As the snow continues to pound down in the alpine, this morning Whistler announced the big news on their Facebook page: Whistler Mountain is opening on Saturday, twelve days ahead of schedule. Blackcomb will open as scheduled on November 26th. There will be three chairs open – Big Red, Emerald and Franz’s – with a mandatory download from the Roundhouse.
Now I’m torn. I’m not working Saturday; it’s so tempting to jump in the car and head straight up the Sea to Sky. However, with a metre and a half of fresh snow and every powder-hungry ski bum between here and the Rockies descending on the resort for opening day, it’s going to be hellish busy. I’ve got some owed time at work and could just as easily take Tuesday or Thursday off and catch a much quieter midweek day. I know perfectly well the runs will be less crowded, the lift lines shorter, and the whole experience much more satisfying if I can just be patient. But it’s been a long and snow-free six months (barring that one brief visit to Calgary) and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to help myself.
Whatever happens, the 09/10 season is officially on us and I’m stoked.