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Cloud Seas - Whistler-blackcomb

This site started off as a one-stop weather page for my own neurotic checks of the weather and conditions. I've continued to add comments and photos from ski trips in the Cascades (mostly Mt. Hood - my own backyard) and some points further afield - a way to recall past trips and jones for the next one... The Pacific Northwest possesses a lifetime of opportunities, and there are many others with whom I share a passion for backcountry skiing and inspiring views. A quick web search will easily link you to trip reports or resources that either inspired me to go to these places or inspire me to return.

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Whistler/Blackcomb is a huge complex consisting of two large peaks, each with 5,000’+ feet of vertical rise from the base. In terms of acreage, Whistler is the largest in North America. Breckenridge, which I skied and thought was pretty huge, looks tiny by comparison. The highlights of the resort for me were the variety and quantity of off-piste terrain, including giant bowls, chutes, and steeps; the Peak-2-Peak gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb, a real technological marvel; and the incredible views of the surrounding Coast Range and Garibaldi Provincial Park.

The weather was pretty much sunny with moderate wind – no new snow fell, but the hardpack conditions weren’t too icy and tended to soften up in the ample sun. The groomers were in great shape although the snowpack is pretty much just man-made ribbons until 1,000+’ above the base.

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