This run is never open in November, choose your line. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

This run is never open in November, choose your line. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

“No friends on a powder day” is a popular saying in most big mountain towns, but is it really true? This opening weekend in Whistler I wanted to find out one way or another. Saturday, November 14th was going to be one of Whistler’s best and earliest opening days this decade, so I decided to pack my camera with me and float between groups of friends on the hill, and snap a few shots along the way. I was told many times, “don’t think were gonna stop and wait for you to set up” or “you better not slow us down”. And at the end of the day, walking back to my place, I was even heckled for just having my camera bag on my back. So, I guess it’s true, they’re really are no friends (or photographers) on powder days.

You have to be really excited about riding if your going to spend all night in line for the first gondola. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

You have to be really excited about riding if your going to spend all night in line for the first gondola. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

By 7:30 am, the line up zigged and zagged through the entire village. With a line this long you would think that Bert Reynolds was there signing autographs. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

By 7:30 am, the line up zigged and zagged through the entire village. With a line this long you would think that Bert Reynolds was there signing autographs. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

The two to three hour line isn’t so bad when you look up and see all that snow. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

The two to three hour line isn’t so bad when you look up and see all that snow. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Johnny Lyall finds himself buried in opening day pow. Wish you were there?

Johnny Lyall finds himself buried in opening day pow. Wish you were there?

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This is November doing its January impersonation. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Jody Wachniak getting busy early season. 8 Mile TV, ya heard.

Jody Wachniak getting busy early season. 8 Mile TV, ya heard.PHOTO: Scott Serfas

On really deep pow days, I love to send it off every bump I see. Johnny Lyall demonstrates that here. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

On really deep pow days, I love to send it off every bump I see. Johnny Lyall demonstrates that here. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Jody Wachniak’s first run of the day. Its safe to say that waking up early paid off. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Jody Wachniak’s first run of the day. Its safe to say that waking up early paid off. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Mother nature. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Mother nature. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

An hour of snow accumulation. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

An hour of snow accumulation. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

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