When talking about a lack of snow in the valley, Whistlerites often recall the winter of 1976/77 which was undoubtedly the worst season since Whistler Mountain opened for business.
The snow, Whistler’s most valued winter guest, was seen only rarely in the neighborhood that year – but made it to the front page of the Whistler Question every week. In November 1976, the Whistler Question was still a “youngster”. Only six months old, Whistler’s local weekly paper consisted of not much more than ten text heavy pages stapled together.
Grab yourself a coffee, and check in for a time travel. We take you back to the five-month snowflake hunt of 1976/77, which came as a severe shock to the round 500 Whistlerites that lived in the valley at that time and have never considered snow-making before.
November 24, 1976 : Think Snow!
December 1, 1976: First consequences
December 22, 1976: A little Christmas miracle?
January 12, 1977: One last defiant struggle…
January 19, 1977: The unbelievable happens
January 26, 1977: Frozen Alta Lake becomes the new center of life
February 2, 1977: Time for superstition
February 9, 1977: The first snow gun arrives in the valley
March 16, 1977: Guess what…
And the moral of the story? Patience wins March powder glory!