What Should Have Been an Epic Day at Whistler

While we were in Maui, we kept an eye on the Whistler forecast. We haven't done much skiing this year, a lot of that had to do with the fact that since about Christmas, Whistler just hasn't got much new snow. Friday/Saturday Whistler got dumped on. With over 60 cm on new snow, coupled with high winds that kept the alpine shut down on Saturday, Sunday had the potential to be an epic day - especially since they were calling for blue skies and lots of sun. Sadly, the reality didn't quite live up to the potential. 

A panorama of Justine at the top of the face of the Peak at Whistler. It was a gorgeous, clear blue day, and not too cold.

We were up at the usual time, and at Whistler by about 8:15. Sadly, the rest of the world was also watching the weather forecast and had beat us up to the mountain. It took us 45 minutes from when the lifts opened, just to get on the gondola. That meant a lot of people beat us up the mountain to grab the fresh tracks. By the time we got up they had opened the Peak Chair, so we headed over to check it out. There was yet another huge line up (the theme of the day), and we were quite sad to watch the throngs of people crave up the untracked powder. By the time we got to the top, most of the fresh stuff was gone, but the snow was still really nice, and there was lots of it.

For whatever reason, Justine was having a tough day. Normally, she's a much better skier than I am, but today she struggled, including a major wipeout on our first run as we were headed down the face of the Peak. I missed it, but here skies ended up a good hundred yards apart, down the hill.

Justine went full "yard sale" on our first run - a full on tumble and wipe out.

Justine went full "yard sale" on our first run - a full on tumble and wipe out.

From the first run on, the theme of the day was waiting in lines. They were massive - the worst I've experienced at Whistler. We tried skiing the whole mountain - Emerald, Harmony, Red, Symphony - the lines were equally ridiculous. The last time we were out we got in a dozen runs; today we got in six.

A shot of the insane lines at Harmony Chair. It was not fun, but the weather was amazing, so that helped.

A shot of the insane lines at Harmony Chair. It was not fun, but the weather was amazing, so that helped.

And sadly, the snow wasn't as good as we were hoping for. There had been a lot, don't get me wrong, but it had been quite warm on Saturday, so most of it had been very, very wet snow. Then once things got cold on Saturday night, well let's just say it was chunky. The main exception was the snow in the trees near Symphony - that was light and fluffy and beautiful.

Despite the lines and the less-than-perfect snow, we had a great day on the slopes.

A pano of Sun Bowl on Whistler, living up to its name.