It is always a thrill for me to see Whistler improve the experience for locals and visitors alike.
What has moved me to pen the following is a result of feeling like I have gained the status of having personal groomers. No, I do not have a pet and no one buffs my nails, although I am in constant need of overall buffing.
My personal groomers are the ones we as skiers, downhill, cross-country and boarders seem to take for granted. I am referring to the men and woman who, given a workable snow base can, using the capabilities of state of the art snow grooming equipment and often many years of honed skills, produce endless acres and kilometres of seamless corduroy. The constant superior product that these professionals put on display at their respective venues every day is too often overlooked.
Year by year Whistler Blackcomb has expanded and improved the grooming and the start to this season is no exception. First tracks on top to bottom runs of corduroy covered by any number of centimetres of fresh light powder this past month gives one the felling that my personal groomer has indeed dialed in my preference. Maybe you share a similar preference.
Peak to Creek "buffed and then powdered" Priceless — notwithstanding Powder's picks.
The RMOW has also upped the standard of grooming in Lost Lake Park this season by pushing the trail widths to the maximum to better accommodate the classic tracks and the skate lane. Once the snow began to fall in earnest, the municipal crews were busy preparing for the cross-country opening and it shows. Again I have been most fortuitous as I have on a number of occasions so far this season had the skate track in front of me undulating with fine unblemished corduroy. In other words I was left feeling like I do have a " personal groomer."
It is also very gratifying to see that virtually every biking and hiking trail in Lost Lake Park is being utilized by the snowshoe set.
Thank you groomers all for making me feel, and I am sure countless others, that they have a personal groomer making their day on the snow in Whistler simply brilliant.