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Blackcomb Opens!

November 24th and Blackcomb mountain opens. The snow's building up here in Whistler and there's lots of exploring to do on both mountains. Rails, jumps, and pipes are being built in the parks, and it's looking like another big winter.

Here's Pro Ride coach Lisa smashing pow lines on Blackcomb's first day.


Whistler's open.

The most anticipated day of the year around the Pro Ride office is Whistler's opening day. And it's finally here. November. 18th, 1 week earlier then planned. With Red chair hit runs, and the Green chair park going, the day couldn't have been better. Yay! to another amazing season.

Opening day 2011/12 from ProRide Snowboard Camps Whistler on Vimeo.

First shred day 2011

Coach Duncan couldn't wait for the mountain to open, so a small hike was in order. He went for snowshoe up Meadow mountain for his first turns of the season. After the first run of the season the hill just can't open soon enough!

EMBEDDED: Pro Freeskier Mike Douglas to live atop Whistler Blackcomb this November

This November, professional freeskier Mike Douglas will document Whistler Blackcomb’s transition to winter living at the patrol shack atop Whistler Mountain. Armed only with his computer, his camera and a sleeping bag, the "Godfather of Freeskiing" will document the inside story behind what it takes to open the Whistler Blackcomb ski area for the season.“Embedded is a once in lifetime experience. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to step right inside winter at the beginning of the season when the stoke level is at its highest point,” says Douglas. “It will be a challenge to document the experience, but it's the kind of challenge I love. I can't wait to get up there.” Douglas will head up the mountain 6 days before opening day in November.

Early Season Pow Lines on Blackcomb

WHISTLER, BC, October 7, 2011– Pro Skier Callum Pettit, pro snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll and the “Godfather” of freeskiing Mike Douglas, skied and rode on Blackcomb Glacier yesterday enjoying some very early season powder turns. “Being able to ski this early in the season is unbelievable” said Callum Pettit “I can’t wait for Whistler Blackcomb to open.” The three athletes were joined by videographer Jeff Thomas and legendary ski photographer Paul Morrison, who were able to capture some footage of the incredible conditions. La Nina, the weather system to thank for this early blast of snow, brought 1,567cm (617 inches) of snow last year, which was the second snowiest season in Whistler Blackcomb’s recorded history. Meteorologists are calling for another La Nina weather pattern this winter. La Niña – What is it?

  • The La Niña weather pattern typically means cooler than normal temperatures and consistent heavy precipitation during the winter months.

What does this mean for Whistler Blackcomb skiers and riders?


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