October brought natural snow to Whistler Blackcomb as the freezing elevation dropped. The resort, which is scheduled to open on Nov. 27, also unlimbered their snowmaking guns.
"Both reservoirs on both mountains are full. That's 52 million gallons of water, ready to support the snowmaking effort," said Jodie McCutcheon, Whistler Blackcomb's snowmaking manager, in an October press release at the start of the snowmaking effort.
The resort depends on its arsenal of 269 guns to supplement snow on the lower elevations of both mountains. The resort's snowmaking team annually converts over 130 million gallons of water into 650 acres of snow: the equivalent of a football field covered in snow 650 feet high. The recipe is all natural - just a mix of air and water - as the resort uses no chemicals for its snowmaking.
Snowmaking supplements deep natural coastal snowfall. The pair of mountains annually racks up 33 feet of snow.
The public can climb on lifts for both mountains starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27. The Peak 2 Peak gondola, however, will take its maiden voyage on Dec. 12. Twenty people nominated for exemplifying the spirit of Whistler Blackcomb will get the first ride before the public loads on the red cars to hop between peaks in 11 minutes.