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Discussion in 'Alpine & Snow' started by Wardy, Nov 17, 2015.
SP called 4cm this morning. Easily 15 or better on the hill. Situation normal.
yep, had at least 10cm on the bonnet of the car this morning, so up top would have been more. had another 2cm or more fall during the day too.
sill cant fathom why SP reporting seems so conservative
The low rolling up from the south has been a nice surprise
No love over here in the canmore - banff area.
Been at least a week since we had a little fresh snow.
Looking at driving to revelstoke for a few days but forecast still not great.
I am in kicking horse. Coverage great. Fantastic snow off piste. Was at lake Louise before coming here. Snow quality much better in kicking horse than lake Louise. Lake Louise was hard packed and icy and needs much more coverage off piste. Heading to revelstoke tomorrow. Will let you know what the coverage is like.
This morning at SP was fantastic, a pleasant surprise delivering more than the forecasts
Yeah LL needs a lot of (fresh) snow for it to be good off piste. As it's quite high and the snow is so dry there it tends to blow away very easily too. You'll kind KH & Revie way better especially if you like steep & deep.
LL is really more of a high quality and lengthy groomers resort. They usually close the popular runs during the middle of the day to re-groom.
Yea, forecast for Banff is looking sad.
Not unusual for this time of year really. Often gets long periods during Jan / Feb of VERY cold sunny days with little to no snow. Someone told me a while ago that it doesn't (properly) snow in Banff unless it's warmer than -15 but I don't know if it's true or not......
The position Banff and surrounding resorts (LL, Sunshine) in the Eastern rockies means super cold dry weather patterns coming down from the north during Jan and Feb, sustained long periods of cold high pressure seeing some crazy cold temps, -15 is warm. Very rare to get big dumps on snow due to this dominate air flow, does happen but rare, you would be lucky to get 2 or more decent snow falls over a 2 month period.
The saving grace is that the extreme cold dry weather has 2 major advantages.
1 - Long periods of excellent weather with little to no breeze and super clear days, which is great for this area as the views are some of the best you will get anywhere in the world.
2 - The cold dry temps means the snow quality stays very good for long periods, the slack country stays fresh dry power for weeks and weeks after the last snowfall and very little to zero snow melt.
Obvious disadvantages is the long periods of no fresh in-bounds, and it can get seriously seriously cold to the point they shut down the ski resort because it is unsafe, and the fluids in the lifts start to freeze and fail.
We had probably 6-7 days of closure during the 2008-09 season I was there.
We were on the bus one morning with the temp reading at -42 and they were turning people away at the gate.
On other weather, long range forecast is looking solid for a return to snow next weekend, some long range forecasts suggesting a return to the continuous snowy periods not unlike the ones seen pre-xmas.
Im talking coastal BC, Whistler mainly.
Yep true, as per Chowder's response.
Generally late Feb early March is powder time up that way.
Getting into Revelstoke on Feb 14th. If anyone's around and wants to catch up message me.
Revelstoke great. You should come here.
Heading over to revelstoke next Monday - Wednesday.
light snow today at the banff area resorts.
sunshine the pick and all groomed runs at other resorts are fine if that is what you like.
Good Satellite image for Eastern USA and Canada
Snow to return to coastal BC from tomorrow, bit warm with freezing levels around the 1000m mark initially so a bit of rain village level, but potential to see 50cm above that across 3 days. Few different forecast sights I look at are going anywhere from 30cm - 70cm.
With something potentially brewing next weekend.
2 weeks today till wheels go up.
Yurp also, flying out jan 23rd!! Can't wait
Snow has started at Whislter, models have downgraded this initial event to 20-30cm.
Massive upgrade for this weekend tho at this stage, 2-3 foot storm potential, with Village level temps.
had about 8cm accumulate on our balcony at SP in the last 4 hours
Light smowfalls all day today at kicking horse with great days skiing.
Now at revelstoke and snow getting heavier...about 4 cm so far in last 3 hours.
Suggesting a potential 80-100cm this weekend.
10cm fallen already current system with another 10cm expected over night.
Getting a nice refresh just in time for arrival.
Snowed all day in Whistler today and yesterday. Snowing down to the village and is still going. Accumulations were much higher up top than reported. We found some great snow in West bowl, off the t-bars and in Harmony & Symphony. Blackcomb tomorrow.
A nice 15cm plus this morning at revelstoke.best days skiing this trip.hoping for another top up overnight,though it has stopped snowing now.
Cracking day today another 16cm overnight...plus the sun came out. Best skiing so far this year. Found some great lines, body really feeling it now. The weekend forecast looking very promising for 25-40cm
Love Harmony Chair
Forecast is looking a bit exciting just in time for my arrival.
Thursday into the weekend looking at 40cm with the start of next week on the longer range models also hinting at another serious fall, potentially 2ft (50-60cm).
With another potential good system first week of Feb.
Pretty typical of Whistler reporting, they tend to do mid station accumulations.
therefore up-high especially in the bowls with wind drifts accumulation is normally fairly significantly more
Still dry in Alberta... But pertie...
Bit of love comming through this arvo and into tonight, for Banff
Coastal mountains are currently getting absolutely nuked.
Whislter still snowing a village level, report saying 11cm, but Id imagine further up the hill would have to be double that easily.
Snow level is meant to rise, but it was forecasted to be 12-1300m by now but its still snowing to village level (650m) so if that stays it could be pretty epic.
Look to be good falls coming up for all of the Pacific NW this weekend right across to the Rockies
Bit of rain first though, temps quite mild with 2000m freezing levels.
They will drop Thursday night quite quickly and will get some good quality snow over the weekend.
Mid to end of next week looking alright at this stage also for a much cooler system to drop some more.
Forecasts of winds up to 45kph today at Sun Peaks.
Been here a month and the strongest wind I've felt is about 2kph
Been eyeing this one on the charts for a while, finally will have some seasonal temps in Banff, been way to warm lately, much melt and now everything is going to ice up again.
Got a call from the family today that it was raining and plus 5c at Nakiska .
Weren't eating enough chilli then.
Looks like some snow over the weekend for BC interior and even Alberta resorts
Short lived, going to get real warm start of next week, proper southerlies even?
May not be too bad, at least not everywhere. been some good reports last 24 hours...
Maybe not too bad after all for Banff, looking at the 850 as it closely resembles temps at 1500m, though Environment Canada forecasting 10deg for next Wed? And can someone tell me what a traditional snow system looks like for Western Canada, moist W/SW winds?
From my limited observations, north and NW systems into BC certainly bring snow, especially with west and SW feeds. We also saw good snow from a low which tracked up out of the lower 48 from the SW in fourth week of Jan.
Bit of snow at Sunshine over the past week or so, but another warm spell moving in next week by the looks of it, perhaps March will bring some snow. At least Japan isn't having an epic year, lol.
We've just had two great pow days at Revelstoke.