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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Snowboarding in Whistler

On the tenth anniversary of our yearly snowboarding pilgrimage it seems only fitting that the cards finally fell into place for a trip up to British Columbia. A friend and I will be in Seattle for work in early March so we are going to drive up there after another buddy flies out to meet us for the following week.

So has anyone (1) been to Whistler/Blackcomb and (2) any driven up from Seattle? I've done some research and it looks pretty straightforward; we got a good weekly rate on a car and found a nice condo right in the village. Planning on 4 1/2 to 5 days of riding.

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Haven't driven up there from Seattle. My cousins done it and he said it wasn't that bad. Although if you are using a GPS to drive up there make sure it's updated. They rebuilt a lot of roads for the Olympics and the GPS will get you lost if you've never been that way before.

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when its cold and snowy in whistler-blackcomb, it is epic.
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Every time we went up there we drove from Seattle. The Sea to Sky Hwy is amazing. No other way to describe it. Only gets better when you get to Whistler Village.

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I've been doing research all morning and looks like the best route is to take the Truck Crossing and drive around Vancouver stright up to Highway 1. Already planning to stop in Sqaumish Valley to hopefully get some more eagle photographs. Will be leaving from Microsoft so have a slightly different route around Seattle planned as well.

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Whistler is amazing though I haven't been up there since they've had the Olympics. I've been there a few times and the only problem was with some fog and slushy snow. I guess this is somewhat common, but it's still my favorite place to go.

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The drive up from Seatle is beautiful, great scenery. Whistler is my favorite snowboarding spot. The town is fun and the mountain is a blast to ride. Weather can be a bit of a crapshoot, but above mid mountain its usually nice.

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Just closing the loop on this thread... First week of March I drove up from Seattle with a couple friends and the drive was about 4 hours, plus another 30 minutes for construction traffic. Ended up getting the worst flu I've had since I was a kid and missed riding the last 2 day but they were cool and refunded me the unused portion of my lift tickets.

The conditions were average, we got very little snow the entire week (1-2" a day at most) but the terrain is huge.

That said I wasn't as blown away as I expected to be, I don't think it lived up to all the years of hype. Even in early March the weekend lift lines started to get insane and we just used the single lines, but mid-week the moutain was more empty the higher up we went. I still think the Vail back bowls are my favorite, although due in part to the epic snow we got their last year.



I do have to say though that as an engineer the Peak-To-Peak Gondola is an amazing feat.

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