Last year was terrible, but the 2015-2016 ski season is looking good. Winter is already arriving on hills around British Columbia, raising hopes for ski operators.
As reported by Global News, Vancouver’s local mountains in the North Shore got their first snow snow of the season, with 7 centimetres falling over the weekend. Nearly 30 centimetres of snow has blanketed the Whistler-Blackcomb resort north of Vancouver, while Big White, near Kelowna, says 29 centimetres fell.
Twenty-three centimetres of snow has been recorded at Silver Star Mountain, near Vernon, while three centimetres of the white stuff dusted the Sun Peaks Resort, north of Kamloops.
A skiff of snow has added a silver sheen to the trees of Mount Washington, on Vancouver Island.
Ski hills in many parts of the province reported disastrous seasons last year, with a lack of snow forcing several to close much earlier than usual.
A strong El Nino system is forecast for the West Coast this winter, with a soggy, warm system expected to bring less snow than usual to the Rockies and Alberta, with the possibility of early dumps of snow, especially on coastal mountains.
So take out your ski/snowboard gear now. If you need to buy some, West 4th has a good selection of snow sports stores. Our shop the Vancouver online classifieds for deals on used ski and snowboard gear.
Last modified: November 3, 2015