Whistler Blackcomb Exceeds All Time Snowfall Record


January 11 2006

WHISTLER, BC (Whistler/Blackcomb Press Release)—Following the most recent snowstorm that dropped 22 centimetres or 8 inches in 24hrs, snowfall accumulation totals at Whistler Blackcomb have reached record highs. 877 centimetres or 345 inches of snow has fallen in Whistler so far this season, which is the most the resort has seen by this time in January based on 27 years of snow data analysis. The previous record saw 827 centimetres or 325 inches fall by January 31 of the 1991/1992 season. The current base sits at an incredible 305 centimetres or 120 inches as measured at mid-mountain.

"This has been the most incredible season here, and we've been extremely lucky compared to other resorts on the East Coast and throughout Europe, says Stuart Rempel, Whistler Blackcomb's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "We've seen system after system blaze through this area and it seems like every few days there's another metre of snow on the hills. It's really quite amazing to wake up each morning to another epic powder day. We've been very blessed.

With an average annual snowfall of 10 metres or 33 feet, Whistler Blackcomb is close to exceeding this by the end of January.

The Environment Canada Alpine Forecast is calling for a high pressure system to move in over the next few days bringing some welcome sunshine to the stormy resort. With the annual Whistler Blackcomb Learn to Ski Week coming up January 16th, conditions for first time skiers and riders could not be better. Learn to Ski Week offers up to 40% discount on beginner lessons.

Whistler Blackcomb started off the 2006/2007 season with the snowiest November on record with 416 centimetres or 164 inches of snow. The previous record was in 1994/1995 with 272cm. December received 275cm of snow. So far this season, Whistler Blackcomb has seen over 15, 15+ centimetre days.

Great accommodation deals are still available for the rest of the season including 3 nights for $129.00 CAD or $117.00 USD per night if booked by February 15. For up to date weather and snow information, as well as a range of upcoming events including February's Women's Week, Whistler's gay ski week WinterPRIDE, and April's TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, log on to whistlerblackcomb.com.