And more throughout today… winter has arrived in full force – its going to be a great season!
Momentum is building for Blackcomb Mountain’s opening day on Thursday, November 24. Come and celebrate the start of the winter season with a Winter Kick-off Concert at the Olympic Plaza and much more.
152cm / 59″ of powder in the last 7 days! Whistler Blackcomb has consistently received above average snowfall this season bringing our mountains to a total of 1346cm so far this season. This officially surpasses the average annual snowfall (1,025, 404 inches) with two months remaining in the ski/snowboard season.
“Each day over the past week I’ve been overhearing friends and guests’ claiming ‘this was the best day ever,’ as they describe their day at Whistler Blackcomb; claims that are immediately trumped the next day with the new ‘best day ever’ claim,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “And they’re right. Whistler Blackcomb has seen an incredible storm cycles this season. Couple this with our operations crews efforts; grooming 1,000 fresh acres each night and patrol working hard to open alpine lifts as early as possible after each dump of snow, it’s an incredible time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”
Whistler Blackcomb Snow Statistics
• February 2011 saw 209cm (82 inches) of snow, surpassing the average snowfall for the month of February of 156cm (61 inches).
• Last season was the second snowiest season on record for Whistler Blackcomb with 1,494cm (588 inches).
• Whistler Blackcomb has one of the longest ski/snowboard seasons in North America, with operations on Blackcomb Mountain extending to May 23.
• The event line-up at Whistler Blackcomb continues all season long with the infamous World Ski and Snowboard Festival taking place April 15-24.
Photo Credit – Chad Chomlack
Whistler Blackcomb has received the best start to the season anyone could ask for receiving 250cm in 7 days. Opening 12 days ahead of schedule skiers and riders have been up on Whistler Mountain all week enjoying the bottomless powder!
Consistently Ranked the No.1 Ski Resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb has more terrain than anywhere else in North America with 8.171 acres. During Games time, Whistler Blackcomb will be over 90 per cent open for skiers and riders to enjoy. That’s still more terrain than any other ski resort in North America!
Facts & Stats | Whistler Blackcomb Combined
Average Snowfall: 397 inches/33 feet/10.09 metres per year
Total Terrain: 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares
Trails: 200 +
Longitude/Latitude: 50° latitude, 122° longitude
Mountain Restaurants: 17 with a total of 6,540 restaurant seats
Highest Lift Accessed Elevation: 2,284 metres/7,494 feet
Whistler Village Elevation: 675 metres/2,214 feet
Creekside Base Elevation: 653 metres/2140 feet
Number of Lifts: 38
Hourly Lift Capacity: 65,507 skiers per hour
Excitement is building in Whistler with over 70cm of snow falling in the last seven days! Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s number 1 ski resort, will OPEN THIS SATURDAY – November 14, 2009, almost 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
With an additional 65 centimetres of snow expected to fall before Saturday and more in the forecast, it is shaping up to be one of our best seasons yet.
Update from Whistler Blackcomb – SKIING & RIDING CONTINUES ON WHISTLER MOUNTAIN FROM MAY 19TH Whistler Mountain will re-open May 19th for late spring skiing and riding, following Blackcomb’s last day on Monday, May 18th. Recent snowfall, cooler temperatures, and a current snow base of 186cm (73 inches) have created the conditions for Whistler Blackcomb to continue to offer skiing and riding on Whistler Mountain.
“Currently the snow pack and coverage is good,” says Bob Dufour, Whistler Blackcomb vice president of mountain operations. “Operations crews will assess the terrain between now and May 18 to determine the best areas for skiing and riding. We anticipate offering a product on Whistler Mountain through to the end of May and we will continue to assess the conditions to see if skiing/riding in June is a possibility.”
Spring operations at Whistler Blackcomb now include:
• Limited skiing and riding from May 19 with uploading available from the Whistler Village Gondola only from 10am to 4pm.
• A few park features including rails will be available.
• Blackcomb Mountain’s last day of winter operations will be Monday, May 18. Access to Blackcomb this weekend (Saturday-Monday) will be via the Excalibur Gondola only.
• Whistler Mountain will reopen for sightseeing on Saturday May 16 from 10am to 5pm.
• The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will be closed for scheduled maintenance from April 27 and will reopen for sightseeing Saturday, June 6.
• Glacier skiing and riding on Blackcomb Mountain will begin June 20.
Updated information on open lifts and terrain on Whistler Mountain will be available at whistlerblackcomb.com/whatsopen as operations decisions are confirmed.
The Snow Report number is 604-392-4211 locally or 604.687.7507 from Vancouver.
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park open May 16 for daily summer operations, 10am-5pm. The Air Dome will also open May 16. Extended Play will kick-off on June 20; daily hours of operation 10am-8pm until September 6.
Whistler has turned it on for Spring Break with 63cm / 25in of new snow falling in Whistler in the past 7 days. Skiers and riders have been up all weekend enjoying the incredible conditions and with plenty more snow in the forecast, things are only getting better!
Whistler village has started to receive it’s first snowfalls of the season!
Up on the peaks the mountains have been blanketed with over 40cm of snow this week.
Scheduled to open November 27, 2008 everyone is looking forward to another great season.
Skiers and riders enjoyed incredible snow conditions on Whistler Blackcomb during the Christmas/New Year holidays. With over 4ft of new snow falling in the last 7 days, people from all over the world were smiling enjoying the endless light dry powder on the mountain.
Hotels and retailers alike reported a busy holiday season. Jennifer Miller from Whistler’s Question writes “Final numbers won’t be available until next week, but Whistler Blackcomb (WB), accommodation providers, retailers, restaurateurs, and recreation companies are all reporting an increase in business over last year — with some citing a boost of up to 40 per cent.”
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Whistler Blackcomb Snow Report
Snow Base: 120cm
New Snow: 10cm Last 24hrs: 10cm Last 48hrs: 10cm Last 7 days: 10cm
Valley Temp: -3°C Mid Mountain Temp: -10°C Alpine Temp: -11°C
Today.. Flurries. Alpine Temperature Steady Near Minus 9. Snowfall Accumulation 2 Cm