I’ve been hearing that it’s unseasonably warm on top of the fact that season ends next week, so I was a bit apprehensive about how much snow I’d see and how good it would be. Sure enough, Whistler Village is looking very summery, and there’s a “compulsory download” from from the top of the main gondola, meaning there’s definitely not enough snow to ski back down to the village at the end of a day’s fun. Well the only way to know for sure was to get up there, via a beautiful tree-lined ride on that gondola.
Most of the time I was with experienced people taking it all for granted, but I just used that to pick up gossip and snow conditions. I quickly picked up that the place is awash in Aussies – second only to Canadians and a long way ahead of any other accent (mainly Brits, Kiwis, Japanese).
Happily, the snow is great. It’s patchy in places, but there are more lifts to go higher so I followed the small crowd up there. Also happily, I’m (barely) good enough to do better than just survive on blue runs, given that most of the beginner terrain is closed. It’s warm up there, and shorts turned out to be the right choice, except for sunburnt legs!
No injuries, and no particular muscles overtaxed, which is to say my entire body is exhausted. I put in a full day yesterday, and did almost as many runs today much more quickly, then decided I’d had enough mid afternoon. Early dinner, another soak in the hot tub, more (!) sleep, and I’m ready for another day tomorrow. I wonder if the weather will hold.