somewhereawesome #18: Escaping the rain in the city: Whistler

Before the bad so called “PineAppleExpress” storm hit the entire pacific west coast we were lucky to get an awesome day on the Whistler mountains. We expected nothing, we just wanted to be on the hill and be outside. And it was so worth it! Glad we did it. We got some nice runs on Whistler mountain (around the area of little Whistler peak, Harmony&Emerald express and the park) and Blackcomb mountain (around Glacier Express, Crystal Ridge Express and the park).

PineAppleExpress? What? Described as a moisture-rich and powerful storm which arrives from the subtropics (Hawaiian Islands) and will keep temperatures above seasonal on the entire Pacific West Coast. Means: A lot of rain and freezing level at 2.400m! Pineapple stay where you are: In Hawaii!

Let me just quote the latest CBC news on Januar, 23:

“Conditions on Vancouver’s North Shore ski hills — Grouse, Cypress and Seymour — are about to get worse, as another Pineapple Express storm is forecast to bring balmy temperatures and heavy rain Friday. So much rain has fallen, that at one point early in the day, Cypress Mountain’s website informed skiers “we may encounter ponding of water” on the slopes. The mountain’s crosscountry ski trails are already closed because of the rain.”

I don´t want to mention my season pass for Mt Seymour which I´ve never used so far. As compensation all Seymour pass holders were offered a free ticket to Mount Wahsington on Vancouver Island even! That´s just crazy.

Let´s wait and see what is happening in February and March!