First Day of .... Spring?

Today I think was the official first day of spring, so Justine and I decided it was a good day to go out and get our first day of skiing of the season in.

It's been a crappy year for skiing. I think most of the local mountains closed in January, and with all the travel, combined with the warm weather there just hasn't been much of a chance to get out.

Whistler had gotten a bit of snow over the last few days, so we decided that it was worth trying on Saturday. The weather showed that they got 17 cm of new snow overnight so we headed up early Saturday morning.

 In line, waiting to head back up. 

In line, waiting to head back up. 

It rained almost the whole way up, so it wasn't looking good. The roads were pretty empty and the Village was as well. I've never seen Whistler with so little snow, this time of year.

Thankfully, once we got up a bit higher there was actually some good snow - even though the visibility was poor. We did one run down to Emerald Chair, then discovered that Harmony was open. We headed over that way and were rewarded with knee deep powder. Wet powder but powder nonetheless. We got a few good fresh tracks runs in before it got skied out.

 There were no lines for our first run up Harmony.

There were no lines for our first run up Harmony.

We then went over to Symphony and got some more fresh tracks in through the trees. It was pretty good, and so much better than expected.

We skied there for a while then headed over to Peak, and skied our way out. We did 10 runs over 3 1/2 hours which was pretty good for the first time this season.

 The view from the top of Harmony Ridge.

The view from the top of Harmony Ridge.

 A map of our runs, using the "Run Tracker" app from Whistler.

A map of our runs, using the "Run Tracker" app from Whistler.

 I forgot to log our first run of the day, but it wasn't a bad first day on the mountain.

I forgot to log our first run of the day, but it wasn't a bad first day on the mountain.