Say goodbye to icy cold gusting snow runs, and say hello to sun glistening corduroy runs! What more could one ask for? No crowds, high levels of Vitamin D, good friends, fun times and longer days are just a few of the benefits of spring skiing in Whistler. In fact, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the best places to go skiing in the spring. Spanning from November through mid-May, the 6-month season ensures a wide array of ski-able conditions to excite everyone. If you’re itching for some spring skiing, here are 5 reasons to plan a Whistler ski trip:
Who doesn’t enjoy catching that extra sunshine? March is known as the spring month with the biggest overall snowfall, whereas April is known for being the warmest. If you stroll around town, you’ll actually notice a handful of locals sporting the iconic “raccoon goggle tan.” (The “robber-inspired” look is often achieved by spending an immense amount of time outside on the slopes, as typically depicted by ski and snowboard instructors!) To catch rays while you make runs, don some sunscreen and hit those slopes.
Time with friends and family
Most serious adventure enthusiasts have one last chance to get their adrenaline fix on the last few sun-glistened runs and blue bird powder days. Others though often take the extra part of the season to soak up the sun while enjoying time with friends and family who may be at different ability levels. The sun’s out and everyone can come together and relax a little from the crazy winter season.
The spring days progressively become longer and Whistler Blackcomb extends its opening hours to coincide with the later-setting sunsets. More time in the day means more time on the mountain shredding up the last snow for the season with your closest friends!
Skiing and biking in the same day
Who would have ever thought this was possible? Sitting at a whopping 2,184 meters of elevation, Whistler Blackcomb’s elevation difference allows for climate variation: snow up top and warmer snow-free temperatures at the base. Whistler’s Bike Park normally opens in the months of May; however, local biking trails such as Lost Lake’s trail network are open for those wanting to get an early start on the biking season.
Whistler’s Ski and Snowboard Festival
Typically held within the first week of April, this mountain culture festival features art activities, impressive athletic competitions, endless amounts of fun and big artists like Busta Rhymes and Walk off the Earth to name a few from previous years. Lasting just over a week, this event is one on everyone’s bucket list. With a roller-derby, comedy showdowns, photography showdowns and nightly free concerts, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Craving some sun on the slopes? Try skiing in March by planning your next vacation in Whistler.