Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Whistler Blackcomb Surpasses Annual Average Snowfall of 33 Feet with over 3 months left in Ski Season

Current Storm Continues to Blanket Whistler During US Presidents’ Week Holiday
WHISTLER, BC, February 20, 2007 – With 103 days left in a winter season that extends to June 3, Whistler Blackcomb has surpassed its annual average snowfall before the end of February. As of February 20, the resort has received 1026 centimetres or 404 inches of snowfall this year, with the annual average sitting at 1,006 centimetres or 396 inches.

The current weather system that tipped Whistler above the average has delivered 11 centimetres of snow in the past 24 hours and 48 centimetres over the past seven days. The storm is expected to continue through Saturday bringing another 22 to 35 centimetres or 12 to 14 inches to the winter wonderland resort.

“Whistler’s geographical location in British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range is the perfect position to receive significant snowfall from precipitation generated over the Pacific Ocean,” says Stuart Rempel, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “This year has been a banner year to date, starting off with a record 416 centimetres or 164 inches in the month of November alone, exemplifying why Whistler Blackcomb is known as one of the most reliable ski resorts in the world for snow.”

Record breaking snowfall in November, solid snowfall throughout December and January, and currently tracking to be the second snowiest year on record by the end of February, Whistler locals are enjoying an epic season. February has seen more sunny skies in the earlier part of the month, until deep winter returned to the resort this past weekend, just in time for the busy US Presidents’ Week holiday.

The current snow base at mid-mountain (1,650 metres) on Whistler Mountain is 281 centimetres or 111 inches. Whistler Blackcomb receives an annual average of 33 feet,10 metres or 396 inches of snow. The Whistler Blackcomb ski season kicked off on November 18, 2006 and will extend to June 3, 2007.

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