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The Avalanche Closure is used for temporary closure of areas within the ski area. Avalanche Closures are used to keep Employees and Guests out of harm’s way while active avalanche control, often times with explosives, is taking place or when the hazard is too high and control is not possible. Lift access privileges will be revoked, but more importantly, the consequences of going beyond an Avalanche Closure could be dire. It is your responsibility to know where you are at all times.
Avalanche prone areas within the boundary can be accessed when our Avalanche Forcaster determine signs that delineate this terrain may be opened.
This sign indicates the edge of the Whistler Blackcomb’s patrolled area. Skiing or riding outside the area is done at your own risk and it is strongly recommended that you have the essential personal safety gear. Education (avalanche courses), information (Avalanche Advisory), and a qualified guide are also a must! In early season, “Ski Area Boundaries” often exist within the ski area. These boundaries may also denote parts of the hill that are not yet ready to open. As a result, there is no hazard marking, no patrol and no sweep. Can you go there? Yes, but be prepared!
When a run or area is marked with closed signs it is for a specific reason. The danger in that area is too great. Runs are closed for several reasons: trees have fallen onto the run, ditches or holes have rendered the run unsafe, race or other events are taking place, Terrain Parks are not yet ready to open, or perhaps snow making or other machinery is operating. Can you go there? No.
This sign indicates that the terrain beyond it is not suitable for intermediate or beginner skiers even if blue and green runs exist. This sign is posted at the base of a chair lift in the event that weather has made the runs more diffi cult and/or grooming is non-existent. Poor visibility will also result in this type of warning. At the bottom of the Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain, a flashing orange light will be activated when only advanced and expert conditions can be accessed by the lift.
Marginal Skiing signs are used to identify runs that have limited snow cover, but are still determined “skiable”. These runs may have exposed rocks, grass and dirt. Incurring damage to your skis or snowboard on these runs is likely. It is best to avoid these runs or at the very least ski/ride with extreme caution. Ski Patrol may mark some hazards on these runs and perform a sweep at the end of the ski day.
Permanent closures at Whistler Blackcomb are areas of the mountain that are NEVER open. These are areas within the Ski Area that are not suitable for Guests or Employees. The danger of entering these areas often extends beyond the risk to the skier/rider as they threaten skiers on runs below. Cliffs, crevasses, and avalanches are the main hazards in permanent closed areas. Can you go there? No. Lift access privileges will be revoked. It is your responsibility to know where you are at all times.
This warning is posted at the top of a chairlift or trail to warn skiers that many natural hazards exist and are not marked. These hazards can cause damage to skis and snowboards or injury to riders. Ski and snowboard with caution.