Season Starter: Whistler-Blackcomb Delivers Early Turns

On the day after Thanksgiving, it was raining in the village at Whistler and didn’t look all that promising.

But the village (at 2,200 feet) is one thing and the upper mountain is another.

At the top of the Whistler Gondola (6,000 feet), it was stormy and looked a lot like winter. Great coverage made for a fantastic early start to ski season during a trip to Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia.

The SkiZer hit it for two days over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while the other Americans watched football at the bar. It was stormy, pretty foggy at times, but hey, it was skiing in November. You gotta love that!

Days 1 & 2

  • Vertical: 30,000 feet
Fitzsimmons Creek roars through the lower mountain at Whistler-Blackcomb
Blue skies peeked out for a moment at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.
SkiZer gets some turns off the Crystal Ridge Express chairlift at Blackcomb.
Skiers unload on the Big Red Express at Whistler.
Fresh pow off the Jersey Cream lift at Blackcomb.
Stormy weather shuts down the Peak to Peak Tram
The Peak to Peak Tram takes 11 minutes and shuttles skiers between the two mountains.
Skiers enjoy a rare view of blue skies from the Longhorn Bar at the base of Whistler.


How I Survived My Lewis and Clark Story

Exploring the explorers sounded like a great idea. That was before the 20-degree first night of camping.

Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery traveled across Washington state in 1805, and John was lucky enough to score an assignment from 1889 Magazine to follow their path and write about it.

How’d he get through it? Lots of whiskey and a very warm sleeping bag helped immensely.

Read the story here: Following the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

Looking down on the Palouse River in the Snake River Country.
A dawn visit to the Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park near Clarkston.
A train travels over the Snake River on a high trestle.
SkiZer checks out a dugout canoe at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.
SkiZer walks the hills high above the Columbia near The Dalles, Ore.
The Stonehenge World War I Memorial at Maryhill.
Hiking at Beacon Rock State Park in the Columbia Gorge.
Finally — on the Pacific Coast at Cape Disappointment State Park.
Checking out “Clark’s Tree” on the Long Beach Peninsula.