Here in Whistler, a powder day is as good as gold. It’s the reason many alarms get set before dawn, that skis are tuned tirelessly, and that gortex is considered a best friend. But a big part of its pricelessness is that we all know how fast it can change. Sometimes the weather can be the determining factor between light fluffy pow and cement. Other times, it can be because everyone else got their first. In that case, if you want untracked turns, pillowy tree lines, deep cornice drops, steep chutes, soft groomers and other snowy good times, you have to know where to look. So pay attention, we’re going to let you in on where the goods are and how to find Whistler’s secret powder stashes.
Xiggy’s Meadow on Blackcomb is an untapped gold mine. It’s somewhat out of the way and usually the last place on many enthusiasts minds. The openness of this area allows for massive turns and prolonged weightlessness. So the next time a dump of snow hits Whistler, head right in Xiggy’s direction.
The Symphony Amphitheatre is part of a group of bowls known as the steep and deep. This area used to only be accessible by hiking but as of 2007, you can take the chairlift. Drop in at the top and enjoy some wide turns then tuck into the trees and it’s face shots galore. Since it is a bowl, this area takes a bit longer to open on a pow day, but when it does, you’re guaranteed to get the goods.
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the main run on a powder day. A steep west classic, Franz’s Run is a particular favorite. Here, you can enjoy soft turn after turn all the way down. Then it’s on to the chair and up for some more!
A whole lot of snow means that the ski patrol has their work cut out for them. This can lead to a delay in opening the Peak Chair but if it does start running, make sure you are in that lineup. A view might be the last thing on your mind but it does make a nice addition to the epic ride down.
Skiing powder is why many travel to Whistler and trust us, there is no shortage of it, you just have to know here to look. Now that you know where to go to find untracked lines, you can sleep in but not too much, there’s only so much time to get those laps in!