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Powder alert: Whistler Mountain opening early


Blog by Nick Swinburne | November 15th, 2010


Powder hounds, start your skiing and riding engines. A surfeit of La Niña-driven, early-season snow is prompting Whistler Blackcomb (WB) officials to open portions of Whistler Mountain six days ahead of schedule for the 2010-'11 season.

In a statement issued late Friday (Nov. 12), WB officials announced plans to open selected lifts on Whistler Mountain to skiing and snowboarding on Friday (Nov. 19) at 8:30 a.m. Details are to be announced early next week.

“New snow and low freezing levels, along with the hard work of our mountain operations, grooming, and snowmaking teams mean we can open Whistler Mountain on Friday, Nov. 19,” Doug MacFarlane, WB mountain manager, said in a statement. “Though early-season conditions will apply, having those first few turns of the season is a great feeling and we're happy to make that happen for our guests six days earlier than planned.”

WB had been scheduled to open for the 2010-'11 season on Thursday, Nov. 25. Last year, some lifts on Whistler Mountain were opened on Nov. 14 — 12 days ahead of schedule.

This week, WB officials stressed that once the lifts do roar to life, skiers should exercise extreme caution; the terrain that will be open will be “best suited for intermediate to advanced riders and skiers,” officials said. Guests are being urged to obey all on-mountain signage and stay within the marked ski-area boundary.