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aazz

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Was anyone out today after the carnage yesterday.

I had my first day today. I was on the Whistler side all day. Avy bombs going off all day in the alpine, which was shut. There were some nice runs but there were some crap ones as well, not a bad day to get my ski legs back from September. Hoping for better conditions in the next fortnight.
 

Eros C

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Been sitting it out with a man flu for the last two days which was timely with the recent weather. Back into it tomorrow but haven’t experienced the weekend warrior crowd yet. Minimal lift lines during the week but tomorrow will be interesting.
 

Chalkie

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Gorgeous day at Whistler. About 10cm fresh & dry overnight, and my first glorious sunshine of the season!

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Eros C

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yep had a great day also. Still icy on shaded runs but improving slightly with the top up. Still getting the feeling back in toes and fingers after the cold temps and skiing up around the peak. Another layer perhaps tomorrow if the temps repeat.


Gorgeous day at Whistler. About 10cm fresh & dry overnight, and my first glorious sunshine of the season!

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Chalkie

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Nice day out on the slopes today. Visibility variable (aka cloudy and misty at different elevations), but this morning the snow was spectactular - 5 to 10 cm of fresh dry snow overnight very nicely tidied things up. The crowds were very light. We found fresh stashes all day, but this morning (especially over at Symphony where we arrived as soon as it started spinning) was pure delight!

The forecast now is for snow over the next two days and then some sun on Saturday. Fingers crossed.
 
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Chalkie

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What a day today!

Headed up Blackcomb, had lovely first runs off Excelerator. Then saw 7th Heaven had opened, so off we went. Halfway up Jersey Cream we noticed our goggles were getting a bit frozen. Odd, we thought. Skied down to bottom on 7th Heaven, all ok, and then halfway up 7th Heaven the freezing fog set in. By the time we got off the lift, all surfaces were icing up. Getting down from the top of 7th Heaven was carnage - eventually we had to ditch goggles and try and ski with freezing fog starting to freeze our contact lenses (worn by all but one (the 18 y.o.) in the party).

In for a coffee and to defrost. Looked up freezing fog on the interweb. Exactly what we'd experienced. Supercooled fog that freezes on contact with surfaces in below freezing conditions.

After that, we had snow, non-freezing fog, and more snow. The last couple of runs were the best of the day!
 

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We bought these small squeegie things to scrape the ice off the goggles at BW. They clicked onto a carabiner on your gloves.
Very handy. It was that or running into trees.
 
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We bought these small squeegie things to scrape the ice off the goggles at BW. They clicked onto a carabiner on your gloves.
Very handy. It was that or running into trees.

Skigees. Work well, but if you have a reflective coating on goggles they destroys it pretty quickly.

I have experienced freezing for at Perisher on a few occasions as well.
 
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We bought these small squeegie things to scrape the ice off the goggles at BW. They clicked onto a carabiner on your gloves.
Very handy. It was that or running into trees.
yup, had them for years but never had to use them every 5 or 6 turns...... and not to scratch ice off !!!! was a shocker.
 
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Chalkie

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We bought these small squeegie things to scrape the ice off the goggles at BW. They clicked onto a carabiner on your gloves.
Very handy. It was that or running into trees.

One of my pairs of gloves has a built-in one in one finger. Alas, they are no longer my favourite pair of gloves. My new favourite pair of gloves doesn't have the built-in skigee.
 

Chalkie

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So ended a terrific week at Whistler. 12cm fresh nice snow last night, and we awoke to a bluebird day:

Oh Canada:
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But there's a dark side to a bluebird Saturday after a week of snow at Whistler (Harmony Chair; 9.30am):

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We did this once. And later at Symphony (which irritatingly did not open until nearly midday :mad::mad::mad:). And at Peak Express after lunch (the board said it was "light"). To avoid the crowds, we did a bit of mid-mountain skiing, and that was great fun - the weather so lovely and the snow in such good condition, there was nothing really to complain about. What we should have done was go over to Blackcomb, but the day got away from us.

