While snow conditions in much of the USA were causing headaches for resort operators (until this past week when winter finally decided to arrive), western Canadian resorts have been experiencing a booming business thanks to heavy and regular snowfall all winter to date.
“La Nina has been really good to us since Christmas, and we have received over 181 cm of snow since Christmas Eve, and 65 cm of snow in the last 48 hours. Our total snow base right now at the Pig Alley weather station (elv. 1630 meters) is 220 cm, and more snow is forecasted in the next week,” said Chris McLeod, Industry, Film & Communications Supervisor at Whistler Blackcomb, referring to the La Nina weather system from the Pacific credited with bringing much of the precipitation for snow in BC, as well as neighbouring Alberta and the US states of Washington and Alaska.
“On the whole, December 2011 will stand as one of the resort’s busier Decembers on record,” said a a release form the mountain resort.
Elsewhere in BC Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort received over 70cm of snow over the holiday week and continued snowfall is expected for the next week as more storms track in from the Pacific Ocean during this epic La Nina weather cycle.
“Looking at reports from other regions in North America it seems that La Nina has focused all of its snow on Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Fernie Alpine Resort”, says Matt Mosteller. “Skiers seeking snow better beat a trail to ski here this winter!” added Mosteller. Snow is piling up this ski season with over 13 feet of total snowfall at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and over 9 feet at Fernie Alpine Resort!
In Alberta Brian Rode, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Marmot Basin near Jasper has started to get apologetic for all the good snow news he’s been sending out: “Sorry for all the e-mails as of late but I can’t help myself. Mega-snow does that to me! So…the Pinapple Express dumped another 25 cm of snow on us at Marmot last night. There are many locales with little or no snow so it is a bit of a challenge convincing people that we have absolutely incredible snow conditions at Marmot. For example, in Edmonton there is not a speck of snow on the ground whereas at Marmot, only 3.5 hours away, we have already received almost 10 feet of snow this year!”
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