Seeking Snow

5 Feb

In the middle of winter, most people want to get away to somewhere sunny, sandy, and hot. But not us. Last weekend we headed out of town to find some snow.

Not that sun, sand, and mimosas on the beach are bad things in January. In fact, we were very happy to see some sun. But winter hasn’t been all that wintry on the south coast this year and our snowboards are keeping the dust bunnies company in the closet instead of shredding the gnarr on the local hills. Sad face.

Sunny peak

Sunny peak


Fake It Till You Make It

The local mountains are relying on snow-making equipment to keep as many runs open as possible, but facilities without that technology are out of luck. Mount Washington had to close their gates last week. This is a resort that receives an average of 12 meters of snow every year. So far this season, they’ve got less than 100 centimetres. Double sad face.

Which Winter?

The Farmer’s almanac offered a conflicted 2014 winter forecast for our region. One prediction said “snowfall will be above normal [for] southernmost British Columbia,” another said “drier than normal precipitation amounts are expected over British Columbia.”

I was really hoping for the former, but instead of powder days, many folks are settling for an early start to mountain biking season.

Farmer's Almanac Canada Winter 2014

Farmer’s Almanac Canada Winter 2014


Saviour to the South

Luckily, Mount Baker (just a 90 minute drive into Washington) is one of the snowiest places on earth. In the 1998/99 season, it set a world record for snowfall in a single season when it received almost 29 metres. On average, it receives about 16 metres a year.

So far this season, they’re at just over 2 metres. They’re not going to break any records, but they’ve got a good base, they’re close, and the lift tickets are cheap, even with the slumping Canadian dollar.

Shred, Hot Tub, Repeat

Long story short: we hit the hills hard and the hot tub even harder. It was glorious.

And hey, it looks like the local hills and even the city might get some snowfall this weekend, so there’s still hope. The season’s not over till it’s over!

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up





That's some view

That’s some view



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2 Responses to “Seeking Snow”

  1. Lori D February 6, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Glad to see you are enjoying life – you deserve it my friend! Take care!

  2. cherylchisholm February 6, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Small is beautiful, what a backdrop! Oh this post jogs my memory back to so many adventures and some minor mishaps, all kinds of experiences while travelling this terrain. Baker is the real deal : )

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