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Whistler-Blackcomb

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Another early flight, 8:30 am or so.  Connected through San Francisco with just a 90 min or so layover.  In Vancouver we had to wait something like 45 minutes for the bus to run us up to Whistler.  Apparently, some government inspector was being nitpicky and wouldn't release the bus to come pick us up.  The bus was clearly in good shape, but he was holding out for some paperwork.  Eventually, it showed up.

Me 177 cm, Bruce 185? cm, Christy ???, Scott Warren 177 cm, Rosy 185?

The conditions on the bottom half of the mountains sucked, hard.  You can't really tell from these pics, but the first day the snow at the bottom was slushy, like a slurpee.   Very wet and heavy.  It was tiring and easy to catch a ski tip and fall.   We actually got rained on while skiing back to the condo the first day, which is a first for me.  After the first day it got cold enough that the slushy stuff froze, and it was nearly all ice getting back to the condo.

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Another from the bottom

We skied Blackcomb the first day.  The snow was better at the top.  Plenty good enough.  But it was very cloudy, and on one section there was a very strong wind.  At one point, it felt like I was zipping along a catwalk pretty quickly through the cloud, and I was afraid to go much faster because I couldn't see very far.   Then I looked down at my skies and realized I was probably only moving about 5 mph.   That was actually kind of bizarre.

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Blackcomb from Whistler Whistler from bottom
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Cloudy Bruce and Rosy Mighty & Bruce
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Mighty skiing Wisp of cloud going by

 

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Bruce and Rosy

Scott

Looking off the top of the gondola

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Ski lift against landscape

Zooming in.  Not really all that busy.  I'm pretty sure this is Harmony Express on top half of Whistler

In line, immediately after the previous pics

Scott, Christy and Bruce

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Chairs ahead against mountain

Looking at a black run

 

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Credit: Bruce
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Credit: Rosy

Arm length shot

Top of Whistler

With Blackcomb in the background

This might have been taken by Rosy at almost the same time as the previous one by me

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Credit: Rosy?
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Credit: Rosy
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This was on Bruce' camera.  I guess Rosy or Scott must have taken it Um, yeah.  So this is Christy's boyfriend After one of Rosy's meals, I guess
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Looking over his shoulder Giant Scott (actually, short trees)
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Basking in the sun 70.7 mph.  Wow
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Ziptrek

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The Pagoda Hat

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Some skiing

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Bruce and Christy Bruce kicking up some snow.   I feel compelled to lament the gorgeous shot I missed with a bigger cloud of snow backlit behind him. Rosy Rosy

And some lying around

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Making Yellow Snow Scott avoiding them making Yellow Snow Cameraman Rosy
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The T-Bar lift Odd snow encrustation
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GPS breadcrumbs

Landscapes

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A couple of pans:

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To Blackcomb: ToBlackcombPan1.jpg (63974 bytes) ToBlackcombPan2.jpg (68928 bytes) ToBlackcombPan3.jpg (54617 bytes) ToBlackcombPan4.jpg (44425 bytes) ToBlackcombPan5.jpg (40203 bytes) ToBlackcombPan6.jpg (51769 bytes) ToBlackcombPan7.jpg (44005 bytes)
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The trip home

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Snow-covered wing Deicing another plane

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