My my my, it’s looking good in the snow reports.
Whistler opened it’s lifts about two weeks ago and what with the Olympics on their way the only concern was whether the conditions would be right…and by God have they delivered. There is snow, snow and more snow…everywhere!!
To quote Anton Horvath, the local avalanche forecaster, “If you took your skis off outside you would literally sink to your armpits!”. By the end of November over 450cm of snow had fallen. That’s over 5m worth before the season has started. That amount equates to almost half the annual season snow fall in one hit and more than Zermatt in Switzerland had all last year.
Talking of Europe, there are definitely envious looks being cast over the Atlantic. The warm weather here has nailed the early snowfall and it is looking very sketchy to say the least. Last season was the flip of this, great early season snow while Whistler was in a snow drought. Following on from the disaster last year this year looks set to be a bumper triumph.
With the new £28m Peak to Peak cable car opened last year the resort is getting set for the Olympic arrival between 12th-28th February next year. However the strange thing about hosting the Olympics is that even though the prestige of the resort goes through the roof and the prices of the resort during the Olympic fortnight sky rocket, people tend to get cold feet about going there because they think it will be crazy busy, lots of building work and piste closures due to maintenance and “preferential treatment”.
So, should you go? If you want to go then get there early in the season as there are some fantastic deals out there. There are offers such as free upgrades, vouchers on food and drink, a few days lift passes and even some incredible price slashes. To make the most of this snow, prices and some of the best ski conditions in North America as well as being able to say that you have been to where the Olympics were, get your skis on!!
If you want to see what the conditions are like over in Whistler then have a look here:
If you want to get some more info on the winter Olympics then have a click here: