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  1. #151
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    Any sense we if might see a bit more terrain open after the snow this week? Feels like its about filled in enough to get on some of these other chairs...

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    Sample size is small so far (in terms of pow days) but does it seem like parking Creekside and taking shuttle is a viable option versus going early and trying for base 2/village day lots parking spot? Got a lot of vacation days to use this month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
    Sample size is small so far (in terms of pow days) but does it seem like parking Creekside and taking shuttle is a viable option versus going early and trying for base 2/village day lots parking spot? Got a lot of vacation days to use this month.
    probably a lot different on a snow day, but I got on shuttle Creekside just before 8 Satuday morning, village by 10 after or so, loaded gondola probably before 8:30. I think once ski out to Creekside is a bit more solid it's a no brainer for the shuttle option.

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    Whistler 22-23

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    New gondolas come wrapped like new cars, who would have thought? No operational update, other than people are working on it every time Ive passed it this last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    The really concerning thing is the last couple winters have seen above average snowfall, yet the glaciers still seem to be retreating fast. It's just too hot and dry in the summer now.
    There;s a big time lag - 5+ years - between snowfall in the accumulation zone and melting in the ablation zone. The upper glacier can be getting deeper while the leading edge is retreating or the leading edge can be advancing while the upper glacier is thinning. It's all happening in slow motion.

    You still need several years of above average snowfall to make a difference.
    If you have a problem & think that someone else is going to solve it for you then you have two problems.

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    Good point. I hadn't thought about that.

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    SE winds load the W slopesClick image for larger version. 

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    Harmony had some very nice turns this morning!

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    Crystal was nice where it was deep enough to dodge rocks and trees

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.odd View Post
    Harmony had some very nice turns this morning!
    we called our lines today the hellinga laps!

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    Here's a blast from the past. Remember when Blowhole on Blackcomb Glacier used to look like this? I took this photo in 2001.
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    May not be the best thread to ask in, but heading to Pemberton soon for a sledding course. Staying at Pemberton Valley Lodge (good god - not cheap. Where do people stay in Pemberton when travelling solo?). What is the likelihood of my sled disappearing overnight? It's an old 2016 so not exactly a head tuner but still, people will steal anything that isn't bolted down.
    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

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    Was the road actually that bad this morning or are people just morons with bad vehicles/tires/driving skills?

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    From Squamish to Whistler what's the cheapest place to sharpen skis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cocximus View Post
    From Squamish to Whistler what's the cheapest place to sharpen skis?
    Your garage, a file guide, a diamond stone, and a bastard file

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
    Was the road actually that bad this morning or are people just morons with bad vehicles/tires/driving skills?
    I left Squamish at 6am and it was just as the trucks were getting stuck on the Brohm Lake hills...short wait and then a group of us managed to sneak through and it was not great, but also fine if you were just cruising in the group at 65, of course the impatient assholes then had to try and pass in the southbound lane, one guy in a truck 2 behind me had to swerve back into northbound lane to avoid a headon....fucking idiots

    Great day on Whistler though, didn't wait in a line until after 10am, and even then wasn't really ever more than 5 minutes. deep snow, great turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
    Was the road actually that bad this morning or are people just morons with bad vehicles/tires/driving skills?
    I read a couple people on the Sea to Sky Road Conditions Facebook group say it was the worst they've ever seen it. That may be exaggeration, but you've got to figure it was pretty bad.

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    Eh Id put that down to the cars without winter tyres and the trucks without chains having to put them on in the middle of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughwindlip View Post
    Your garage, a file guide, a diamond stone, and a bastard file

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    Agreed, but the skis are bad. For once I would much rather have them go through a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    I read a couple people on the Sea to Sky Road Conditions Facebook group say it was the worst they've ever seen it. That may be exaggeration, but you've got to figure it was pretty bad.
    It was pretty messy with compacted ice and unplowed snow since the trucks on the hills were blocking the plows from getting by, but I didn't have any problems in a Rav4. I can't believe there wasn't a commercial chain up requirement in effect, saturday morning, snowfall warning with significant accumulation, and these turkeys seem to regularly make poor choices. Every other major highway in the Province manages to have regular chain up requirements for commercial vehicles, I don't understand why powers that be are so reluctant on the sea to sky, and it always seems to cause problems in these types of storms.

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    They literally do one or maybe two tire checks per winter and it almost always happens on non-snow days. Seems like an ounce of prevention could go a long way on a day like yesterday when it will obviously be a shit show.

    On the plus side highway was a breeze today and there was a lot of snow to go around. Starting a petition to keep at least one alpine lift as hike only for the rest of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaeius View Post
    They literally do one or maybe two tire checks per winter and it almost always happens on non-snow days. Seems like an ounce of prevention could go a long way on a day like yesterday when it will obviously be a shit show.

    On the plus side highway was a breeze today and there was a lot of snow to go around. Starting a petition to keep at least one alpine lift as hike only for the rest of the season.
    even the drive home saturday aft was just wet roads, almost like nothing had happened in the morning! haha

    will sign petition

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    Lesser Flute opened after a storm cycle. Snow depth approx 150cms below ridgeline but 60cms at ridgeline showing how that low density snow got moved around by wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaeius View Post
    Starting a petition to keep at least one alpine lift as hike only for the rest of the season.
    Considering the amount of shit Vail got last season all across the continent for not getting lifts open, I'd say that idea's got about a snowball's chance in hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    Here's a blast from the past. Remember when Blowhole on Blackcomb Glacier used to look like this? I took this photo in 2001.
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    why whats it look like now?

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