Whistler, B.C. - January 30, 2004 - Residents and guests in Whistler woke up to an
unexpected surprise this morning. Whistler Blackcomb received 45cm of
new snow, the largest recorded overnight snowfall this season. Yesterday
afternoon, the Environment Canada forecast called for 10-15cm, but the
storm intensified, producing an unexpected bonus and boosting Whistler
Blackcomb's base to 230cm or 91 inches.
The forecast for the next 24 hours is calling for scattered flurries,
with a mix of sun and cloud expected for the weekend.
Whistler Mountain manager Paul Skelton is busy opening up terrain but he
took time out to say, "There is a lot of snow on the mountains. The temperature is dropping, which will dry things out and should make for
excellent powder skiing over the coming days."
The year-to-date snowfall total at Whistler Blackcomb is now 671cm or
264 inches. That makes this the eighth best season to date. In all other
winters with this much snow at the end of January, Whistler Blackcomb
has smashed past its yearly average of 360 inches. Suffice to say
conditions are excellent.
Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located 120
kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, B.C., Canada and site for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler Blackcomb Mountains
have the most terrain (7,071 acres) and greatest vertical (5,280 feet or
one mile) in North America with an average annual snowfall of nine
metres (30 feet). Whistler has a range of accommodations with 5,400
rooms, and a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques and
galleries. Winter activities range from cross-country skiing and
snowmobiling, to snowshoeing and heli-skiing. The Resort Municipality of
Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent
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