Whistler closes June 8; Blackcomb Glacier opens June 9
It was feast or famine for skiers and boarders in the valley this season, with a warm fall, a crazy Christmas, extended droughts in the winter, a record March, a snowy April, and a cloudy spring skiing season almost to the end.
In total, more than 1,230 centimetres of snow fell on Whistler and Blackcomb this season, which is well above average and more than weve seen since the 1998-99 season.
Conditions are still great up top, with more than two metres of snow in the alpine, and time is running out.
Environment Canada is calling for warm weather and blue skies this weekend, Whistlers last of the season. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. on the last two days of operation.
The ski season shifts back to Blackcomb Mountain on Monday, June 9, with the opening of the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb. It will be open to the general public daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at 11 a.m. after June 19.
The public skiing aspect of the glacier will be re-emphasized this summer, according to Bob Dufour, manager of operations.
"In years past, there has been a higher focus on camp preparation rather than the public zone for our summer product," he said. "We corrected that focus this year. The camp crews have done an exceptional job as always, but we believe our public zone to be a much better product compared to previous openings."
There will be several rail pods in the public area, as well as a public halfpipe and two spine jumps, in addition to the public skiing area.
Summer glacier passes are available for $299, or $199 for passholders. The cost for day tickets varies from $21 to $42 depending on age and how many days you purchase.