In Western Canada Whistler, Blackcomb has received more than 1.4m (almost five feet) of snow in the past week, but the largest falls in the region have surpassed even that with up to 1.6m (5.3 feet) around Lake Tahoe in California, USA.
A powerful storm started Tuesday night in North Lake Tahoe and is continuing to pound the area today so that another metre (3 feet) is expected by Saturday. According to the US National Weather Service, the snow is expected to taper off late Saturday with just a chance of snow predicted through the weekend, making for easier and more accessible travel.
In Alberta the snow is continuing to fall in Banff-Lake Louise, with almost half a metre of snow this past week following the best January snow falls in five years. Last month the are received 167cm of dry, light snow - well above the 30 year average.
"Bright blue skies between the snow storms and mild temperatures have produced amazing conditions for skiers and riders at Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. And there's plenty of time left to enjoy it with three and a half months of skiing still to go in Canada's Protected Playground, Banff National Park." Said a statement from the resort.
Back in BC at powder capital Fernie there has been 22cm of snow in the last 48hrs and snow was reported to be falling at a rate of 5cm/hour.
"We are currently experiencing a Fernie Factor extreme. It is freaking crazy here!" commented Mountain Ops, Fernie Alpine Resort.