Whistler-Blackcomb brings in the big guns 

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It’s hard to tell how much water will be used this year because every year is different.

Pasch said even if the snow starts falling from the sky in daily blizzards the guns will keep on pumping, provided the temperatures are right, so that there’s a deep enough snow pack to last through until the end of the season.

Although Pasch says this is the lowest he’s seen the snow pack at this time of year (he has been in Whistler since 1990), he seems confident that things are going to turn around.

"Definitely," he said.

"The weather is beginning a more winter-like trend. The inversion is gone. Snow systems are passing through."

Without the co-operation of Mother Nature Nicolson said it has been a humongous effort to date to get the snow on the ground.

"(But) we’re in the snow farming business," he said.

"Any opportunity to make snow somewhere, we’re making it."

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