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B.C. ski hills gear up for snow

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 23, 2010 — The prospect of a cold and wet winter is making ski operators in British Columbia smile.

One of the first places in Canada to get significant amounts of snow this fall is the British Columbia interior. And B.C.'s ski operators couldn't be happier with the snow report.

British Columbia is expected to see a cold and wet winter this year because of the effects of La Niña.

“There is going to be more snow expected in the city and on the hills this year. It's definitely good news to all of us on the mountain,” says Julie Mulligan, a spokesperson for the resort at Mount Seymour, north of Vancouver.

Parts of B.C. are having a preview of winter weather. Snow began falling on Saturday night along the Okanagan Connector highway between Merritt and Kelowna. Wet snow continues to fall today near Highway 3, between Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass. Upwards of 15 cm is expected to fall by Sunday night in some areas.

On the central and northern coast of B.C., wind warnings are in effect. Potentially damaging winds are gusting up to 90 km/h.

With files from Rayna Taylor

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