Will it Snow in Whistler this March?
Will it snow in Whistler this March? Is there a chance that old man winter might come back to the mountains rather than taking an extended hiatus on the East Coast? There is a good chance that we could see some precipitation beginning this weekend but, as of now, the strengthening of the dreaded persistent high pressure to the south and east follows it. It goes without saying that a little snow would certainly help the alpine conditions...POSTED BY · Wayne Flann
When a Backcountry Ski Cut Goes Wrong
In an instant, I was heading downhill in a fast-moving stiff slab. I headed off to the right, watching my tips reach solid snow, but then the rushing torrent of snow caught the tails of my skis. I was turned 360 degrees up in the air. In the midst of this all, I felt my left femur spiral and facture. I was like a dry stick compared to the force being generated by the fast moving avalanche.POSTED BY · Wayne Flann
Backcountry Snowpack Summary – Dec 2014
It’s been an interesting start to the season in Whistler, to say the least. Here is a crash course on what’s been going on in the area around Whistler Blackcomb, here in the West Coast Mountains of British Columbia.POSTED BY · Wayne Flann
Are You Mountain Safe?
These mountains are amazing; a vast playground, vaults of unforgettable memories forged with friends in blankets of magical snow. As much as they can give you however, they can take away. Whistler, and the ski community across the world, lose people every year to untimely accidents involving the very matter that gives us so much joy - snow.
The very thing the 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — instantly became the enemy. Somewhere above, a pristine meadow cracked in the shape of a lightning bolt, slicing a slab nearly 200 feet across and 3 feet deep. Gravity did the rest. Excerpt taken from the New York Times' Snow Fall article by John Branch.
Snowmaking and Climate Change
Climate change has had a significant impact on winter resorts on both a regional and global level. Just look at the altitudinal-dependent natural snow line: it has become more difficult for winter resorts to reliably set scheduled openings, not to mention the challenges of ensuring that there is enough snow coverage all the way to the valley floor. These issues have a significant impact on the people who live in resort towns, on visitors and tourism, and, ultimately, on the bottom line, affecting the resorts’ financial vitality.POSTED BY · Gibbons Whistler