Amazing conditions in Canada

Thu 17 February 11

Whistler Blackcomb has officially surpassed its 10m average for the season already, Fernie & Nakiska reporting good snowfalls and fantastic conditions, and Lake Louise have had another half-metre in the past week

Amazing conditions in Canada

Amazing conditions in Canada © Photo: Manny Mendes Dos Santos www.coastphoto.com

With 11 cm (4 inches) in the past 24 hours, Whistler Blackcomb has officially surpassed the average annual snowfall (1,025cm, 404 inches) with three months remaining in the ski/snowboard season. Since Saturday, February 12, the one year anniversary of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb has received 184cm (72 inches) of snow.

Each day over the past week I’ve been overhearing friends and guests’ claiming ‘this was the best day ever,’ as they describe their day at Whistler Blackcomb; claims that are immediately trumped the next day with the new ‘best day ever’ claim,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “And they’re right. Whistler Blackcomb has seen an incredible storm cycle resulting in 186 cm (73 inches) of snow this past week. Couple this with our operations crews efforts; grooming 1,000 fresh acres each night and patrol working hard to open alpine lifts as early as possible after each dump of snow, it’s an incredible time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”

Whistler February 12, 2011
Whistler February 12, 2011
Photo: Manny Mendes Dos Santos www.coastphoto.com

Fernie Alpine Resort has received over half-metre of snow over the last 7 days and  22cm in the last 48hrs, and Nakiska Ski Resort near Calgary received 16cm on Tuesday and another 12cm on Wednesday.

Fernie Alpine Resort. Feb 17the 2011
Fernie Alpine Resort. Feb 17the 2011
Photo: Skircr

Nakiska Resort. Feb 15th 2011
Nakiska Resort. Feb 15th 2011
Photo: Skircr

The snow is continuing to fall in Banff-Lake Louise, with almost half a metre of snow this past week. This follows the best January in five years for snowfall. Last month, 167cm of dry, light snow blanketed the area – well above the 30 year average.

Lake Louise, 17th Feb 2011
Lake Louise, 17th Feb 2011
Photo: Chris Moseley

Conditions are great in neighbouring Banf resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village.

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Huge snowfalls in California

Huge snowfalls in California

Thu 17 February 11, Mammoth Mountain, USA

A new storm has hit California this week with all resorts reporting huge dumps

Livigno prepares for the Burn River Jump 2011

Livigno prepares for the Burn River Jump 2011

Fri 18 February 11, Livigno, Italy

The 5*TTR event, Burn River Jump returns to the slopes and streets of Livigno from the 22nd to the 25th of February 2011

USA Freeze out the competition at Arctic Challenge

USA Freeze out the competition at Arctic Challenge

Sat 19 February 11, Tryvann Vinterpark, Norway

The clouds broke up in Oslo, Norway at Oslo Vinterpark for the men's and women's slopetyle finals at the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge. Chas Guldemond lead from start to the finish in the mens, with Tyler Flanagan and Sage Kotsenburg making in a all USA podium. In the womens Jamie Anderson won and Britains Jenny Jones came third

Snow in Europe!

Snow in Europe!

Thu 24 February 11, Val Gardena, Italy

After jeleously looking over the pond at the epic snowfalls that have hit N.America, Europe finally decides to get with the program and receives its first significant snowfalls in months.

Ostreng & Badertscher win Burn River Jump 2011

Ostreng & Badertscher win Burn River Jump 2011

Sat 26 February 11, Livigno, Italy

Norwegians Aleksander Ostreng won the 4* TTR Big Air and Ulrik Badertscher won the 5*Slopestyle in the Burn River Jump 2011 in Livigno. Britains Jamie Nicholls completed a very memorable 2 days, coming 3rd in the slopestyle, 4th in the big air and was crowned the Burn Jib Master

Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “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.”

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