Me Skiing On Blackcomb Glacier
Originally uploaded by Joe Shlabotnik.
Doreen Boarding On Symphony Bowl
Originally uploaded by Joe Shlabotnik
Blackcomb Mountain, British Columbia, March 11, 2006 - It figures that the first completely gloriously sunny day we had all week at Whistler-Blackcomb would be Saturday, our last day. Still, we can't complain at all. The sun was in and out of the fog on Friday, and it snowed pretty much nonstop - 6 to 12 inches or so per day - Monday through Thursday. Great conditions, lousy visibility. And when you're in a jaw-droppingly beautiful wide-open bowl such as Blackcomb Glacier, you want all the visibility you can get. A mile wide and more than three miles long, with an extra three-mile runout at the end, a four-thousand-foot drop, and no civilization in sight, it's our most favorite place to ski in the world. Not that we've skied everywhere in the world, but I'm confident it's hard to beat.
The rest of Whistler-Blackcomb is fantastic, too - two immense mountains linked by a cute and extremely well-designed pedestrian-friendly village. We went with a group organized by our local ski shop, which was not only cheaper than we could have done it on our own, but we got to meet and hang out with some nice people, which made me happy, because as a friend recently pointed out (on a recent ski trip, coincidentally), I like collecting friends.
And of course we want to go back next year - I mean, we were only there for six days. And seven days last year. And seven days three years ago. We still feel like we haven't done everything...
(PS - here are a couple hundred photos from my trip, in case you want to see more.)