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CanadaWhistler Snow Report

26 Jan 2015 17:30
Ski Club Leader's snow report
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Snow report glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Last snowed
The date of the last snowfall.
Fresh snow
The depth of the last snowfall.
Last 7 days
The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
Next 9 days
The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
Upper piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
Lower piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
Piste quality
An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
Resort runs
An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
Off piste snow
An indication of the general off piste conditions.
Lifts open
An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
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Snow report
26 Jan 2015 17:13
 
Spring conditions across the resort
Snowfall:
Last snowed 22 Jan 2015
Fresh snow 4cm
Last 7 days 4cm
Next 9 days 42cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 127cm
Lower piste depth 127cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Spring snow
Resort runs Spring snow
Off piste snow Crud
Lifts:
Lifts open 26 out of 26
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Weather forecast glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Weather
The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow expected
The predicted amount of snow.
Maximum temperature
The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
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Snow & weather forecast
 
A dusting of new snow. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 2°C on Mon afternoon, min -1°C on Tue night). Wind will be generally light.
Monday 26 January 2015

Sunny up high, cloud lower down

Tuesday 27 January 2015
Light snow

3cm snow expected

1°C max temp

Wednesday 28 January 2015
Some clouds

0cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Thursday 29 January 2015
Some clouds

0cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Snow overview for Canada
Monday 26 January 2015

The pick of the conditions in Canada are on the east coast, where bitterly cold temperatures combined with some light top ups are leading to some excellent pistes. Wrap up warm however as at Tremblant (100/180cm) the thermometer was reading -31C at 7am on Monday morning, with expected highs of around -13C. Some more light snow is expected this week and temperatures are set to remain well below freezing, so the fantastic snow conditions will be preserved.

Over on the west coast much warmer air is in place, resulting in a softening of the lower slopes in particular. New snow was picked up over the weekend however and the overall coverage remains very good. Fernie (134cm) was offering skiing from all 10 of its lifts on Monday 26th January, but with temperatures expected to hit +10C in the afternoon on the lower slopes, some heavy conditions are possible. A slight cooling is expected this week, before clouds move in by the weekend, potentially bringing some light snowfall.

Slightly colder air was still in place in Alberta, preserving some excellent snow conditions at the Banff (128cm) resorts. 36cm of snow has been recorded in the past week at Sunshine Village, so with the cold temperatures some good powder stashes can still be found. Some flurries are possible through the week, but otherwise expect some good periods of sunshine.

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Julian Elliott
Posted: 11/01/15
Amazingly well run resort - with stacks of accessible off-piste
Overall rating: 5 stars
Julian Elliott
Visited: December 2014

Well its not cheap, and its a long way to go.
But if you can afford it and make the effort and overcome jet lag (8 hour time difference, London to Vancouver) then its an amazing ski holiday.
Lift tickets are pricey.
But you are buying a different product:
1) Hardly any lift queues, and the queues that do form are orderly. Nobody will push past you and trample on your beloved skis - this takes a couple of days to believe if you have skied a lot in the alps
2) Helpful (yes helpful !) on mountain hosts, the whole area, not just the pistes is patrolled
3) The whole ski area is avalanche cleared, not just inbound to the pistes like in European resorts. So in terms of avalanche risk, skiing off paste in Whistler is similar risk to skiing down a blue run in Tignes (obviously off piste still has other intrinsic risks related to the terrain eg. hidden rocks, cliffs etc).
And because Whistler / Blackcomb is relatively low, there is a lot of tree skiing - which is good as light can often be flat.
Snow? The snow record and annual amount speaks for itself. You are probably twice as likely to get a powder day in Whistler as you are in most top European resorts... Something to think about!
Whistler and Blackcomb are basically two separate mountains, interlinked by one amazing gondola/cable car (peak to peak - which doesn't run from the top of the mountains, but about 2/3 of the way up them). Or you can ski down to the valley and then take a lift up the other side.
There is every kind of terrain on both mountains, from cruisey beginner slopes, to serious couloirs and chutes and bowls, cliffs which rival anything I have experienced in Europe. There is also some glacier skiing but that is limited, compared to what you can find in somewhere like Espace Killy or Val Thorens.
OK, accommodation in Whistler is pricey. But there are deals to be had if you can avoid peak season; some hotel deals include the lift pass which will save you quite a lot.
Overall amazing. Do it !

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
3 stars
Off piste powder
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