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Whistler-Blackcomb 2012-2013 Official Opening on American Thanksgiving Weekend

Whistler Blackcomb Glacier Official Opening American Thanksgiving Weekend

Whistler Mountain opened on Saturday, November 19th to a large excited crowd ready to hit the slopes for the 2012-2013 season. They even had some snowboarders wait outside the entrance for 23 hours before opening! Although Whistler Mountain opened this past Saturday, November 22-25th marks the official winter season kick off for both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain as the resort welcomes hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans for their annual Thanksgiving long weekend.


Whistler Opening Week Snow Forecast…

Whistler Mountain on opening day

Photo taken by Circa_1983

For the past month, snow crews at Whistler-Blackcomb have been working around the clock to get the mountain ready for this year’s snow season. While Whistler Mountain had several lifts open, including its main Emerald Express, Big Red Express, and Franz’s Chair, this week’s Whistler snow report will bring a large amount of fresh snow to the higher elevated mountains guaranteeing that most major lifts will be open for skiing or boarding on the Americans Thanksgiving weekend. In the past 24 hours alone, Whistler has received 25cm of fresh snow, with forecasts expecting another 2-15cm of snow per day on the mountain. With an early snow depth of 89cm, this week’s forecast could potentially mean a snow base of 150cm on Whistler-Blackcomb by opening weekend.

Whistler Safety Advice…

However, although there is a lot of snow in the forecast, please be aware that this is still early in the ski season and it’s best to avoid any backcountry or risky ski behavior. For all our guests, including Americans visiting for the Thanksgiving long weekend, make sure you consider wearing a ski helmet for your own safety. In the United Kingdom, travel insurer, Essential Travel, now requires that ski helmets be mandatory for anyone looking to buy travel insurance when leaving the UK. If you chose not to wear a ski helmet at Whistler-Blackcomb, you may end up not getting medical coverage. It’s best to check with your travel insurance provider before leaving for Whistler to ensure that you know the rules of coverage in case of any medical emergencies that arise on your skiing holiday.

If you’re planning a last minute American Thanksgiving weekend trip, there are still lots of Whistler vacation rentals available who would love to host you and your family for what is expected to be a great weekend of skiing in Whistler-Blackcomb to kick of the winter season.