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Blackcomb, beer, bears and a few double-black diamonds

It was Blackcomb’s turn to open for Spring skiing in 2010. Well, maybe ‘Spring’ wasn’t quite the right description for the weather on the mountain. Variable cloud and intermittent snow showers kept the skiing on the top third of Blackcomb most winter like. Only lower down did it soften, becoming slushy but not gluey by the afternoon.

We basically skied everywhere. Spanky’s offered great turns all the way down Ruby Bowl. Pakalolo was mid-winter chalky, grippy awesomeness. The groomers off 7th Heaven, especially early, were fast lightly populated highways with a speed limit of as fast as you dare.

Fortunately it was warm and sunny in the village. Ideal for drinking après beers in the sun and watching a bear wander out of the woods just above the GLC. All in all, yet another spectacular May weekend of skiing at Whistler.

3 days: 9400m, 10700m, 7200m vert

69 days: 551,900m vert

21 powder days



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