Natural snowfall and manmade snow allow change of schedule.
Whistler Mountain, part of British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, will open Nov. 19, a week ahead of schedule, the resort announced Thursday.
Favorable early-season conditions, including natural snowfall and good temperatures for snowmaking, have enabled the change of plans. The Blackcomb Mountain portion of the resort will stick to its planned opening day of Nov. 26.
“Since Nov. 1, we have received 98 centimeters [38.5 inches] of natural snow as measured at our Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain and we have another 45 centimeters [18 inches] to 75 centimeters [29.5 inches] in the forecast at higher elevations over the next few days,” Doug MacFarlane, director of mountain operations at Whistler Blackcomb, said in an email. “What Mother Nature has brought us so far has been complemented by our snowmaking team, who have converted over 26.5 million gallons of water into snow since the start of November.”
Whistler expects to operate five lifts on opening day, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair.
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MacFarlane reminded skiers to be wary of early-season conditions and stay within the operational area marked by ‘temporary boundary’ signs.
For Washington State and Oregon residents, Whistler Blackcomb offers the EDGE card, priced for adults at $71 (U.S.) if purchased before Nov. 23 for a single day use of lifts (greater discount for multiple days). Later in the season, the walk-up price for single day tickets will be $125 (Cdn), or about $94 U.S. More information: whistlerblackcomb.com/save.