It wintered so hard at Whistler Blackcomb today that lifts had to close

Jan 4 2019, 8:56 am

We knew Old Man Winter was in full rage-mode today, and now it seems no one was spared – not even his usually close friends such as Whistler Blackcomb.

Case in point: After more than three dozen weather warnings were issued across the province today, even the resort famous for its winter terrain was forced to make a few adjustments.

The day began with things sounding very promising.

But then things started happening.

Not about to give up on the goods, the lift operations team persisted.

As the day went on, and the winter storm continued to hammer the region with wind and snow, the resort started to feel the effects.

Some lifts opened, some closed, and some were on standby.

Others stopped turning for the day altogether.

Local ski hills affected too

Vancouver’s local ski hills also adjusted their operations today due to the weather and avalanche conditions.

At North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain, all ski and snowboard lessons were postponed and chalet facilities and downhill area were put on standby until further notice.

At Mount Seymour, two lifts were on standby and two others (one of which was the bunny hill) remained open.

Over at West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain, two lifts were put on high-wind standby, while another three lifts remained in operation.

And avalanche forecasters are predicting another 30 to 50 cm of snow at higher elevations on Friday, with freezing level steady around 1200 m and moderate to strong winds from the southwest.

In a bulletin, Avalanche Canada said the danger rating has been upgraded to “extreme” for treeline and alpine areas, and that fresh storm slabs formed on Wednesday night would get “soaked” with heavy rain today.

“The rising then dropping freezing level makes it hard to predict the rain/snow mix and the exact properties of the storm slabs throughout the day, but regardless, all the ingredients for dangerous avalanche conditions are there,” they added.

And while many may have been wishing specifically for a white Christmas, today’s storm proved that when it comes to the weather, Mother Nature pretty much does whatever she wants.

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