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Spring is Here

March 31, 2011

Wow, does time fly.  I can’t believe it is the end of March/beginning of April.  You don’t even have to look at a calendar to know that its spring.  Walking to the hill from my house you see the snow on Fitzsimmons Creek disappearing, people are getting their spring tires put on their cars, the cross-country trails getting ever more slushy, the lack of snow on the trees and the snow banks shrinking showing off the winter full gravel that it has been hiding.

I’m not going to lie, spring isn’t my favor in the village but it is one of my favorites on the hill.  We have been lucky this year with snow (the amount of coverage still is incredible) and the freezing level has stayed low enough to keep the skiers happy and the people ready to hop on their bikes happy in the village.  I’ve already taken my bike out to commute to the village.  This is also the time of year where the season has worn on us just a wee bit and we are planning a spring vacation before the summer season begins.  I, for the first time ever I’m actually going somewhere, Mexico for a whole week!  What the coolest part of that is, I’m going to be skiing right before I leave.  Ski clothes one day, bikini the next.

Whistler Blackcomb (as far as I know) has one of the longest “winter” seasons in North America.  Opening American Thanksgiving (November) or earlier to Whistler open till April 25th and Blackcomb open till May 23rd.  I’ve lived here a long time and skiing in May is still pretty cool to me.  Then Blackcomb reopens for summer glacier skiing at the end of June to end of July (snow pending).  So in one day you can go for a morning bike ride, go skiing and then hit up the golf course/bike some more in one day.  So just because the spring flowers are out and the temperatures are warming don’t be afraid to rock up to the hill with a t-shirt and sunscreen the ski season isn’t over yet.


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