Yesterday, Environment Canada released their winter weather and snow report across Canada, and according to them, Whistler-Blackcomb and B.C’s interior mountains will have a ‘normal’ winter with normal snowfall. What does ‘normal’ mean exactly? According to Environment Canada, that means the winter forecast and snow report for Whistler and all surrounding mountains in B.C including Sun Peaks and Big White will receive normal precipitation and normal temperatures, similar to what we’ve experienced in recent winters. In Whistler, this means to expect average monthly snowfalls between 2.25 metres and 2.5 metres for both December and January, and potentially less in February as is normally the case.
Earlier this year, Environment Canada forecasted a potentially harsh winter with more snow than usual due to the El Nino factor. However, El Nino’s deep ocean current has subsided and won’t bring the earlier predicted forecasts that were predicted earlier. In fact, Environment Canada’s snow forecast is now in-line with the trusted Farmer’s Almanac forecast that suggested winter temperatures will be slightly above normal with the coldest periods in mid-December, and the heaviest snowfall in the last two or three weeks of January. If this falls true for the Whistler snow report, than this year’s snow pattern in the ski resort could be an anomaly compared to the monthly averages over the last six years.
Whistler’s Early Snowfall Could Prove Forecasts Wrong…
With its coastal location, Whistler-Blackcomb may be the one major mountain resort in B.C that receives less precipitation than its annual average with slightly warmer temperatures projected for B.C’s west coast. However, if the past week has been any indication of what’s to come this winter, then the projected forecast couldn’t be more wrong.
In the past seven days, Whistler-Blackcomb has received 164cm of snow for a cumulative snowfall of 337cm since the beginning of November. It may be early in the ski season at Whistler, Sun Peaks, and Big White, but one thing is for sure, it will be a great winter for skiing vacations in B.C’s mountain resorts. Whistler’s winter forecasts may be a mystery to some, but one thing is for sure, Whistler’s snow conditions couldn’t be much better for early in the season.