|Snow Report - 30 Mar 2015|
Lake Louise & Ski Banff @ Mt Norquay
|Last snowed|| 29-Mar-2015|
|Fresh snow||2 cm|
|Lower slopes||160 cm|
|Upper slopes||160 cm|
|Runs to resort||Spring snow|
|Off piste snow||Tracked|
|Comments||Very good piste conditions, best at top|
Snow Overview - Canada (snow news updated 29-Mar-2015)
Good skiing is on offer at present in Alberta, with the resorts benefitting from slightly cooler air than their neighbours in British Columbia. Light snow was falling at both Marmot basin (130cm) and the three Banff (165cm) resorts, although the very lowest slopes were seeing a wintry mix instead. Unsettled and mild weather is expected to continue this week, bringing similar conditions to Thursday 26th March – so head high for the best conditions and the chance of some fresh powdery turns.
Fresh snow has fallen across much of British Columbia, but with relatively high freezing levels, the snow is heavy and lower down was mixed with rain at times. That being said, some great gains have been made on the upper slopes at resorts such as Big White (228cm) which saw 24cm of new snow into Thursday, Silver Star (125/215cm) that caught 20cm and Sun Peaks (152/190cm) where 26cm fell. Whistler (188cm) also caught 12cm of new snow, taking the seven day total to 63cm. More of the same is expected over the weekend with snow falling up high but rain lower down, before colder conditions drop the snow level at the start of new week which is good news.
Thursday was a cloudy day in eastern Canada, where Mont Sainte-Anne (110/170cm) saw a nice 4cm top up but Tremblant (110/190cm) remained dry. Conditions across the mountain remain excellent, with some nice corn snow lower down and some good packed powder up high. Saturday is looking like a stunning sunny day before the clouds move in once more on Sunday, bringing some further light snow.
North American Weather Outlook
Spring is forecast to return to the Rockies over the weekend, particularly in Utah where sunny skies and mid-mountain temperatures of between +6C and +8C. Expect some slightly cloudier skies in Colorado, bringing with it the chance of some light rain on Sunday/Monday. The next colder change is set for the second half of next week based on current forecasts.
Warm sunshine is forecast for California, with daytime temperatures hitting +10C at mid-mountain over the weekend. Some rain showers are possible on Saturday and Sunday which is not great news as the snowpack is already suffering.
Western Canada is looking unsettled over the weekend, with precipitation expected at all of our featured resorts. Sadly much of this is set to fall as rain in British Columbia on all but the highest peaks, and even in the higher altitude resorts of Alberta. Colder weather is currently forecast to arrive on Tuesday and much of the rain is set to turn to snow which is good news.
Slightly milder conditions have also finally become established on the east coast of both Canada and the USA, but temperatures are expected to reach maximums of around +2C rather than the double digits of the west coast. Some new snow is expected in colder spells, such as on Friday and then again on Monday, when a further 10cm of new snow is expected.