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Still skiing in western Canada


Hitting the slopes in May in western Canada
Hitting the slopes in May in western Canada

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

May 2, 2012 — Thanks to a big helping of snow over the winter, skiers and snowboarders in parts of BC and Alberta are still carving up the slopes in May.

Runs are still open in parts of BC and AB
Runs are still open in parts of BC and AB

The calendar says May, but that's not stopping skiers and snowboarders from hitting the slopes in western Canada. 

Ski runs are still open at Whistler-Blackcomb, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, just to name a few. They've all had a great season, and officials all have Mother Nature to thank. 

"The incredible amount of snow we've had has been a huge highlight," says Tabatha Boot of Whistler-Blackcomb. "We've extended our season to May 28th, so that means we basically have a month left of skiing and riding on Blackcomb Mountain."

Plenty of snow fell in the mountains of BC and Alberta this past winter. In fact, Sunshine Village in Banff has had more than 1,035cm of snow fall this season. That's a record for the resort. 

Boot says those who travel for skiing often come to Whistler-Blackcomb in the spring because snow is often a guarantee. 

"We've got over 35 feet of snow on average each year, so this is one of the best places for people who want that consistent reliable snow."

There was record snow in parts of the Rockies
There was record snow in parts of the Rockies

It's quite a contrast to the winter ski operators experienced in Ontario, parts of Quebec and the Maritimes. Less snow than normal, along with a heatwave in March, forced many resort to close earlier than expected. 

Still, you can also experience some spring and summer activities the areas has to offer this month.  

"We have the Whistler Mountain bike park that opens on May 18th," Boot explains. "So for about ten days there people can golf and ski or snowboard all in one day."

You can find a list of runs open and conditions by checking the Ski Report section of our website.

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