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  1. #1
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    Whistler Stoke and Conditions - 2010/11

    WB opener is finally set! Friday Nov 19th for Whistler, with Blackcomb following on Weds the 25th. Woohoo!! Bring it on you naughty little girl!!
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    That didn't take long. hahaha

    Guess i should get my gear together.

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    Doesn't look like quite the opener that last year was. But there is still a week to go

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    just the village or village and creekside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldereldo View Post
    Doesn't look like quite the opener that last year was.
    if only every year's opening could be like last November..... definitely had an unexpected day of rockless fun in VD last opening day

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    Where's this bitch known as El Nina?

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    looks like a well timed dump could be on its way
    http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts...kcomb/6day/top

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    keep making sacrifices to the almighty...all hail Ullr!

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    what the new pay parking like? Is there going to be a half-hour line to pay for parking on opening day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socialist View Post
    what the new pay parking like? Is there going to be a half-hour line to pay for parking on opening day?
    just go into lot 1-3, park, go to pay kiosk (there are tons) punch in liscence plate number, pay for parking, no need for a ticket in your car, its all based on your plate number, a vehicle with cameras drives around taking pictures of everyone's plate, and if your plate number is not in the system you get ticketed/towed.....its $8 a day in the winter, $12 in the summer....or park for free in lot 4-8 or creekside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcbud View Post
    just go into lot 1-3, park, go to pay kiosk (there are tons) punch in liscence plate number, pay for parking, no need for a ticket in your car, its all based on your plate number, a vehicle with cameras drives around taking pictures of everyone's plate, and if your plate number is not in the system you get ticketed/towed.....its $8 a day in the winter, $12 in the summer....or park for free in lot 4-8 or creekside...
    Actually only free in creekside. Probably the best place to park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalisto View Post
    Actually only free in creekside...
    Actually, you are wrong.
    "Good girls go to heaven. Bad ones go to hell. And girls on fast bikes go anywhere they want." Elena

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    So wanna be there for the opener, but my physio says I need to wait till Xmas. In recovery mode from mtb injury (rotator cuff & bicep tear).

    Any word on what the current base is right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard604 View Post
    So wanna be there for the opener, but my physio says I need to wait till Xmas. In recovery mode from mtb injury (rotator cuff & bicep tear).

    Any word on what the current base is right now?
    they're going to start posting their snow report tomorrow so should get some numbers then, at least mid-mountain. it sure looks nice from the webcam and pics on the WB site. Friday should be pretty solid
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    I went and checked out the Peak 10 days ago.
    Mellow lap down the saddle, alpine had some decent snow.West Cirque was loaded up pretty good(naturally cleaning itself) and we had some sweet turns. Once you hit treeline it was complete garbage.
    Rained up to treeline all day today.
    Alpine could be good after this cycle finishes and we get some sun next Sunday/Monday

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    Oooh, I just saw this thread having already posted in Snow in the PNW. I may be tempted to fly down for the open as we are getting nothing in Japan and it is a long weekend coming up. Would it be worth it do you think?
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    Don't get too excited guys. I love opening day, and I'm as excited as anyone, but the view from the webcam/valley is pretty decieving. I skied in the alpine on Blackcomb this week, and there isn't really all that much snow up there, especially below treeline. I'm guessing it will probably be Red and Emerald chairs only for opening day (as usual) From what I saw when I was up the other day (Wednesday), it will be OK where the snow making is, but almost completely unskiable everywhere else. Absolutely 100% rock ski conditions. It's not the white ribbon of death, but there's no need to fly in from Japan either!

    Above treeline is definately better, but even then only the glaciers are really good to go. IF (and it's a big if) conditions allow for hiking above the Roundhouse, that will be where the good skiing is. If not (avi conditions sometimes preclude any hiking on opening day) then the lower mountain will a full three ring circus.

    My prediction: Standard opening day gong show: 10 000 people trying to ski 6 runs down to Red and Green. People will ski grass, people will ski rocks. People will end their season doing something stupid the first day of the season.

    I'll be there, but I live here. I'd probably give it a miss if I had to drive from any further than Van.

    When I get up for a better look around this week I'll give you guys my standard preseason beta. Probably Wednesday or Thursday.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    same old same old
    "if it's called tourist season, why can't we just shoot them?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nesta View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    same old same old
    yeah, but watching people full on mid season charging down into trees with NO BASE never gets old. Oi mate, evah heard of deadfall? Take off those sunnies, IT'S RAINING!
    Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature... Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

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    Ahhh yes the classic W/B "Early" Opening. It should be a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    yeah, but watching people full on mid season charging down into trees with NO BASE never gets old. Oi mate, evah heard of deadfall? Take off those sunnies, IT'S RAINING!
    LOL too true
    "if it's called tourist season, why can't we just shoot them?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldo View Post
    Actually, you are wrong.


    Don't need more people filling up the free lots.

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    Since I'm living up here, I figured now is my chance to line up really really early and praise Ullr in the gondola line until opening with a bunch of friends. We'll bring a small tent, a stove, some whiskey and whatnot. Thinking midnight-ish. Hell, I don't even know if I'll ski one lap since I got a menisectomy a week ago but I just want to get up there! I assume we won't be the only ones doing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by filthyfrenchbum View Post
    Since I'm living up here, I figured now is my chance to line up really really early and praise Ullr
    Wouldn't it make more sense to do this if you didn't live up there? Just sayin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by filthyfrenchbum View Post
    Since I'm living up here, I figured now is my chance to line up really really early and praise Ullr in the gondola line until opening with a bunch of friends. We'll bring a small tent, a stove, some whiskey and whatnot. Thinking midnight-ish. Hell, I don't even know if I'll ski one lap since I got a menisectomy a week ago but I just want to get up there! I assume we won't be the only ones doing that?
    the keeners last year were there at 11pm the night before, but man has opening day gotten crazy, in 1999 my first year here, we arrived at 7am at the bottom of Wizard and we were 3rd in line, now you show up at that time and the line up is already to the Longhorn patio.....

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