While the smell of spring has been detected in Whistler from time to time over the past week or two the snow continues to fall drifting us deeper and deeper into the record books. Having already surpassed our average annual snowfall early in February we’ve seen no signs of the snow gods easing up. Coming off the second snowiest season on record last year with nearly 15 meters (1494cm) or 48 ft (588 inches) we are on a steady pace to crush that record. We had a record breaking February and currently sit on about 1367cm (or 538 inches) of snow with more than 2 months left in our extraordinarily long season.
However, snow falling is never the only thing happening in Whistler. This week we played host the one of the longest running Snowboard events in North America. The Showcase Showdown on March 19th saw 80 of the top riders from around the world come to compete for the 14th consecutive year. It is currently Oakley week in Whistler and they have teams all over the mountain and village hosting fun contests and handing out swag. We also just played host to GMC Cup, a head-to-head team race event between Canadian and US National team members. President’s week was a huge success and St. Paddy’s day brought families, friends, and hooligans alike together for a celebration of great snow, tons of activities, and of course green beer.
We are also proud to announce that March 12th was the busiest day in Ski Butlers Whistlers history. We had several large groups of families to fit as well as several smaller groups but with well-organized preparation and all hands on deck everything went off without a hitch and we had everyone raving about Ski Butlers exceptional service.
Coming up in April we look forward to more snow of course. As well as The Whistler Cup (a Jr. race series), the Red Bull Butter Cup Jam Session, and what is usually the biggest party of the season (unless we happen to be hosting an Olympic Games), the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. This year “Telus Fest” as it’s affectionately know by locals is celebrating its sweet 16th and the 10 day ordeal boasted as “The biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America, the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival combines Canada’s largest outdoor concert series with an eclectic mix of snow sports contests and anti-comps, fashion shows, film screenings, photography showdowns, live painting and even a dog parade. Take heed the festival motto: ‘Party in April. Sleep in May” is sure not to let down.
So that’s what has been keeping us busy. We hope you have all been having a great season as well and will come visit us soon. If we haven’t seen you by then we’ll send another update when we hit 50ft.
Brent – Ski Butlers Whistler.