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“Because our temperatures tend to be more robust – colder than normal – freezing levels are generally lower and therefore the snow / rain ratio is higher,” Castellan said Thursday.
He said that not only means more snow for the mountains, but also more snow at sea level that could stay longer instead of turning into slush, as is typically the case in Vancouver.
“The chances of seeing snow at sea level are high during a La Niña,” he said.
Environment Canada will release its winter projection on December 1.
“This is the one we like to hang our hat on,” Castellan said.
In the meantime, no matter how much snow covers the local mountains this year, skiing will look very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Whistler Blackcomb, you’ll need to make a reservation, whether you’re a season pass holder and Edge-card skier, or someone who decides to book a day’s skiing on a whim. Opening day is November 26, and pass holders will have a window between November 6 and December 8 to choose seven priority days.
Elsewhere, Cypress will announce its COVID-19 mountain safety protocols on November 6, while in Grouse, temperature control and face masks are mandatory for visitors before boarding the Skyride.
At Seymour, there will be limits on elevators, with mask requirements and social distancing for interior spaces. Mount Seymour will have four-hour windows for reserving for skiing and reservable spots for other winter sports.
– With files from Lynn Mitges