Up Too Late


Whistler – I want to go to there.

So back in February a co-worker posted this photo up on Facebook.  I asked where it was taken, mistakenly thinking Mammoth, then later realizing it was more likely Canada. He confirmed it:

"Whistler Blackcomb is now the number 1 spot on my list. It's like a magical snowland"

Whistler - a magical snowland (by Darren S.)

I'm always wary of heading out of town to snowboard. You just can't predict when it's going to snow, but plane (and train) tickets are annoyingly non-refundable. We've had good luck up in Oregon (Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Bachelor), but lousy luck in Utah (Snowbasin) and Colorado (Breckenridge and Keystone). Back in February over Presidents Weekend, Tahoe got 7 feet (!) of fresh snow. That Monday we boarded a plane to Colorado, where their base was decent, but their recent snowfall for the week hadn't totalled more than 4 inches. We were there Mon-Sat, and only on Friday was there any significant precipitation - maybe 3-4 inches?

Of course riding on groomers is fine, but when you're paying a ton of money, you kind of want the goods. I keep reading how Whistler's pretty dependable, snow-wise, and in terms of terrain, pretty huge. Also, there's apparently a pretty lively village, and lots of other non-skiing/snowboarding related stuff to do. Sounds good to me.

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