Nowhere is backcountry access so easy from the ski hill as it is at Whitewater. Don't underestimate this terrain though - this is big stuff, with big consequences should things go wrong. Terrain traps are everywhere, and you have to keep your head on a swivel.
You could spend days lapping 5 mile basin - on a weekday. The weekends can be busy just outside the ski area boundary, but it snows a lot, so the reset button is constantly being pushed. On this trip, we lucked out. Temperatures hovered right around freezing, and freezing levels were at about 1300m. Good thing the parking lot is at 1400m!
Over a period of two days skiing here, the conditions set up perfectly. There had been about 40cm of new snow over the previous three days, and it had settled nicely. The sun was peeking out through the clouds, and came out fully in the afternoon. Stability was OK…not perfect…but good enough for us to step out on to some larger terrain with confidence. A socked in morning was followed by a bluebird afternoon, and we really took advantage of the visibility and skied a few extra runs. The skiing was wonderful, and made better by the great company of our friends from Juneau, AK, who make the pilgrimage to BC’s interior to ski cold smoke every February.
We put in some serious mileage and every turn was POW. Once you set an uptrack, you can lap the Whitewater slackcounty over and over, and ski yourself silly. This trip was one I'll never forget, and I can't wait to get back out there again in 2017!