Whistler Blackcomb will be opening six days ahead of schedule on Friday, November 17. A streak of cold temperatures allowed for prime snowmaking conditions and with a favourable weather forecast calling for 50 centimetres of snow in the next three days, the decision to open Whistler Mountain was made.
“We couldn’t be more excited about opening Whistler Mountain early again this season. Our snowmaking and operations teams have been working extremely hard to get the mountain ready for guests,” says Pete Sonntag, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Whistler Blackcomb.
“Their efforts, along with the natural snowfall we are expecting throughout the week made our decision to open early easy.”
When Whistler Mountain opens on November 17, it will have five lifts in operation, including the Whistler Village Gondola, the Creekside Gondola, Emerald Express, Big Red Express and Franz’s Chair. Skiers and Riders will be able to access 20 runs or 600 acres of terrain with a base of one metre at our weather station at Pig Alley. Blackcomb Mountain will open, as scheduled, on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
“With all the excitement of opening day, we want to remind guests early season conditions will apply, especially off piste,” says Doug MacFarlane, Senior Director of Mountain Operations.
“It is important to obey all mountain signage, ski and ride on open runs only and stay within the operational area marked by boundary signage.”
Beginning November 16, Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow Report will be updated daily throughout the season and can be accessed online.