Happy First Day on Whistler Mountain

Chris Wheeler

Happy First Day on Whistler Mountain

Check out these amazing photos and videos from opening day on Whistler Mountain, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017


“I'm out of shape, my legs are burning," yells Chris Wheeler, aka @ApresWheeler, as he rips down Whistler opening day, Nov. 17.

Oh yeah, the first day on the slopes - you gotta love it.  And, regardless of what shape Wheeler was in –he wasn't going to miss opening day.

"“I grew up skiing Whistler and as a kid, I skied the mountain with my dad who was a member of ski patrol,"” says Wheeler.

So, this wasn't Wheeler's first opening, but he says it is certainly one of the best.

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"“Since that crazy 2007/08 season, I have not seen this much snow up here, so early. It's the best coverage I have seen on Whistler in over a decade. To be skiing powder on the first run of the first day of the season on Whistler is pretty epic.”"

Chris, (@ApresWheeler) is stoked on opening day!

Whistler has been buried in snow this past few weeks, seeing just short of 200 cms of snow in the past seven days. It's winter 360 on the mountain, with a mid-mountain base of 182 cms (that's six feet of snow).

Whistler Blackcomb
Chris Wheeler

“You know the usual early season scenario, you might see some little trees or sticks (some call ‘em snow snakes”) come through? There is none of that up here, its full-on winter,” says Wheeler.

Consider Whistler Blackcomb’s snow history page to see how years compare.

As a long-time local, Wheeler is pretty thrilled with the excitement around opening day, “The overall stoke was nuts this morning, it makes me wonder if anyone actually works in Whistler?!”

“You know this feeling. I get it every year. Looking out over the mountain on that first ride on the chairlift, I got giddy, with an inhale and an exhale of emotion. Being back on the skis is such a good thing.”

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Everything is open on Whistler except Alpine for now and watch for Blackcomb’s opening November 23rd. Find out what Whistler has planned to kick off the season on November 24th day here.

For more on Whistler’s snow history, have a look at this WB.com webpage showcasing year’s past.

Whistler Blackcomb
Chris Wheeler

There's more snow is on the way, so there will plenty to go around for those of us who are heading up soon.

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Get planning and head over to www.WhistlerBlackcomb.com for more.

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