Canada Day 2
March 21, 2010, 8:40 pm
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We woke up around 8 to some rain down here in the village. We walked over and took the blackcomb gondola up and eventually got up to the snowline, with a few inches of fresh snow reported overnight. Some spots were certainly better than others (I.E. not southfacing slopes), with some deep pockets, like 8-12″, in certain spots. I must say, long runs sure are a change from the short, maybe 1500 vertical feet runs in Tahoe. We are talking 2000+ vertical over a mile or two. Very fun but also tiring. Also, their trail rankings are all over the map. Many double blacks are pretty mild (compared to Squaw and others), but other blacks more difficult. Regardless, the huge size of the place makes for great variability in terrain from open bowls, nice little rock shelfs and cliffs big and small, and good trees as well.

After a few hours on blackcomb we took the 3s over to whistler. Its a cool ropeway, essentially a detachable aerial tramway, with a huge main span (1.5 miles or so, 1300 feet over the valley below). Its the only 3s in the US, and its pretty sweet if conditions on one mountain isn’t that great and you want to check the other side.

Whistler is more north-facing, so snow quality under the freshies was much better, not the ice like blackcomb had underneath. As the afternoon progressed first fog, then wind and snow socked the upper mountain in, so we quit and went in. The run from the top all the way to the village way crazy. It started in the high alpine with zero visibility and fresh, dry snow, then transitioned through some icy patches mid-way down, then finished with some really nice slush down in the valley.

We got some rad burgers and cookies after, then picked up some snacks at the grocery store.

As we watched the curling championships, we herd some bangs outside, the fireworks signifying the end of the Paralympic games. Those fellas are nuts. We saw a few ripping on whistler, one pointing it off a nice little 10 footer with no hesitation.

More fresh snow for tomorrow, and hopefully better alpine visibility.


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