Updated January 2020
In times of change, traditions that hold strong are to be admired. Enter the boys of the Black Velvet Ski Team (BVST), who made their 30th annual trip to Whistler in March this year. It’s safe to say their dedication to upholding this annual excursion has elevated them to the ranks of the legendary.
Here at the Insider we’ve been tracking their trips for the last couple of years ( here’s the 25th, 27th, 28th and 29th reports) and marveling at the commitment these guys show to getting up here to the mountains every single year.
While some of the BVST get together outside of the snow season for bike rides and birthdays, there’s a sense the trip to Whistler is something out of the ordinary, a time every year where they can get together on their own terms for turns, to converse on the chairlifts and generously share the stoke (and shenanigans) at their favourite après spots.
The result of the connections made and strengthened over the years are long friendships and a youthful, infectious energy that the crew brings and shares each year, which for many locals and visitors is what Whistler – the gathering place – is all about.
There’s no doubt Whistler the town has seen change in recent years, and with new shops and restaurants, new trails, new buses that say the stops out loud (it’s the future!), a new gondola coming on Blackcomb Mountain, and a new suspension bridge on Whistler Peak visitors who come for the summer or the skiing will see the evolution continue.
But if the Black Velvet Ski Team can teach us anything, it’s that core elements – pals and powder – carry traditions a long way (also useful – specially made, folding shot skis).
When all is said and done, none of us are here for a long time. Take a leaf out of the Black Velvet manual, make time in the calendar, surround yourself with friends, and jump in and enjoy it.
Here’s to the The Black Velvet Ski Team – returning to Whistler March 2019. See their 2018 Trip Report below for more tips on tradition.