It’s that time of year again. The Turkey Sale has been and gone and we wait patiently with our new gear for snow to arrive. With flurries already at the peak, we thought we’d provide some insight on what’s in store for the 2018/19 ski season in Whistler…
According to onthesnow.com, Whistler Blackcomb enjoyed a total snowfall of 313” in 2017. Pretty good when you consider a year-on-year average of 347” for the resort. However, this pales in comparison to 2016 when the mountain reportedly saw 506”.
So how does the snow compare?
Snowpack.com reports a snowfall of 265” at Lake Louise for the 2017/18 season. That’s 82” less than the Whistler average. Whereas Mammoth Mountain received 288” in the 2017/18 season – 59” less.
The Whistler Insider explains: ‘There is a very famous saying in Whistler — “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”
Whistler is a high-altitude mountain environment perched right next door to the Pacific Ocean so weather can roll in or out very quickly. This is awesome because it sometimes brings us massive winter snowstorms.’
‘Whistler Blackcomb is the number one resort in North America for its consistent and reliable snow’, writes enjoywhistler.com, ‘so you can rest assured that your ski experience will be as legendary as the mountain itself.
So what’s in store?
CBC report that another El Niño is likely on its way: “We’re probably looking at a weak to maybe moderate [El Nino], but certainly nothing like 2015-2016,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “That’s just not in the cards.”
The Climate Prediction Center is saying ‘El Niño is favored to form in the next couple of months and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19’.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather outlook, the 2018/19 season is going to be a “teeth-chattering” cold one for much of Canada, with plenty of snow.
They predict ‘…a wet and/or snowy winter specifically across British Columbia, where the thermometer will hover just above or just below the freezing mark.’
Check out Powder Magazine’s piece on Why Skiers Should Care About El Niño.
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