I think the biggest lesson I learned from this week was to try and plan the next long visit to Whistler with friends on a Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday basis. This way one can get in a few days' skiing, then have a rest or other activity day (the Whistler ziplining is great fun) and avoid the weekend lift lines. Then again, powder and bluebird days and all that might put the best laid plans of mice and men to nought. In the past we've tended to do Saturday to Saturday (this one was a Sunday to Sunday).

Otherwise - the Pan Pacific Mountainside (where we stayed) continues to deliver. The location can't be beat (right at the Whistler Gondola and Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola), the rooms (which have a "full" kitchen; bring your own sharp knives and a plastic chopping board) are comfortable and well-appointed, and the Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub on site is pretty good (good beer and bands). We catered alternate nights in and out, and the kitchen worked perfectly well to make veggie lasagne, risotto, and frittata, plus most of our breakfasts and apres drinks.

Sushi Village remained up to standard for 2 dinners, as did La Brasserie for a great breakky. Pasta Lupino (thanks @andrew7 for the reccie) was a great recommendation and we'll be going back there. Tonight we're heading over to the Fairmont for dinner at Wildflower (to which we've never been. Usually Araxi would be our "big night out" meal, but one of our party this time is a vegetarian and Wildflower had some very nice looking vegetarian options on the menu, so we thought we'd give it a go. Unlike @robbo mcs, we've always found Araxi to be fantastic - and I celebrated my 50th birthday there in the private dining room, and was very well looked after). Tomorrow's departure breakky will be at Crepes Montagne (thanks @robbo mcs for that reccie).

Our trip up to Whistler for the day I think will be sometime in March. We're off to Aspen the week after next! I've skied a fair bit in Colorado over the years, but never Aspen so it will be a new adventure for me!
 

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Unlike @robbo mcs, we've always found Araxi to be fantastic - and I celebrated my 50th birthday there in the private dining room, and was very well looked after)

Hi, just to clarify for others, I do like Araxi, and go there everytime I am in town:) I probably didn’t make it clear in my post. I said I thought it was overated. People have spoken to me in mystical tones about how it’s easily the best restaurant in Whistler, like a 3 star michelin restaurant. Personally I think it’s great, but not at that level. Also people wax lyrical about the oysters, “you must have the oysters”. Having grown in Sydney .... meh:whistle:

So I didn’t make it clear, it is a top notch restuaurant, probably vying with barefoot bistro for the best in town:)
 
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Roymond

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So ended a terrific week at Whistler. 12cm fresh nice snow last night, and we awoke to a bluebird day:

Oh Canada:
20200208_091159.jpg
20200208_091251.jpg
20200208_091433.jpg


But there's a dark side to a bluebird Saturday after a week of snow at Whistler (Harmony Chair; 9.30am):

20200208_095348.jpg


We did this once. And later at Symphony (which irritatingly did not open until nearly midday :mad::mad::mad:). And at Peak Express after lunch (the board said it was "light"). To avoid the crowds, we did a bit of mid-mountain skiing, and that was great fun - the weather so lovely and the snow in such good condition, there was nothing really to complain about. What we should have done was go over to Blackcomb, but the day got away from us.

I think the biggest lesson I learned from this week was to try and plan the next long visit to Whistler with friends on a Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday basis. This way one can get in a few days' skiing, then have a rest or other activity day (the Whistler ziplining is great fun) and avoid the weekend lift lines. Then again, powder and bluebird days and all that might put the best laid plans of mice and men to nought. In the past we've tended to do Saturday to Saturday (this one was a Sunday to Sunday).

Otherwise - the Pan Pacific Mountainside (where we stayed) continues to deliver. The location can't be beat (right at the Whistler Gondola and Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola), the rooms (which have a "full" kitchen; bring your own sharp knives and a plastic chopping board) are comfortable and well-appointed, and the Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub on site is pretty good (good beer and bands). We catered alternate nights in and out, and the kitchen worked perfectly well to make veggie lasagne, risotto, and frittata, plus most of our breakfasts and apres drinks.

