Serious snow arrives on local slopes just in time for the holidays


After a slow start to the ski season, soft, fluffy flakes were falling on Vancouver’s ski hills Friday morning.

“We started to get significant snow at the end of last week and it has been adding up ever since,” said Mt Seymour spokesman Simon Whitehead.

All lifts are open, there’s plenty of fresh snow and conditions are back on track for late December — just in time for the holiday break and some of the mountain’s busiest days of the year.

At Cypress Mountain, 10 centimetres of new snow fell overnight on top of already fresh snow, said marketing director Joffrey Koeman. “Conditions are fantastic.”

It was a similar story at Grouse Mountain, where 72 centimetres have fallen in the last week.

“We’re definitely seeing the snow now,” said communications manager Julia Grant.

After two years with early and plentiful snow, the lack of snowfall in late November and early December may have been exacerbated. It’s also an El Niño year, which can mean a more unpredictable winter.

But visiting the local mountains this week, you’d never know it. There were fresh tracks to be had as the white stuff continued to fall steadily.

“There’s no snow in the city, but you can see that there’s snow here, so we’re expecting lots of visitors this week,” said Grant.

Big White Ski Resort B.C. Dec. 2018 — On Christmas Day, skier visits to Big White Ski Resort increased by 6 per cent over last year – including a visit from the big guy himself. Santa landed at Big White on Christmas morning after a long night delivering toys and hit the slopes with around 50 other skiers and snowboarders. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Santa landed at Big White on Christmas morning and hit the slopes with around 50 other skiers and snowboarders. Submitted photo by Big White Ski Resort.

In the B.C. Interior, Big White Ski Resort saw a six per cent increase in visitors over last year on Dec. 24 and 25.

“Christmas is certainly a busy time of year at Big White and everyone works really hard to make the magic happen,” said guest services manager Bethan Wetheral.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Sports

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