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!
I found the Lift Log from Mt. Seymour Mystery Peak Chair and it follows that fates above. Basically closed from early January to March 6th. Then lots of snow. But not this season.