A powder day- the holy grail of conditions. The euphoria experienced when shredding through fluffy powder is nothing short of heavenly and for many, it is behind some of the most epic days in their existence. With Whistler’s recent 48cms in 24 hours, the beginning of the season has seen its fair share of fresh snow. Despite its current abundance, the sanctity of a powder day is not any less. To pay homage to Ullr and to make sure maximum powder is had by all, the Powder Day commandments exist.
THOU SHALL NOT HAVE FRIENDS ON A POWDER DAY
Must. Get. Fresh. Tracks. This instinctive need to be the first to ski down a fresh blanket of snow will drive you away from the friends that “just need to get a coffee,” or “just have to use the washroom.” You will be fighting off the other powder hounds and can’t waste a second waiting on anyone that isn’t right there beside you. This erratic and seemingly selfish behavior is perfectly acceptable on a powder day because obviously, it’s snow or nothing.
THOU SHALL WAKE UP
4am? 5am? Heck, why sleep? Waiting in line requires, well, waiting. So it is imperative that you get up at the crack of dawn or earlier to take part in the frenzy to lay down fresh tracks and experience that epic, waist deep powder!
THOU SHALL NOT TAKE BREAKS
Sorry pal, no breaks on a powder day. Yes, your legs are burning and yes, you are running on empty fumes but there is powder that needs to have a pair of skis slash through it and today, that is your duty.
THOU SHALL NOT LEAVE A MAN BEHIND
But Jimmy wants to go down that run! Sorry Jimmy, group consensus says that we are going this way and safety, above all, requires that you follow. Remember kids, although powder days are filled with fun, it is important to stay together and to maintain a visual on all members of your group.
THOU SHALL TAKE TURNS
Share the fresh turns with your friends and alternate who drops in first. Contrary to the intense feeling of there not being enough powder to go around, there truly is mountains full of it.
THOU SHALL REMAIN COMPOSED
Did you find the best stash of powder on the mountain? Make sure you keep it to yourself when in a lift line up or risk it being snatched by an eavesdropper. This also goes for anyone not “feeling it”. If you’re not in the mood to shred, take whatever mood you’re in, off the mountain- There’s powder to be had, people!
The sanctity of riding a mass amount of fresh snow is not new and unspoken rules have been passed down from generation to generation, silently ensuring that everyone has maximum fun when the snow has fallen. Looking to be part of a powder day in Whistler? Don’t wait any longer to book your accommodation at Whistler Reservations, the snow if falling now!