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Your Guide to Spring Skiing in Whistler

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Your Guide to Spring Skiing in Whistler

Your Guide to Spring Skiing in Whistler

Tis the season to break out the lighter jacket, slap on some sunscreen, and take part in some glorious spring skiing!

Here in Whistler, we’re lucky enough to enjoy a ski season that’s nearly seven months long. When the stormy days of winter are behind us, we don’t hang up our skis—we simply switch our powder skis for something a little narrower.

Plan Your Day

Spring skiing requires a bit of a schedule adjustment. Towards the end of April, the mountain usually pushes its opening time back from 8:30 to 10:00 or so. That should give you plenty of time to sleep in, enjoy a morning coffee, and gear up for your day on the hill.

Speaking of gear, think lighter than your usual winter ensemble, and don’t forget to layer. It can get a little chilly in the shade, but skiing in the sun will get you warmed up in no time. You probably won’t need your down-filled jacket; a waterproof shell should do the trick. Oh—and don’t forget to wear (and reapply) sunscreen. The sun can be deceptively strong, even on overcast spring days. The goal is to avoid a raccoon-shaped goggle burn.

Hit the Mountain

Mornings on the mountain in the springtime can be a little icy. Warm up your legs with a few speedy runs, and then grab a seat on an-mountain patio to enjoy the sun while the snow softens up. Once the afternoon hits, the snow will start to get a little slushy. Check out the 7th Heaven area on Blackcomb, which gets the most sun.

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If you’re up to it, the terrain parks are in optimal condition this time of year. The parks team works around the clock to ensure that features are perfectly maintained and well varied. If the idea of inverting yourself over a huge jump sounds less-than-ideal to you, then you might prefer to avoid the park—but do make time to ride the Catskinner Chair a time or two. This chair passes over the Blackcomb Terrain Park, and you’ll be kept plenty entertained watching the acrobatic athletes do their thing.

Is it Time for Apres Yet?

When you’ve had your fill of skiing in the sunshine, plot your download. The ski-out trail is maintained as long as possible: if you opt for this route, expect the run to get more and more slushy as you head towards the valley. Keep your eye out for costumed skiers: spring seems to bring out some quirky on-mountain apparel, like banana suits an retro 80s gear. If it’s too warm to ski out, you might prefer to save your skis from scratching up against rocks by taking the gondola or a chairlift back down.

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Once you’ve downloaded, your day will still be far from over. Spring skiing après is arguably the best part of the day: you’ll want to nab a spot on one of the many patios dotting the Whistler Village stroll. Bask in the sun and enjoy a cold beverage or two—they somehow taste much better with a day of spring skiing behind you.

You're Not Done Yet!

Now, here’s the real beauty about spring skiing in Whistler: even if you ski all day and stop for a drink or two, you still have hours of sunlight to fill until the sun starts to set. Whether you choose to spend your evening paddling on the lake, hitting some golf balls or strolling along the Valley Trail—the choice is yours

 
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