Sky high at Whistler

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Spent the better part of today shusshing through about a foot of fresh powder on Blackcomb Mountain, in Whistler, B.C., Canada. Although the base is thin, the skiing was mighty fine, for what was open. Snow instability (translated=avalanche danger) kept most of the upper mountain closed, which put quite a bit of traffic on the lower slopes. Still, we managed to find some quiet trails and nice powder on the sides.

Two highlights: First the waffle at the Crystal Hut. The hut, a classic log cabin at the top of Crystal Lift, is a cozy spot to break for a quick lunch. The menu is simple, but the reason most folks go is for the waffle, topped with berries and chocolate and maple syrup AND whipped cream ($10). Heaven!

Second highlight, riding the new Peak 2 Peak gondola, which bridges Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Its an amazing lift, that higher than the Empire State Building (gulp) and the span between supporting pillars on either peak is longer than the Golden State Bridge (gulp again). Kinda freaky, not a good choice for anyone fearful of heights (especially on a windy day: It runs in winds up to 50 mph.). The ride was very smooth and quiet; the sensation was a bit like floating.

Want to read more about Whistler and the 2010 Oympics? Read my article in the current issue of Via.