Friday, February 5, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010: Whistler Preps & Sun Shines

What’s not to like about Whistler on a sunny day? Surrounded by spectacular scenery the mountain offers a gazillion feet of vertical, terrain for every taste, great snow and a respectable array of mountainside dining options. Whistler is world class.

February 4th, eight days before the Olympics, was a sunny day and event preparation continued. Runs were being groomed for team practice. Stages were being erected in the Village. Olympic energy was in the air and a range of world languages could be heard in the streets.

We started our skiing at Blackcomb Mountain where the all lifts were open and the snow was wonderful and runs uncrowded. I tried to ski my best in case a talent scout for some small foreign team, Jamaica perhaps, was on the slope recruiting for their downhill team. Unsuccessful there we rode the Peak to Peak gondola across to Whistler Mountain and had no more success on that hill. But all the bowls were open, the visibility endless and my old body loved every minute of it.

The Peak to Peak gondola, which links the two mountains, is wrapped in superlatives; longest, highest, newest, etc. Two of the 28 cabins have a glass floor which either adds to or detracts from the experience depending on your feeling about heights. We enjoyed it.

We have skied at Whistler for over 25 years. We have seen the area mature. We have skied in rain, sleet, snow, ice, gale force winds—you name it and we have faced it. Yes, Whistler has it all and can offer anything in Mother Nature’s weather playbook.

But, that aside, what’s not to like about Whistler on a sunny day?

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