I’ve been hearing a lot of lamenting from my friends in North Van. There’s no snow in Whistler! Well there’s snow, just nothing compared to what they’re used to. I’ve been doing powderwatch for a long time now and Whistler has been noticeably absent from my sources of envy. Powder King has been a big source of powder envy this season, as usual, but where has Whistler gone? Just to confirm my suspicion I to a look at the snowfall history for Whistler and, as you can see from the chart below, in a typical season the total accumulation should be well over 600cms by now. As of today, Whistler is reporting a season total of 309cms. That’s insane! You have to go back 10 years to find a season with snowfall numbers in that ball park.
Since we’re already looking at snowfall numbers, let’s have a look at a few other locations across western Canada. Starting close to home (Calgary), Sunshine was having a below average year until that massive dump in mid Jan. But it dried up for a couple weeks and now they’re bouncing off the low percentile line again. Good thing it’s starting to snow up there – see yesterday’s Ryder report. But unlike Whistler, Sunshine is within a reasonable range of the average accumulated snowfall for this time of year. It’s all good.
Now let’s take a quick look at a couple of the renowned powder resorts in our region – Revelstoke and Whitewater. Whitewater is actually having a pretty good year. They’re second behind Powder King for total accumulation (607cms vs 704cms) and the chart shows that they are right on average. In fact, aside from the stellar season they had last year, Whitewater has remarkable consistency from year to year (in terms of accumulation by the beginning of Feb).
Revelstoke is third on the total accumulation list (for western Canada) with 555cms. They’re having a relatively good year too. But if you talk to the locals they may not share in that enthusiasm. Snowfall is definitely at the low end of accumulation scale for the last 7 seasons.