(Photo: Tourism Whistler/ Mike Crane)
We’ve reached the time of year when sun and snow come together to create the perfect conditions for epic spring skiing on the mountain. Whistler is renowned for receiving some of its biggest snowfalls in late winter and spring amounting to powder conditions, bluebird days and T-shirt weather. Whistler Mountain is open until April 17th and Blackcomb until May 23rd, so there are still plenty of calendar days to get your turns in before summer is here. It’s time to get excited- there is so much to love about Spring Skiing in Whistler.
The snow conditions
In early spring it’s not uncommon to see huge dumps of snow, followed by bluebird days. Due to high precipitation levels on the West Coast of BC, and freezing temperatures still at higher elevations Whistler Blackcomb often receives some of its biggest snowfalls in March and April (as of March 10th 2015 we’ve accumulated nearly 200cm this month bringing the total accumulation to 1070cm!). As spring progresses and the temperature warms, snow conditions become buttery and soft giving way to easy turns, T-shirt weather and fun for the whole family.
Ahhhh glorious sunshine- how we have missed you. There is nothing better in the world, then centimetres of fresh snow followed by big blue skies. Add to this + double digit temperatures and we have classic spring skiing defined. Make sure to layer up, as the days will start chilly and began to thaw as the sun strengthens. Swap the goggles for sunglasses, lather up with sunscreen and prepare for a long day- as daylight hours are now peaking.
The mountain vibe
Have you noticed how the vibe of an entire town can change when the sun is out? Add to this a mountain playground of snow and everyone is in la la land. Spring skiing isn’t as serious or stressful as winter skiing can be. The lift lines are less of an issue, the competitions with others and ourselves has subsided, it’s just fun, sun and snow to contend with. Legendary snowboard photographer Dano Pendygrasse explains “spring is when Whistler culture really finds its speed—hormones are rushing, people are showing some skin.” Bring on the springtime!
Springtime in Whistler hosts a smorgasbord of parties. On the mountain the fun and upbeat atmosphere is the precursor for the après ski parties that follow. Across the Village people are spilling from sun drenched patios as they down copious amounts of nachos, poutine, Caesars and beer- well-earned after a long day on the slopes. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival is on for two weeks in April which is the resort’s biggest festival of the year celebrating mountain culture at its finest. Two weeks of on-mountain ski and snowboard competitions, great live music, activities and events for all ages. GO Fest in May is a celebration of everything outdoors- where the summer and winter seasons collide into one gigantic springtime celebration.
There is so much to be excited about in springtime. As the days get longer, the snow gets softer and the parties get bigger let’s embrace Whistler’s top notch mountain culture and ride out the season in style. If you don’t live in Whistler and want to join the fun, check out our last minute accommodation specials and see you in Whistler!