Embedded: High on a Mountain Top

Day 5: Opening Day arrives at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler’s own Mike Douglas is living up at the top of Whistler Mountain this week, filing daily video dispatches chronicling the experience in a project called “Embedded: The Inside Story of Whistler Blackcomb.” Today’s dispatch, Day 5, follows below, along with Days 1-4. – Powder staff

Day 5 – Celebration – At last. The anticipation is finally over. Opening Day! On his fifth day Embedded on Whistler Mountain, pro skier Mike Douglas welcomes the excited first guests of the season. On his last night at the Peak, Mike reflects that this is not the end – another great season at Whistler Blackcomb is just getting started.


Day 4 – Count down – As opening day gets closer the pressure is on to get the mountain ready. Patrol puts Mike Douglas to work in the race against time before the storm sets in. Then, with winds gusting up to 142km p/h Mike finds out just how much his hut Embedded at the top of Whistler Mountain can take.


Day 3 – Preparation – Pro skier Mike Douglas wakes on his birthday, Embedded at the Peak of Whistler Mountain, to find that Mother Nature has delivered his gift – a bluebird day! The birthday surprises keep on coming when Whistler Heli-Skiing pick Mike up on their way to prepare for the first heli-skiers of the season and an unexpected guest drops in to share his birthday cake.


Day 2 – Control – On his second day Embedded at the Peak of Whistler Mountain, Mike Douglas gets the inside story on what to expect from La Nina this season and the avalanche control work being done to prepare the mountain from veteran Whistler avalanche forecaster Anton Horvath. After a spine tingling sunrise over the Black Tusk and his first powdery turns, Mike confidently declares ski season to be ready.


Day 1 – Patience – it’s the one thing we all have to learn in the weeks leading up to winter. The anticipation is often unbearable as the weather taunts us with tell-tale signs that winter is on its way. For Mike Douglas, embedded at the top of Whistler Mountain, the anticipation is over and winter has arrived…big time. Follow Mike as he journeys to the Patrol Shack on Whistler Peak that will be his home-away-from-home for the next 6 days and nights, and follow his progress has he documents the Mountain’s transformation and preparation for opening day.

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