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Line up for Fresh Tracks
I remembered I had a couple of Fresh Tracks tickets, which finishes on Monday, so I figured what better day to get up Whistler Mountain early than on Easter Saturday with 25cm of powder on a base over 3.5 meters
We arrived around 6:15am (upload starts at 7:30 but the early bird gets the worm – or powder in this case) and were about 10th in line, the above photo was taken around 7:15 by which time the line was pretty big. By being first in line, we were able to grab a quick breakfast in the Roundhouse before the ropes were dropped and the day began. If you are at the back, by the time you eat breakfast the first ‘normal’ chairs are reaching the top by the time you finish – therefore you don’t get any real advantage to skiing the goods (unless you pre-plan to skip the free breakfast).
As for the skiing, once again it was fantastic – the snow was perfect and about a foot deep We managed 6 awesome powder runs before 11am, when we decided to grab a quick hot chocolate before waiting in the line for Peak chair to open. That was a waste of time, as neither Peak nor Harmony chairs opened (I believe, we skied out around 1:30pm after being told the chances of them opening were slim to none).
Still, we had a great day, with plenty of face shots, so I finished the day with a smile on my face. Looking forward to the alpine opening tomorrow (fingers crossed).
Glacier chair on Blackcomb Mountain opened, and I think 7th Heaven did too.
The only real downside to the day was the crowds – it was BUSY at the lifts, but the runs were empty enough. It was made worse by not having the alpine lifts open. Below is a photo of the line up at Garbanzo chair, and there were more people behind me. It was either the biggest line I have seen there, or close to.
Garbanzo chair line up
A few people have been asking how the ski out conditions are, and today I skied out via Crabapple to Whistler village. The coverage is still REALLY good, much better than I expected. Not the best snow to ski (a little grabby) but it is still better than downloading.
Unfortunately, I forgot to charge the camera batteries, but I took this video just as it died. It was during our 2nd (maybe 3rd) chair of the day, and is of a few people skiing Upper Insanity under the Red chair.
Update: Due to the epic snow base this year, WB has decided to extend the skiing on Whistler until April 25th – Blackcomb is still planned to remain open until May 24th. So there is still plenty of ‘spring’ skiing to be done. The Peak to Peak gondola will close on April 18th.