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Whistler-Blackcomb’s Early Season Too Risky for Backcountry Skiing

Whistler's Mountain's Peak Chair Lift

Ski patrollers at Whistler-Blackcomb are concerned about the possible risk of an avalanche in the backcountry and the early season risk some skiers may take in the backcountry. With 143cm of snow in the past 7 days, Whistler-Blackcomb is on high alert for potential avalanches in the backcountry alpine. Ski patrollers are concerned about this risk and the decisions some skiers or snowboarders may take on either Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain.

Although early in the season, Whistler-Blackcomb’s cumulative snowfall nearly double in the past week creating cause for concern in the alpine with the snow covering of hidden obstacles. Whistler-Blackcomb’s backcountry needs about another 75-100cm snow before some of the logs, creeks, and other obstacles may disappear from sight. With skiers potentially going into the trees in the lower valley sections, there are a lot of hidden and unmarked dangers that will lurk just beneath the snow covered surface.

High Avalanche Risk in the Sea-to-Sky Region…

Avalanche on Whistler-Blackcomb in the backcountry

Instagram user, luiscuma, caught an avalanche in action while in Whistler.

A lot of Whistler’s lower elevations have not received the same amount of snow that the alpine has received, causing enthused and curious skiers or boarders to go into the alpine to go ski touring. Even though the high alpine lifts are closed, this hasn’t stopped some adventurous skiers and boarders from seeking the thrills of the high alpine and backcountry. Over the weekend, Canadian Avalanche Centre increased the risk of avalanche in the Sea-to-Sky alpine area, including Whistler-Blackcomb, to high and considerable everywhere else.

Although Whistler-Blackcomb is one of the most sought out ski resorts to visit in North America, we want to ensure that all our guests have a safe trip while enjoying Whistler’s winter wonderland. This means that you should stay away from any backcountry skiing and staying within the boundaries marked by Whistler-Blackcomb. Our Whistler owners have fantastic vacation properties, but we’re pretty sure that they too would also prefer to see you outside enjoying yourself rather than nursing any potential injuries inside.

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