Sushi Village remained up to standard for 2 dinners, as did La Brasserie for a great breakky. Pasta Lupino (thanks @andrew7 for the reccie) was a great recommendation and we'll be going back there. Tonight we're heading over to the Fairmont for dinner at Wildflower (to which we've never been. Usually Araxi would be our "big night out" meal, but one of our party this time is a vegetarian and Wildflower had some very nice looking vegetarian options on the menu, so we thought we'd give it a go. Unlike @robbo mcs, we've always found Araxi to be fantastic - and I celebrated my 50th birthday there in the private dining room, and was very well looked after). Tomorrow's departure breakky will be at Montagne (thanks @robbo mcs for that reccie).

Our trip up to Whistler for the day I think will be sometime in March. We're off to Aspen the week after next! I've skied a fair bit in Colorado over the years, but never Aspen so it will be a new adventure for me!
Hi @Chalkie . How long are you at Aspen ? We are at Snowmass from 11-19th March if you are still there...
 

skichic

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I didn’t eat out at all in Whistler, apart from apres “snacks” which were generally enough for me to not need dinner.

I was ski, sometimes apres, hot tub, PJs, sometimes dinner, often just cheese and wine, Netflix, bed, repeat.

I did eat out for breakfast on my rest day.

How do you all find the energy?
 
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Chalkie

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I didn’t eat out at all in Whistler, apart from apres “snacks” which were generally enough for me to not need dinner.

I was ski, sometimes apres, hot tub, PJs, sometimes dinner, often just cheese and wine, Netflix, bed, repeat.

I did eat out for breakfast on my rest day.

How do you all find the energy?

Having a rest week next week and going on a diet...LOLLOLLOL
 
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PG2736

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Araxi is nice but I reckon Il Caminetto pick of them all. The room is sensational and service and food excellent. Funnily enough owned by the same group. I saw Joe Forte's is opening in Whistler which will be good. Hadn't opened when we were there in Jan.
 

Harper11

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So ended a terrific week at Whistler. 12cm fresh nice snow last night, and we awoke to a bluebird day:

Oh Canada:
20200208_091159.jpg
20200208_091251.jpg
20200208_091433.jpg


But there's a dark side to a bluebird Saturday after a week of snow at Whistler (Harmony Chair; 9.30am):

20200208_095348.jpg


We did this once. And later at Symphony (which irritatingly did not open until nearly midday :mad::mad::mad:). And at Peak Express after lunch (the board said it was "light"). To avoid the crowds, we did a bit of mid-mountain skiing, and that was great fun - the weather so lovely and the snow in such good condition, there was nothing really to complain about. What we should have done was go over to Blackcomb, but the day got away from us.

I think the biggest lesson I learned from this week was to try and plan the next long visit to Whistler with friends on a Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday basis. This way one can get in a few days' skiing, then have a rest or other activity day (the Whistler ziplining is great fun) and avoid the weekend lift lines. Then again, powder and bluebird days and all that might put the best laid plans of mice and men to nought. In the past we've tended to do Saturday to Saturday (this one was a Sunday to Sunday).

Otherwise - the Pan Pacific Mountainside (where we stayed) continues to deliver. The location can't be beat (right at the Whistler Gondola and Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola), the rooms (which have a "full" kitchen; bring your own sharp knives and a plastic chopping board) are comfortable and well-appointed, and the Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub on site is pretty good (good beer and bands). We catered alternate nights in and out, and the kitchen worked perfectly well to make veggie lasagne, risotto, and frittata, plus most of our breakfasts and apres drinks.

Sushi Village remained up to standard for 2 dinners, as did La Brasserie for a great breakky. Pasta Lupino (thanks @andrew7 for the reccie) was a great recommendation and we'll be going back there. Tonight we're heading over to the Fairmont for dinner at Wildflower (to which we've never been. Usually Araxi would be our "big night out" meal, but one of our party this time is a vegetarian and Wildflower had some very nice looking vegetarian options on the menu, so we thought we'd give it a go. Unlike @robbo mcs, we've always found Araxi to be fantastic - and I celebrated my 50th birthday there in the private dining room, and was very well looked after). Tomorrow's departure breakky will be at Crepes Montagne (thanks @robbo mcs for that reccie).

