October 28, 2014 - 10:18 AM
KELOWNA - Crews at Big White awoke to about seven centimetres of the white stuff this morning and with temperatures sitting below zero and snow still falling, it is expected enough snow will be on the ground for season opening Nov. 27.
Josh Foster says in his 11 years at Big White they have only missed opening day once, and only by one day. As they complete more summer grooming, less snow is needed to open many of the runs as well.
“We just need 60 cm, even if it compacts down to 30 cm we’ll be able to open some runs,” he says, adding they were able to open two weeks early last year because of the snowfall.
Snow usually begins to stick as Halloween approaches every year and not before.
“But if it’s dry on Nov. 15, then we might get concerned,” Foster says, though one year, 10 days straight of snow beginning on Nov. 15 still allowed them to open on time.
Sun Peaks and Silver Star have also started to see accumulations already and are looking forward to opening day, Nov. 22 and Nov. 27 respectively.
“We still get some of the best snow fall accumulations over the winter though,” Foster says.
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