‘Ample snowfall’ set for south coast in coming weeks, says meteorologist 

Whistler Olympic Park set to open for Wednesday night skiing this week, Dec. 12

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Skiers and snowboarders might see their Christmas wish fulfilled a couple of weeks early.

“There’s some dynamic weather on the way in the next couple weeks to B.C.,” explained meteorologist Tyler Hamilton in a video posted to the Weather Network website on Monday, Dec. 10. “In the alpine, we’ll be measuring snowfall in the metres, not the centimetres through the next week or two. “

Thanks to a weather system coming from the northwest, coupled with a low pressure system expected to roll in from the southwest later in the week, snow is expected to accumulate throughout the region from Thursday into Friday.

“All of the ski resorts throughout the lower mainland, all of the five of the major ones throughout the South Coast are looking at ample snowfall. I guarantee a great skiing season ahead through the holidays,“ Hamilton said.

The snowfall already experienced last weekend has even enabled Whistler Olympic Park to open more trails—meaning locals’ favourite Wednesday Nights will begin this week (December 12), right on schedule.

Every Wednesday night from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Whistler Olympic Park will offer $7 trail tickets and $7 ski rentals per person. Newly added to this year’s list of Wednesday night offering are 55-minute Starter Lessons to teach new cross-country skiers the basic technique for classic or skate skiing. The lessons are available for participants aged 13 and over. They can be booked in advance or on site.

Afterwards, guests can relax around the outdoor bonfire or warm up in the Day Lodge with Wednesday specials on meals and beverages in Whistler Olympic Park’s fully licensed café, offered by Whistler Cooks.

“For now, conditions remain marginal on rolled compacted snow, and only cross country skiing is available (no trackset for classic yet),” read a release. “Dog-friendly trails, snowshoeing and tobogganing are not available yet and will be offered once more natural snow accumulates.”

Whistler Olympic Park is encouraging guests to check the Trail Conditions webpage for daily updates on available terrain and activities, available here.

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