Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski area with 8,171 acres (3,307 hectares) of slopes has announced that it is fully open for the first time this season following consistently low temperatures and a break in the storms moving in from the Pacific.
“Today, we opened Lower Peak to Creek. This last section of terrain brings us to 100% open for the 2022/23 season,” a resort announcement on Monday, 23rd January explained.
Whistler Blackcomb has the second biggest lift-served-vertical in North America (1,609m / 5,280 feet ) after fellow BC resort Revelstoke and say that at 11km long their Peak to Creek trail is the longest consistent run at any ski resort in North America.
Elsewhere in North America, the ‘new’ biggest ski area in California, The Palisades (pictured above on Sunday), has also reported it is fully open for the first time this season in the last few days. A long-planned gondola lift connection between its bases at Alpine Meadows and Palisades finally opened at the start of the season creating a 6,000 acre ski region.
The largest ski area in the US, Park City in Utah, with 7,300 acres of terrain, is having a much better winter than the often dry 21-22 season, with Utah ski areas currently posting some of the deepest snow depths anywhere in the world. It has been fully open for some time.