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Blackcomb bump-a-thon

What a fabulous season it has been at Whistler.

We started with crazy deep pow in late November, and finished with the finest Spring conditions that the Gods of Skiing deliver. Great weather, rocking groomers early, massive slushy steep bumps later, and even a runout to mid-station on the Blackcomb gondola that you could straight-line at 75km/h. Ok, it was officially closed. It was also groomed. Vail Resorts please take note. Whistler doesn’t need your Nazi-style CO ski patrol. Please … keep it Canadian and quirky.

Bark Sandwich was also officially beyond the ski boundary. But on Sunday its huge bumps skied like heaven, After a couple of runs, you could pick out a line with monstrous moguls to rail around, skirting trees (and deep deep tree wells) to almost float in slow motion into the next turn.

Heaven.

Combine that with a shot down Gear Jammer, softer and buttery and slower, but still with good cover. And still steep. Not bad for 6 or so laps on a warm Sunday afternoon. Shame we had to end and drive back to Seattle.

Combine that with a shot down Gear Jammer, softer and buttery and slower, but still with good cover. And still steep. Not bad for 6 or so laps on a warm Sunday afternoon. Shame we had to end and drive back to Seattle.

Shame we had to hop off the hill at 2.30pm and drive back to Seattle.

My official stats from the WB+ site for winter are 18 days, 161, 807 vertical meters, and 301 lifts. That’s roughly 40 hours spent riding lifts 🙂 And all for the price of a 5 day Edge Card and Spring Pass, maybe $550 (US). Not bad really.

Best not to think about accommodation and food and drinks costs though.

Until November 2017 …

Saturday 11,100m Sunday 9000m vert

70 days, 589,600m vert, 18 powder days

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