February 17, 2010 — All eyes may be on Cypress Mountain, but other resorts in BC are trying to cope with El Nino, as well.
Heavy rain, fog and temperatures in the double digits.
That weather combination has made it a challenging winter for ski resorts in British Columbia.
'Generally in February we do have a lot more snow,' said Julie Mulligan of Mount Seymour ski resort in North Vancouver. 'We're experiencing spring-like conditions.'
A perfect example of just how unpredictable this winter has been can be found at Cypress Mountain. It's one of the sites for the Vancouver Winter Games. But already, rain, fog and melting snow have forced all kinds of event cancellations.
David Phillips is Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist. He says El Nino has had a major impact on the west coast this year.
'Clearly we know where this weather is coming from. It's almost tropical,' said Phillips. 'Clearly this is something that's quite unusual, record-breaking. It just seems to be relentless.'
'I think with El Nino this year the weather hasn't been cooperating with us. We've had some good rainfalls from about January onwards, so that's affected the snow-pack.'
Mount Seymour DID get some snow yesterday, and that had dozens of skiers and snowboarders out, carving up the slopes.
And while not everyone was pleased with the conditions, most were still having a good time.
'It's really foggy. Kinda hard to see down, but it's still fun,' said one snow boarder.
'I think it's still a lot of fun, even though there are some patches that are kind of watery and slushy,' said another. 'The snow is pretty hard, but it's soft enough for landing.'
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