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Whistler Mountain opening for skiing and snowboarding on Wednesday, November 23

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Jenni Sheppard Nov 19, 2016 5:20 am 6,574

Whistler Blackcomb will officially open next week for skiing and snowboarding, ahead of schedule, due to recent colder temperatures and natural snowfall.

Whistler Mountain will open on Wednesday, November 23, while Blackcomb will open on Thursday, November 24, according to a release.

The resort’s current base is sitting at 86 cm, as measured at the Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain, having got 84 cm of snow since November 1.

Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations, said there is another 35 cm to 45 cm of snow in the forecast for higher elevations throughout the weekend and early next week.

“With recent colder temperatures, our snowmaking team has been able to give Mother Nature a helping hand in preparations for opening day,” MacFarlane said in the release.

“We know there are many skiers and snowboarders anxiously waiting for the season to start and are excited to get them out there.”

Lifts will be open as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 23
    • Option to upload to Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside Gondola
    • First upload will be at 8:30 am with last upload from the valley at 2 pm. Lifts will be spinning until 3 pm.
    • Mandatory download will be in effect with limited terrain open and early season hazards.
  • Thursday, November 24
    • Blackcomb Mountain will open with uploading via the Excalibur Gondola and Excelerator Express as well as the Wizard Express and Solar Coaster Express
    • First upload will begin at 8:30 am with last upload from the valley at 2 pm and skiing and snowboarding until 3 pm.
    • Mandatory download will be in effect with limited terrain open and early season hazards.

There will also be special early season ticket pricing for both days, with full-day lift tickets available for $79 and Edge Card Direct-to-Lift Rates going for $77.

If you want to get an even lower rate of $73 a day for the whole season, you have until Monday, November 21 to load your Edge Card with 10 days.

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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