Mountain opens ahead of schedule Stop jonesing and start strapping up. By the time you read this Blackcomb Mountain will already be open for business, from today until April 25 1999. The mountain opened to the public Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sources say that Wishbone and Choker are the runs given the green light and all shredders will be happy to hear the brand new World Cup halfpipe is also open for business. The main lifts for accessing these runs are Jersey Cream and Catskinner. For uploading use Solar Coaster and Wizard. It is recommended that skiers be of advanced or intermediate level ability. "We’re excited to open up Blackcomb Mountain five days earlier than planned," says David Perry, vice president of marketing. "It couldn’t have happened without the tremendous work of our staff with a little help from mother nature. Other terrain and lifts will be open as soon as snow conditions permit." Call the snowphone at 932-4211 for updated information on conditions and access. Plans are to open Whistler Mountain as scheduled, on Nov. 25.