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Whistler Blackcomb Receives Major Snowfall from Pineapple Express System


Whistler Blackcomb is thanking the Hawaiian weather system, known as the Pineapple Express, after a major snowfall hit the Whistler ski resort last week. In the past 7 days, nearly 150 cm of snow fell at Whistler Blackcomb including 92 cm of fresh powder on Thursday and Friday last week. While the Pineapple Express lasted for a short time, this large snowfall was needed at Whistler who had no received a major dumping of snow since prior to New Year’s.

Whistler Receives Much Needed Early Spring Snowfall

Whistler Mountain PeakIn the past week, the snow base at Whistler Blackcomb has increased nearly 100 cm to 272cm. This week’s forecast calls for light flurries with minimal amounts of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the rest of the week is calling for bluebird skiing conditions with nothing but sun. After a poor month of January for snowfall and a slow start to February, the Pineapple Express is great news for skiers and boarders looking to enjoy a Spring Break trip to Whistler Village and Whistler Blackcomb this month.

While this weather is great news for Whistler Blackcomb, the avalanche risk is now considered high as the ski resort is advising users to “Be aware of the increasing potential for large deep avalanche activity at all elevations due to the existence of buried widespread sun crusts and or buried surface hoar.” However, with the bluebird forecast for this coming week that should change to “considerable”. With Spring Break fast approaching, the Pineapple Express was a welcomed sight at Whistler Blackcomb, but the major snowfall system does increase the attentiveness to safety hazards and risk enthusiasts.

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