Thirteen Years Since The End Of Skiing At Whistler

Thirteen years ago, this New York Times reader announced that skiing is a thing of the past at Whistler, due to global warming.


The last four seasons they have had 432″, 506″, 313″ and 373″ of snow.

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17 Responses to Thirteen Years Since The End Of Skiing At Whistler

  1. ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N says:

    Skiing is like surfing – not a viable form of transport. But unlike surfing, only if the topography’s flat. Skiing is cold, pointless and expensive. Worse if you live in a region inundated with snow almost constantly. Summer is everyone’s favourite. The only use the planet has for frozen water is in whiskey.

    • Stewart Pid says:

      Skiing is the most fun you can have with your boots on!!
      – 3 C here and snowing for the third straight day …. GLO-BULL warming my cold snowy ass.
      Some of the snowfall reports in southwest Alberta yesterday where pretty impressive with pictures of 20 to 35 cm and it has just kept pounding down for the latest 24 hours and is to continue until mid day Monday. Lots of records are falling in snowmaggedon.
      These webcams will go live in about 2 hours but it looks like about 15 cm at 4 PM yesterday

      • Scissor says:

        Stewart, that’s a great way to describe the joy of skiing! For me, it’s a fun exercise that gets the blood pumping and tones a wide range of muscles, as well as the mind.

        There is no question that it’s a fossil fuel intensive sport, with most of the energy consumption being transportation related.

        Have you been to Revelstoke? Nice mountain.

      • rah says:

        “Skiing is the most fun you can have with your boots on!!”
        Close in my book but things like flying nap of the earth in a helicopter, jumping from an aircraft, etc are just as fun though much shorter lived generally.

    • rah says:

      Alpine touring is most certainly is a viable form of transportation. Saying it not is like saying walking is not an effective way of getting from point A to point B. It allows people to go where no terrestrial mechanical forms of transportation can get to. Put skins on the skies and they become in effect skinny snow shoes allowing ascents on inclines and through vegetation that would not be possible with snowshoes. On more level terrain when in a group the lead skier is breaking trail and be working the hardest but still using far less energy to move than would be the case on foot or with snowshoes while those behind following in trail behind are using much less energy. Having done many hundreds of miles carrying heavy rucksacks through rough terrain I will tell you that a proficient skier with a heavy ruck will use far less energy and be able to move much faster than a person trying to walk or snowshoe in the same conditions.

  2. Noel Herron says:

    Snow is great fun for those that have the money and the time to play in it. For the rest of us its bloody tiresome . Wading in snow drifts to get feed to animals, trying to keep pipes from freezing so that animals get enough water, carrying water is heavey work . Pricking out horse hooves when they are packed with ice is a great pastime. Oh yes not forgetting snow burn and blindness casused by wind blown snow and ice , and of course must not miss the fun of frostbite. I see Canada is already expecting snow storms and they expecting some of the mountain passes to be closed. It very early this year, global warming seem to have missed me , missed Canada and gone to the states what do you think Tony. Or am I suffering delusions!

    • ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N says:

      Precisely. For those of us that have better things to do with our lives (like having to go to work), snow and ice are simply impediments.

      • Rah says:

        Certain crops, such as blue berry plants, need snow cover as insulation during the winter to protect them from extreme cold snaps. Snow caves have shielded many a person, including me, from severe cold and wind-chill.

        • David A says:

          Snow covered land is very beautiful as well. That has value.

          • rah says:

            There is nothing like the beauty and magnificent silence of a snow laden wilderness. The sound dampening snow enhances the feeling of isolation. Once one gets comfortable in the cold and does not allow it to make one hunch up their shoulders and withdraw within themself and instead embrace their surroundings it concentrates the mind in a unique way.

      • rah says:

        My work now is driving. I hate winter weather when working. Not just because of the road conditions but also because of the danger from other drivers. But having been an Alpine and cold weather warrior I appreciate the beauty of snow and I will tell you that operating in cold snowy wildernesses for days on end, living out of a rucksack without the benefit of any heat source other than a little back packing stove, concentrates the mind over a long period like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. Even the simplest tasks have to be thought out and preplanned before one starts to perform them.

  3. Mohatdebos says:

    What is this about snow storms in Canada this early. I thought Canada was warming faster than any other place in the world and “Climate Barbie” was concerned that children would not be able to skate and play hockey in backyard ponds.

  4. rah says:

    Stick of truth at Grand Targhee near Grand Teton.
    Light snow as I post this.

  5. Jeff Jagster says:

    Link to Webcam at Whistler. Lots of snow for September. Probably be a great season.

  6. Lance says:

    Snowing like mad here in southern alberta….Tru-doh’s taxes have worked very effectively, and it’s bloody cold now….we need to rescind those taxes and let it warm up again.

  7. Dave White says:

    I skied Whistler this past January. It was fine and plenty of snow.

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