hurry to get here.
     
  12. wutangclan

    wutangclan Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2017
    Posts:
    121
    One can reliably extrapolate from Vancouver’s North Shore what Whistler will be like up to mid-mountain. Here’s the view right now from my window. Bone dry.

    CC061265-58B6-4FAC-A48F-9AB33FA440EC.jpeg
     
  13. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    at least there is a small bit of white on them now.
    Whistler got another 11 cm, not much. Good thing they have all that snow making capacity.
    Sun Peaks plans to open tomorrow probably in similar conditions.
     
  14. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    Silver Star (Okanogan) has now delayed their planned downhill opening but crosscountry trail are open.
    Whistler opens Thursday with a just enough in forecast to add to the misery but dry again next week
    Looking grim in this region for a while .
     
  15. wutangclan

    wutangclan Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2017
    Posts:
    121
  16. wutangclan

    wutangclan Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2017
    Posts:
    121
  17. David Chaus

    David Chaus If I am skiing the world is a perfect place. Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    2,089
    Location:
    Stanwood, WA
    It looks like snow is starting (for real this time) today in the Cascades. Current forecast calls for snow increasing tonight and to continue Thursday and Friday, pick up again on Monday with snow showers all next week.

    It’s about freaking time.....
     
  18. David Chaus

    David Chaus If I am skiing the world is a perfect place. Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    2,089
    Location:
    Stanwood, WA
    Crystal Mt opened today, Discovery and Chinook Express, beginner and intermediate terrain only. Looks like they’ve been doing a lot of snowmaking, and they got 7” since yesterday.

    Sadly, I have post-Thanksgiving crap to do and will have to wait.
     
  19. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    Pineapple express is in full bloom. Only serious snow falling is in the Alpine at Whistler - and it's closed
    looks like November is going to be a wash out. What is open is not very interesting.
    Drove Vancouver to Calgary on Saturday and did not see much in the valleys anywhere.
    hope this current wet weather on the coast at least results in a some more snow for the interior.
     
  20. Thread Starter
    TS
    noncrazycanuck

    noncrazycanuck Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2017
    Posts:
    483
    Whistler - first of the alpine chairs to open
    will be nice snow above Roundhouse with plenty of hidden surprises.
    still very limited ops.
     

Share This Page


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice