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Whistler at Thanksgiving

Oh how I love Thanksgiving traditions. Whistler open already, Blackcomb opening day, Sushi Village for dinner. Deserted runs. It’s heaven. OK- not quite your traditional Thanksgiving traditions, but seemingly almost as reliable.

My rule-of-thumb is that if the snow depth reported on the Whistler Web site at Pig Alley is 1m, then the mid and upper mountains are in pretty fine shape. It hovered around 80cm on this visit, so I was a little reticent about the cover. There was no real worry though, as cold weather had turned the mountains into something akin to Killington, with fresh gun pow making sure the groomers were fun and fast all weekend. Off groomed was variable, but there was great fun to be had as long of you carefully hopped over occasional shrubbery, logs, rocks and open creeks and, ahem, crevasses.

By Saturday Whistler was open top-to-bottom, and the Blackcomb ski out was groomed and ready to roll, making it rude not to hit apres at Merlins. This seemed a suitably magical way to end some fine November skiing!

Thursday 8000m, Friday 9400m, Saturday 8500m very

Season Totals; 4 days, 31,900m vertical


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