Whistler Blackcomb warns snowboarders and skiers to keep off mountain

Oct 18 2016, 9:08 pm

Whistler Blackcomb is warning snowboarders and skiers to keep off the mountain until opening, despite the recent dump of snow during BC’s recent storm.

Spokesperson Chelsea Moen told Daily Hive a number of people had been discovered hiking up the mountain in search of some early season turns before opening day.

“While we admire your stoke and enthusiasm, it is extremely important to keep in mind that both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are now closed,” said Moen.

Moen explained that the warning is for people’s own safety, as due to preparations being made for the winter season, there are numerous unmarked hazards on the mountains.

“Anyone caught hiking up the mountain within the ski area boundaries will be asked to turn around and leave the property immediately.”

Early opening?

The snow is certainly building up though. The last storm cycle at Whistler Blackcomb dropped 75 cm of snow in the alpine. If that keeps up, they would be set for opening early.

Moen said the current snow base at the 1,650-metre elevation on Whistler Mountain is sitting at 55cm, which looks very promising.

“If we continue to receive favourable early season conditions (ie cold temperatures and natural snow) we will be well positioned to open ahead of schedule,” said Moen.

Webcam view of Emerald Chair on 18 October 2016 (Whistler Blackcomb)

Webcam view of Emerald Chair on 18 October 2016 (Whistler Blackcomb)

However, said Moen, right now, Whistler Blackcomb is still aiming for the scheduled opening on November 24.

“Despite the recent snowfall, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in preparation for opening day,” said Moen.

Canadians can still get early bird EDGE Card rates until November 21. If you buy a five or 10 days, you’ll get an extra early season day for free.