Snow science fuels BC ski resorts


There’s science behind that fluffy white stuff. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Strain) is excited to partner with SnowSeekers through January 2018 to bring you stories and inspiration about booking a snow-filled adventure you won’t forget. In our last installment, we wrote about the fine powder on BC’s coast. In this column, we get scientific.


You may have heard about some of these legends that are believed deliver an abundance of snow in some B.C. ski towns. There’s the Norwegian snow god Ullr and legendary folk hero, Griz, both household names in this neck of the woods and celebrated whenever the snow comes down in copious amounts.

There have been tales of sacrificial-style bonfires made from old skis, in the hopes of pleasing the “snow-makers” for a snow-filled ski season ahead. It’s a superstition taken to heart, and history shows that the praise pays back in powder.

Legends are rightfully revered as part of the fun culture of skiing, but we can also point to science to help predict what the ski season will bring.

El Nino, La Nina, Pineapple Express, low pressure fronts, jet streams, air masses and currents – what does it all mean? More importantly, when can we just get on with it and go ski the best days of our lives?

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SnowSeekers wanted to find out what makes Whistler Blackcomb so good for snow. (Photo Courtesy Jeff Bartlett)

Some pockets of British Columbia, like Whistler Blackcomb on B.C.’s Coast and Kicking Horse along the Powder Highway, are secretly and not-so-secretly known for incredible snowfall, year after year. What makes these places so darn good?

Check out Snowseekers’ story on the fascinating science of predicting the ski season’s snow forecast in Whistler and Kicking Horse, British Columbia.


Check out this page on SnowSeekers about where and how to SkiBC and start planning a ski and riding holiday.

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