Whistler Blackcomb Opening Weekend

19th November, 2012

The lifts and gondolas on Whistler mountain officially started turning for winter 2012-13 season on Saturday November 17th. Whistler village was a buzz of excitement and anticipation on the morning of Opening day. Eager skiers and snowboarders lined up from 10am on Friday morning to ensure they were the first ones to load Whistler gondola. As you would expect the crowds in the line up were stoked to say the least. When they finally started uploading around 8am, spontaneous explosions of cheering roared every time the lift line moved.

The enthusiasm of opening day was definitely very high within the Crystal Lodge Staff as well.

Ken, one of our bellman spent opening weekend between shifts at work "sending killer park laps and throwing down spins on (his) brand new skis". Ashlee on the other hand is in Whistler for her first season from Australia working in our Housekeeping department. Though she spent the weekend working I asked Ashlee why she's beaming with excitement for her first day ever snowboarding at Whistler. "I can't wait to break in my new snowboard kit. Pretty sure I'm going to spend more time tumbling down the hill and finish with a rather bruised body but I just want to get amongst it (the snow) and have some fun"

Whistler opening day excitement

It was thanks to cool temperatures, impressive snowmaking and natural snowfall that Whistler Blackcomb were able to open Whistler five days early. With five lifts running for opening weekend, the conditions on Whistler mountain were pretty good for November 17th. Nice coverage on the upper mountain and with more snow on the forecast it looks like a promising start to the winter season at Whistler Blackcomb.

Photo Credit: Paul Morrison / Whistler Blackcomb