March brought hefty snowfall to coastal British Columbia prompting Whistler Blackcomb to extend the ski season. The lifts will run later in May on Blackcomb Mountain, and lodging deals for skiers and snowboarders get better in spring.

March brought a boon of snow to Whistler — enough to make March its snowiest on record. By the first day of April, Whistler Mountain’s Pig Alley Weather Station had tallied 1,260 centimeters (496 inches) of snow for the season and a 12-foot base.

Whistler Blackcomb

The final days of March still delivered powder to the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb. Photo by Coastphoto.com. Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.

Above average snowfall for this year and record snows for March prompted resort officials to announce an extended spring ski season for Blackcomb Mountain. Lifts on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, including the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, are scheduled to run daily through April 22, concurrent with the tail of the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Lifts will continue to operate on Blackcomb until May 28, a week later than previously scheduled.

Between April 23-May 28, the Blackcomb lifts will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola will not be operating during the Blackcomb spring season. When lift ticket prices for spring skiing at Blackcomb are available, they will be posted here.

Plenty of lodging deals are available this spring, too. April lodging deals start at $114 per night for a three-star hotel. A package that includes three nights of lodging and two days of skiing runs through April 12 and starts at $119 per person per night. Lift ticket and lodging packages for the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, April 12-22, start at $79 per person per night. Reservations can be booked by calling 888-403-4727 or booking online.