This time of year, the weather can get pretty wet, grey, and dreary – these are tough conditions to contend with if you’re the type of person who likes to play outside all day, as so many Whistler lovers are.
But rainy days down in the valley typically translate to ultra snowy days up on the mountain. Just think: the more it snows, the better conditions will be on opening day. We sacrifice pleasant fall weather, knowing it will lead to many truly epic ski days in just a month or two.
In the meantime, you have to find a way to keep busy until the mountain officially opens. Here’s how Whistler locals like to make the most of the rainy days that precede an epic ski season.
Watch Ski Movies
Many love affairs with skiing begin with this familiar story: “I stumbled across an old VHS of [insert classic ski movie here] and couldn’t believe what those guys were doing – I needed to try it for myself!”
Ski movie culture is rampant in Whistler, and every year the town hosts screenings of the latest Warren Miller, TGR, and MSP films (and many more). These premieres typically involve crows of plaid-wearing, toqued locals filling the seats at the Maury Young Arts Centre, hooting and hollering every time their ski heroes charge it down a snowy run. The vibe is always electric – and there’s usually plenty of free swag to be won.
Hit the Gym
It seems that no matter how many squats you do, it will never be enough to fully prepare your legs for that first day on the mountain. But the stronger your body is, the more you will be able to enjoy lap after lap – so get to the gym!
Whistler’s gyms and fitness centres become particularly busy this time of year as athletes, both amateur and pro, squeeze in as many lunges and sit ups as possible to get their body in tip top shape. Starting out the season strong will help you prevent injuries and make the most of your time on the mountain.
Tune Your Gear
Opening Day for Whistler Mountain is schedule for November 24 – but just about every year, we get treated to an early opening. You don’t want to be caught scrambling at the last minute: get your gear ready now and you’ll be ready to go on a moment’s notice. Trust me – it’s much better to wax and ski your gear now, versus in the dark on the morning of Opening Day.
Play Outside Anyway
If you find yourself coming down with a serious case of cabin fever – just head outside! It may be wet, but there is still plenty to do outdoors. Put on a rain jacket and go for a bike ride on the Valley Trail. Channel your inner Tough Mudder and tackle a trail run. Spend an afternoon fishing in one of our neighbouring communities. Book an ATV tour and have fun splashing in the puddles.
Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing!