On November 19th, at 7am, we joined the line for opening day at Whistler Blackcomb. The gondola doesn’t start uploading until 8.30am, but that doesn’t matter when you’ve been waiting for this day for six months. All that matters is that you want to be one of the first to lay a turn down on this year’s fresh snow.
Even at 7am we were easily a hundred people back. We spoke to a few folks who arrived at 5am so get the front spot at Creekside, and knew of people who were at the Whistler Village gondola even earlier. You’d think at that time most people would still be picking sleep out of their eyes, rolling up barley dressed, and hungry, but not this crowd. Fuelled by croissants, bacon sandwiches, and coffee from Dusty’s Backside and live jams from local Whistler band The McQuaids, the opening day stoke was infectious.
Here’s how opening day 2015/16 played out at Whistler Blackcomb.
7.55am and the crowds of early bird skiers and snowboarders are watching the clock. Whistler mountain officially opens at 8.30am, so they start uploading at 8.15am.
In the hurry to claim spots in the line-up, some eager beavers forget to activate their Whistler Blackcomb season pass or Edge Cards. Don’t let that be you. Double check the status of you pass using the Whistler Blackcomb app, by calling Guest Relations, or by dropping into a ticket desk.
Related post: Whistler Blackcomb 2018/2019 Winter Season Dates
Oliver McQuaid from The McQuaids strumming Johnny Cash at 7.30am. Not a bad time to get the party started on opening day!
While the sun rose, Creekside was in a shroud of darkness. But this is the imagine that greeted us as we reach the to the top of Red Chair. What a magical morning. Thank you Mother Nature, we couldn’t have done it better ourselves.
Skiiers and riders heading to the top of Emerald Chair for their first run of the season on Whistler Mountain. On November 19th Whistler opened with:
- 5 lifts – Whistler Village Gondola, Creekside Gondola, Red Chair, Emerald Chair, and Franz Chair
- 144 skiable acres
- 17 runs
- Grooming on: Whiskey Jack, Pony Trail, Porcupine, Orange Peel, Upper Bear Cub, Upper Franz’s, as well as a small terrain park at the top of Emerald Chair.
Blackcomb Mountain is all set to open on Thursday November 26th, 2015.
Opening day never goes down without a big crowd of snow-hungry locals and visitors. Whistler Blackcomb lift crews did an amazing job keeping the lines of super-stoked people moving quickly and lapping the slopes.
Whistler was on form today, we honestly don’t think we’ve ever had a better opening day experience. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the mountain was buzzing with happy vibes!
The big snowstorms, combined with the cold weather, we’ve has this week have laid down a nice solid snow base.
With a total snowfall of 155cm and another 30cm in the Whistler snow forecast for Monday November 23rd, we’re well on the way to an excellent November!