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Gonzo
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12/09/2018 4:20 pm  

Good idea or nah? First time travel to Canada. 

Would have preferred Feb, but getting time off work is a bit difficult that time of year. Initially planned for Japan, but recent earthquakes in Hokkaido, combined with the Fukushima business have the wife a bit nervous. 

So we're considering a mid-April Whistler trip to take advantage of easter & public holidays. 

That's firmly Spring - in April does that mean soft or slush? 


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12/09/2018 4:32 pm  

hit or miss in my experience in terms of snow level that time of year in the PNW.  I've had some fun groomer days but more often I've been accepting riding in soupy humid fog and rain.  How close to the proposed travel dates can you make the decision?

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13/09/2018 8:17 am  

I've only been to Whistler once, but it was in late March a couple of years ago. Whistler is so big & there's enough elevation change between the village and the upper mountain that there were 3 distinct climate zones on the mountain. The lower 3rd was super slushy/soupy, middle third varied throughout the day depending on temps etc., like a normal mountain, and the upper 3rd held great snow & we got a few CM of new a couple of times.

I would imagine in April the bottom 3rd would be larger than the top 3rd, but there will still be fun times to be had.


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13/09/2018 9:33 am  

^ true dat; I've had some sneaker days way up top even when its been wet and warm in the bottom third.  I've even gotten a few cm's up top and had to download the gondola to get to the village.  It's just more of a gamble than peak season 

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13/09/2018 10:03 am  

Even if the conditions aren't awesome, it's still a super fun mountain. The village is also pretty cool. I would happily plan a trip to Whistler in April, though I wouldn't expect to be riding any fresh snow.


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13/09/2018 11:40 am  

There's always the chance of a late season storm, but in general it will be slushy below mid-mountain and variable up higher. They hold the Telus Festival every year in mid-late April, which means free live outdoor concerts and alot of tourists (for that late in the season). Plenty of other activities you and your fam can get into, not to mention the best village of any mega-resort in North America. Have already been up there 5 times this Summer, and heading up there again this weekend in fact...


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13/09/2018 6:09 pm  

ok cool. 

expect soft snow up top, slushy at the bottom. offs of fresh snow low, odds of sunshine high.  

safe to expect there's likely enough snow depth and number/length runs etc. to have fun up top?

What's the temp shift like between the top and village?


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14/09/2018 4:35 pm  
Posted by: Gonzo

ok cool. 

expect soft snow up top, slushy at the bottom. offs of fresh snow low, odds of sunshine high.  

safe to expect there's likely enough snow depth and number/length runs etc. to have fun up top?

What's the temp shift like between the top and village?

all that sounds correct except the odds of sunshine. it is the PNW. it very well could be sunny at the top, overcast in the middle, and clear but gray (not sunny) at the bottom. temp shift could be completely dependent on the weather of the day. if you're concerned about what to ride in, shell pants and jacket should be fine, and maybe bring something to layer under just in case, but it depends on if you run hot or cold too. i haven't been to whistler nearly as many times as others on here though.

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