Whistler Blackcomb surpasses average annual snowfall with two months left in the season

5th March, 2012

WHISTLER, BC, March 15, 2012 – With 35 cm (14 inches) in the past 24 hours, Whistler Blackcomb has officially surpassed their average annual snowfall (1,042cm, 410 inches) with more than two full months remaining in the ski/snowboard season. Since Friday March 9, Whistler Blackcomb has received over 183 cm (6 feet) of snow bringing their total snowfall to an impressive 1066 cm (35 feet).

“La Nina has not disappointed us this year and we have had an incredible season so far,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “March has brought us some amazing storm cycles resulting in more than 222 cm, and six 20 plus centimeter days. All of this snow coupled with over 1,100 acres of groomed runs each night makes it the perfect time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”

The 2011/2012 season is the third consecutive season that Whistler Blackcomb has surpassed their annual average snowfall before the end of March. Whistler Blackcomb enjoys some of the most consistent and reliable snow accumulations compared to any major resort in the world. Their consistent snowfall coupled with one of the biggest snowmaking infrastructures in North America makes for amazing skiing at Whistler Blackcomb from early season to late in the season.

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Statistics
• 222cm (87 inches) of snow has fallen in March, surpassing the month’s average snowfall of 177cm (70 inches).
• Whistler Blackcomb has one of the longest ski/snowboard seasons in North America, with operations on Blackcomb Mountain extending to May 21.
• The 2011/2012 season is the third consecutive season Whistler Blackcomb has surpassed their average annual snowfall before the end of March.

About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 14 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,042 centimetres (410 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. For more information, visit whistlerblackcomb.com.