Opening Day 2016 – the gates have officially parted. Whistler Blackcomb fired up its lifts on Whistler Mountain this morning to the delight of thousands of shred-ready skiers and snowboarders. Some participated in the The North Face’s overnight basecamp event in Skier’s Plaza, others rose early and stumbled into line before the sun came up. With 26cms of snow overnight, the early birds were rewarded with more than a few face shots.
Despite the great snow for opening day and more in the forecast, conditions are still very much early season. Venturing off piste can yield some great pow turns, but usually ends with cross ditch or creek crossing. Small trees are not covered yet, nor are a lot of rocks in the alpine. Keep it conservative and stay safe! There’s plenty of the season left and we’ll keep you updated as conditions for backcountry skiing improve.