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November 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

B.C.’s Whistler ski area opening Saturday

A skier blasts down a powdery slope in a past season at Whistler Blackcomb. (photo by Paul Morrison)

A skier blasts down a powdery slope in a past season at Whistler Blackcomb. (photo by Paul Morrison)

The Whistler Mountain half of British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb ski resort will open this Saturday, Nov. 16, the resort announced Tuesday. The opening comes 13 days earlier than originally planned, thanks to cold temperatures, natural snowfall and productive snowmaking equipment, resort officials said.

British Columbia’s Big White ski resort, near Kelowna, has also announced a Saturday opening.

With five lifts running at Whistler, skiers and snowboarders will have the option to upload from either


Comments | More in Outdoors, snow sports | Topics: B.C. skiing, Whistler, whistler opening

October 30, 2013 at 6:02 AM

New chairs near completion at Whistler (with video)

Two new chairlifts are nearing completion at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia, and an email in my inbox with video of the helicopter-assisted construction this week is a reminder of a couple of things: Snow-sports season is just weeks away — or sooner, if we get a repeat snowstorm like we saw at the…


Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: B.C. ski resorts, new ski lifts, ski season

March 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (March 15-17)

With the stock market on a party binge, did your boss finally pony up with that bonus that’s been overdue since W’s first term? So celebrate and get out of town. Here are three ideas to get you into a new place and new space this weekend.


The 57th annual Portland Roadster Show brings more than 400 highly tweaked, more-custom-than-your-fingerprints and more-detailed-than-“War and Peace” cars and motorcycles to Portland’s Expo Center this Friday through Sunday. General admission is $15, or free for kids 12 and younger, plus $8 for parking. (Stop at a Portland-area Les Schwab Tires for discount coupons.)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)


Head for British Columbia and the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival, where you can watch more than 800 Olympic and world-championship medalists go head to head at Whistler Olympic Park in biathlon, cross-country ski racing, para-nordic and ski jumping events. This is the Canadian National Championships, our northern neighbors’ last big national event in these sports before next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Spectators are


Comments | Topics: portland getaway, portland roadster show, sea to sky nordic festival

February 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Quick sales on Amtrak Cascades tickets, Whistler lodging

An Amtrak train travels along the Puget Sound waterfront. (Amtrak Cascades photo.) “Buy fast before it’s gone” sales seem to be the travel-industry strategy  these days. Regionally, both Amtrak Cascades and the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort  launched such limited-time  sales today for train travel and ski-resort accommodations, with a three-day window for buying. Sometimes the sales  can  be…


Comments | More in Northwest, Tips & deals | Topics: Amtrak, Amtrak Cascades, travel deals

February 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

What’s your favorite B.C. ski resort? (And paradise missed at Whistler)

At B.C.’s Big White ski area, there’s wide-open terrain and (usually) good snow. (Photo by Kristin Jackson / Seattle Times.)


Long, long ago my dad had the chance to be one of the early investors in what is now Whistler, the mega ski resort  in British Columbia. Back then, in the early 1960s, there was nothing there  except dankly forested mountains and bears rooting in a garbage dump (near where dozens of luxurious hotels in Whistler Village now stand). To get there from Vancouver,  in the two-tone family station wagon, had taken hours  since the last couple of dozen miles of  road was a bumpy, unpaved grind through the woods.

This will never amount to anything, my dad proclaimed, looking around at what’s  now the village and the world-class Whistler and Blackcomb ski mountains. Oops.


Comments | More in Northwest | Topics: B.C. ski resorts, skiing, Whistler

January 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

New lifts coming to Whistler (and maybe some sun this weekend)

Skiers gather in Whistler Village where lifts start for both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. (Photo by Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times.)   The massive and ever-improving Whistler-Blackcomb resort in B.C. will start construction this spring on two new chairlifts to open next season. Or boarders and skiers going north this weekend will find…


Comments | More in Northwest | Topics: Blackcomb, British Columbia, skiing