Our trip up to Whistler for the day I think will be sometime in March. We're off to Aspen the week after next! I've skied a fair bit in Colorado over the years, but never Aspen so it will be a new adventure for me!

love the pan Pacific, stayed there many times
Is it still holding up ok?
Location can’t be beaten really
 

Eros C

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Ok back from our 2 week stay at Whistler. Have skied a number of resorts in Japan and Italy sometime ago. Having read mixed reviews before leaving, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our stay included a mixed bag of weather including sun, fog, powder and a major rain storm. Conclusion: it’s definitely the best mountain area I have skied to date. Resort was amazing and had everything you desired for young and old. Yes snow may not have been as dry as Japan, but there was enough ski area to explore that snow quality was never an issue. It’s massive!!! If it was a little damp just ski a little higher for that day. Lift lines were heavy on weekends as expected and no different to what we get back home. Wasn’t too bad. People were so friendly and service A1 in restaurants. Groomers were sooooo long that my legs are still burning. Off piste runs and views were amazing and definitely made me rethink the 85cm underfoot skis. Son moved up to a 95cm and he never looked back!! For those thinking about Whistler, go for it as you will not be disappointed if weather is on your side. It was a slow start but we nailed our timeslot apart for the jet stream of rain which hit the resort for a whole day. Will return for sure with wider skis next time.
 

Kimski

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Ok back from our 2 week stay at Whistler. Have skied a number of resorts in Japan and Italy sometime ago. Having read mixed reviews before leaving, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our stay included a mixed bag of weather including sun, fog, powder and a major rain storm. Conclusion: it’s definitely the best mountain area I have skied to date. Resort was amazing and had everything you desired for young and old. Yes snow may not have been as dry as Japan, but there was enough ski area to explore that snow quality was never an issue. It’s massive!!! If it was a little damp just ski a little higher for that day. Lift lines were heavy on weekends as expected and no different to what we get back home. Wasn’t too bad. People were so friendly and service A1 in restaurants. Groomers were sooooo long that my legs are still burning. Off piste runs and views were amazing and definitely made me rethink the 85cm underfoot skis. Son moved up to a 95cm and he never looked back!! For those thinking about Whistler, go for it as you will not be disappointed if weather is on your side. It was a slow start but we nailed our timeslot apart for the jet stream of rain which hit the resort for a whole day. Will return for sure with wider skis next time.
Nice report.

I’m considering Canada or US for my next trip.

I’ve read that Whistler lift tickets are pretty expensive. How did you find costs?
 

skichic

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Funny. I took my wide skis (Volkl Aura 100mm) and apart from one magic bluebird day, I wished for my 84mm skis. Whistler was free for me on my Epic Australia Pass. I really enjoyed my time at Whistler, but the variability of snow conditions between top and bottom, mean it wouldn’t be my first choice as a return destination. Yet I met people from all countries who return, same week, year after year.
 

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Funny. I took my wide skis (Volkl Aura 100mm) and apart from one magic bluebird day, I wished for my 84mm skis. Whistler was free for me on my Epic Australia Pass. I really enjoyed my time at Whistler, but the variability of snow conditions between top and bottom, mean it wouldn’t be my first choice as a return destination. Yet I met people from all countries who return, same week, year after year.

I went to Whistler the first weekend I was here (in Vancouver).. I found it a bit overpriced and way way overcrowded - I did learnt (from a NZ couple I met on the lift) that the best value way was via the Epic Aust. pass, but unfortunately I paid day rates which amounted to around 170CAD a day for 45min lift queues at the bottom gondola..not cool.

Last weekend I went to the 2 local Vancouver mountains (Grouse & Seymour) and felt better experience there in relation to the price/value.
 
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I went to Whistler the first weekend I was here (in Vancouver).. I found it a bit overpriced and way way overcrowded - I did learnt (from a NZ couple I met on the lift) that the best value way was via the Epic Aust. pass, but unfortunately I paid day rates which amounted to around 170CAD a day for 45min lift queues at the bottom gondola..not cool.

Last weekend I went to the 2 local Vancouver mountains (Grouse & Seymour) and felt better experience there in relation to the price/value.
Whistler on a weekend is like every other Epic resort I’ve skied on a weekend. Mid week, no real queues. Value was perfect for me, already had 20 days on my pass.
 
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I did’t think the weekend lift lines were too bad on our trip this year. If the whistler gondy had a long line first up we just skied straight onto the fitzsimmons chair then the garbanzo to get up the mountain. If any particular chair got busy we just moved onto another location same as I’d do at home :)
 

Eros C

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Nice report.

I’m considering Canada or US for my next trip.

I’ve read that Whistler lift tickets are pretty expensive. How did you find costs?
We purposely purchased an Epic pass last season to explore Perisher and hit Whistler. Pass includes 10 days at Whistler which Is great. Basically skied for free after the Australian season. We mainly ski Hotham so suited us to a tee. Prices are high so I would definitely consider a season pass. If you are considering a longer stay you can upgrade to an unlimited pass. Rest of resort for eating no different to vic. Catching happy hours is suggested.
Nice report.

I’m considering Canada or US for my next trip.

I’ve read that Whistler lift tickets are pretty expensive. How did you find costs?
 
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Eros C

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Funny. I took my wide skis (Volkl Aura 100mm) and apart from one magic bluebird day, I wished for my 84mm skis. Whistler was free for me on my Epic Australia Pass. I really enjoyed my time at Whistler, but the variability of snow conditions between top and bottom, mean it wouldn’t be my first choice as a return destination. Yet I met people from all countries who return, same week, year after year.
2 sets of skis definitely required. When the conditions are right, laying fresh tracks is a must and 85cm is a slog sometimes. Km’s of groomers become boring after a week and exploring off piste if legs haven’t seized is recommended for sure.
 

Eros C

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I did’t think the weekend lift lines were too bad on our trip this year. If the whistler gondy had a long line first up we just skied straight onto the fitzsimmons chair then the garbanzo to get up the mountain. If any particular chair got busy we just moved onto another location same as I’d do at home :)
Unless fresh pow overnight, sleep in a little, miss morning rush and ski until last lift without lunch break. Miss morning rush no probs. However no issues during the week. Weekend heavy yes but many lift options to get up to Alpine. Just don’t stay at Creekside for a weekend stay.
 
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skichic

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2 sets of skis definitely required. When the conditions are right, laying fresh tracks is a must and 85cm is a slog sometimes. Km’s of groomers become boring after a week and exploring off piste if legs haven’t seized is recommended for sure.
I was off piste a lot, and my skinnier skis would have been fine. The only day my wider skis came into their own was a knee deep fresh day in the Whistler bowls. I’m not travelling with 2 sets of skis LOL I’m only light, I don’t sink much.
 
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Team Weasel

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CSIA already refunding me course fees for a course 3 weeks away. Writing on the wall.

Will see how fast I get kicked out of the resort when I skin up tomorrow.
 

gareth_oau

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Travel insurance provided you didn’t book after pandemic was declared.

well that really depends.

many insurance poloicies may have a pandemic clause long before changes were made for the added CV19 clause.

The declaration of a pndemic is like a major FM event for insurance companies.

but in addition, if the accommodation is still there for you to use and you arent being kicked out, then you might only be able to claim for your lift tickets, assuming whistler doesnt refund them
 

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The way my broker explained it is if the policy was purchased prior to the pandemic being declared, you are likely covered.

It will depend on your policy but I reckon there is a good chance of coverage.
 

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well that really depends.

many insurance poloicies may have a pandemic clause long before changes were made for the added CV19 clause.

The declaration of a pndemic is like a major FM event for insurance companies.

but in addition, if the accommodation is still there for you to use and you arent being kicked out, then you might only be able to claim for your lift tickets, assuming whistler doesnt refund them
Vail's refund policy is not to refund.
I had to cancel my trip to Canada in February due to a vertebrae fracture. Fernie refunded with no penalty, however Vail/Whistler refused, which is now with travel insurance.
 
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