While snowfall in Metro Vancouver created chaotic road conditions for shoppers on Boxing Day, atop the mountains on the South Coast it further solidified what has been one of the strongest early winter ski seasons in many years.
One week into the official start of winter, some local mountains are already near or at the halfway point of their seasonal snowfall average. For instance, Cypress Mountain is already reporting a mid-mountain snow base of nearly 10 feet.
There have been reports late this morning of people being turned away at Cypress Mountain as the parking lots being filled to capacity.
Anyone who is heading up to the mountains is warned to stay within boundaries due to hazardous conditions, including a high avalanche risk.
North Shore Rescue have been searching Cypress Mountain for three missing individuals since the Christmas weekend. One snowboarder has already been safely rescued from a steep gully, but two hikers remain missing.
Here are the snow accumulations for the local mountains: