First snow of the season falls on Whistler!

“Winter is coming.” The first snow of the season has arrived early atop Whistler Mountain!

According to Whistler/Blackcomb’s mountain resort webcams, the first dusting of snow for the 2013/2014 season fell over the last few days atop Whistler Mountain. However, it is far too early to tell whether this winter will be cold and snowy, mild and dry or some other combination.

According to meteorologists, there have been little hints from the relative temperature in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to whether we will be facing an El Nino (warm phase) or La Nina (cold phase).

The 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 winters were neither the El Nino nor La Nina, but many Vancouverites will likely remember the dry and balmy El Nino phase that hit the 2010 Winter (Spring) Olympics during the 2009/2010 season.

Whistler/Blackcomb is scheduled for a 2013/2014 opening day on November 28, although in recent years it has opened weeks earlier than expected. Vancouver’s local facilities at Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains have historically opened during the first week of December.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb

Images: Whistler/Blackcomb Mountain Cam