Winter is far from over at Whistler Blackcomb after a powerful March storm dumped 60cm/23 inches of snow in 48 hours, priming the slopes for an epic Easter long weekend of skiing and riding. The 2009/2010 season is so far Whistler Blackcomb's third snowiest winter on record with over 1,346cm or 44 feet fallen. The second snowiest season is only slightly higher with 1,416cm/46.5 feet of snow.
"Our snow base is more than 350cm/11.5 feet and conditions could not be better for this time of year. The snowpack is deeper than normal and we've received plenty of fresh snow with this recent storm," said Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Manager. "All of this snow sets us up really well for winter-like conditions this long weekend. We're also looking at a great base for spring skiing, which will continue through to May 24th."
Cypress Mountain, famous from the Olympics, has reported another 50cm of new snow.
A little inland Fernie Alpine Resort received 25cm (10 inches) of snowfall overnight and over 36cm (14inches) in four days while Kimberley Alpine Resort had a nice dump of 10cm (4 inches) in 24 hours.
Further east still in Alberta, Spring skiing at Marmot Basin keeps gaining momentum, with 15 centimetres (six inches) of new snow in the past 48 hours and more new snow expected in days to come. With the recent mild temperatures, excellent snow coverage and a 150cm (five foot) base
There's been fresh snow on the East Coast too, at Mont-Sainte-Anne and Stoneham Mountain Resorts in Quebec nearly 40cm (16 inches) of fresh snow received during the last week.