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Whistler Blackcomb Opens For 2016-17 Winter Season On November 23

Photo: Ruth and Dave / Flickr
Photo: Ruth and Dave / Flickr

Winter is here!

The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: Whistler Blackcomb officially opens for the 2016/2017 Winter Season on Wednesday, November 23rd.

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Whistler Mountain will begin operating one day ahead of schedule thanks to the recent temperature drop and natural snowfall at lower elevations this past week. Blackcomb Mountain is still scheduled to open on the original date of Thursday, November 24th.

“Our current base is sitting at 86cm (34in), as measured at the Pig Alley weather station on Whistler Mountain and we have received 84cm (33in) of snow since November 1. There is another 35cm (14in) to 45cm (18in) of snow in the forecast for higher elevations throughout the weekend and early next week leading up to opening day,” says Doug MacFarlane, Director of Mountain Operations at Whistler Blackcomb. “With recent colder temperatures, our snowmaking team has been able to give Mother Nature a helping hand in preparations for opening day. We know there are many skiers and snowboarders anxiously waiting for the season to start and are excited to get them out there.”

For all of you riders who wish to take advantage of the early open, there will be two gondolas uploading to Whistler Mountain on November 23rd, the Whistler Village Gondola and the Creekside Gondola, beginning at 8:30am. The last upload is at 2pm.

If you’re planning to head up to Blackcomb Mountain on November 24th, the Excalibur Gondola, the Excelerator Express, the Wizard Express, and Solar Coaster Express will begin uploading at 8:30am with the last trip at 2pm, as well.

Use caution on the mountains as there will be limited terrain available and early season hazards may exist.

Get your pre-game on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Base Camp Celebration from 7pm – 10pm, featuring a covered campfire, live music, a beer garden, prize giveaways and more!

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