While city-slickers have been drenched to the bone with rain and wind the last seven days, the North Shore mountains and Whistler Blackcomb could not have asked for better weather.
A total of 123cm of snow has fallen on Whistler in the last week, boosting their base levels to 177cm. Likewise in Metro Vancouver, Cypress has seen over 150cm, including snowmaking efforts, and Grouse Mountain has accumulated 64cm of snow. Recently-opened Mount Seymour has only three out of 39 runs open, despite seeing 66cm fall in the last seven days.
A whole third of Whistler’s cumulative snowfall this season fell in the last week, meaning a healthy boost ahead of the busy holiday period. While last year wasn’t as dreadful for Whistler as it was for the local ski hills, this season’s accumulation is already over half of what the mountain saw in 2014/2015.
On average, the mountain usually sees over 1,100cm of snowfall each season.
Sunday was a big day for snowfall across the region, with Seymour reporting 57cm falling in the last 48 hours, Grouse reporting 38cm, and Whistler reporting 50cm. The weather will be a bit drier this week than last, with just 2cm forecast for Whistler on Tuesday and mostly clear skies until Thursday.
Down at sea-level, Environment Canada is calling for rain this week in Vancouver, except for a sunny break on Wednesday when clear skies and temperatures of 5 degrees will be a welcome break from the wet weather.
Cutting over the goat path and finding untouched pow made this pretty much the best day ever. #whistler #sagaouterwear #skiing #panoramabar A photo posted by Thomas Mitchell (@thomasskis) on
Great day at #Whistler on Saturday #engagement #pnw #snow #ski #powday A photo posted by joshua kehs (@phaedrus09) on