Winter enthusiasts in BC are counting the days and even hours until ski resorts open for the season.
“We're hoping it's any day now, because there's lots of snow coming down and we hope it will continue throughout the week,” says Sarah Lusk with Grouse Mountain. “It looks like we'll have a great base to open for skiing and riding soon.”
Last year, 995 cm worth of snow fell at Grouse Mountain.
“And we anticipate the same, if not better, this coming season,” says Lusk.
According to David Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada, predictions for another white winter aren't out of the question.
“This year there's been a re-emergence of the La Niña we had last year. So I think in some ways, this winter will be more similar to last year than the winter before. That was the 2009/10 Olympic winter when it was one of the shortest and most benign winters we had in Canada.”
One ski resort is already reaping the benefits of another La Niña year. Cypress Mountain opened for business on Tuesday, the earliest opening day in history. It's the first ski area in BC to open for the 2011/2012 snow season.
One ski resort is already reaping the benefits of another La Niña year.
Cypress Mountain opened for business on Tuesday, the earliest opening day in history.
“La Niña is what we love to hear. For the skiing community it means big snow and we're looking forward to another big year of snow,” says Joffrey J. Koeman at Cypress Mountain. “I mean this is the earliest opening we've ever had. Our customers are out here, having fun and we're glad to have the season underway.”
Those looking to hit the slopes say they couldn't be happier.
“We're pretty lucky to live in BC where we can ski from November to April,” said one excited skier. “It's the earliest that we've ever been skiing since I've moved out in BC...Everyone seems to be having a great time and it's awesome,” said another eager outdoor enthusiast.
Cypress Mountain was the first ski area in BC to open for the 2011/2012 snow season.