Record breaking snow at Whistler
Thu 19 November 09
Over 4m of snow has fallen already in November with up to 1m more forecasted over the weekend.
Record breaking snow at Whistler © Emmanuel Mendes dos Santos www.coastphoto.com
Whistler Blackcomb has officially surpassed the previous record of snow in the month of November with 418cm (165 inches) of snow falling as of Thursday, November 19. The previous record, set in 2006, was 416cm (164 inches). The snowfall record dates back to 1979.
“This is an unprecedented start to the season,” says Anton Horvath, Whistler Mountain weather forecaster. “The excitement of locals and guests alike is palpable, and the timing of this record breaking event happening this year as we prepare to be a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is just icing on the cake. Whistler Blackcomb is well known for the copious amount of snow it receives on an annual basis. The fact that we’re only 87cm (34 inches) from reaching the half way point of our annual average snowfall, shows how incredible the start of this season really is.” The annual average snowfall at Whistler Blackcomb is just over 10 metres or 33 feet.
Whistler November 14, 2009
Emmanuel Mendes dos Santos www.coastphoto.com
With 11 days left in November, there is plenty more snow on the way. The Environment Canada Alpine Forecast is calling for 50- 75cm (20-30 inches) of snow in the next 24 hours and the long-range outlook is also calling for more snow throughout the weekend, with a possible 65-95cm (26-37 inches) by Monday.
Stay up-to-date on what’s open, mountain conditions, temperatures, snowfall accumulation, forecasts and last minute hotel deals at www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Mon 23 November 09, XSCAPE Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
11 teams spent 3 days trying to ski and board as many of the countries dry and artificial slopes as possible, in a massive effort to raise funds for youth charity Snow-Camp
Thu 26 November 09, Niseko United, Japan
Our new publication, Snow-search Japan is now in stock and available to buy from the WSG shop! The definitive guide to Japan, covering over 70 resorts as well as the major cities, cultural and travel information.
Wed 02 December 09, Engelberg, Switzerland
Some parts of Switzerland have received over 1m of snow in the past 48hours, which is just in time and much needed for the start of the new season
Thu 03 December 09, Ischgl, Austria
The 25-year-old stayed for 4-days after the concert with boyfriend Russell Brand and went snowboarding.
Thu 03 December 09, Silverton Mountain, USA
For the first week they are offering $39 lift tickets but if you fancy stomping down the avalanche zones then you'll earn a free days snowboarding
“Major riding for all styles and all levels, especially backcountry and amazing park and pipes.But take note: lift queues can be very long, especially at Easter and Christmas. Avoid major holidays if an option and Sundays are quieter than Saturdays, especially on Blackcomb. Great summer riding on Blackcomb Glacier.”