October 27, 2014 - 11:25 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Two of the three big ski hills in the region are starting to see snow accumulate and that means one thing, ski season is just around the corner.
The first runs are set to open Nov. 22 at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, though preseason race training will start as soon as there is enough snow on the ground, which could be almost any time.
“This is about the time of year where temperatures drop and precipitation becomes snow,” Brandi Shier of Sun Peaks says. “The snow guns even fired up Sunday.”
Sun Peaks has a 16 centimetre snow base at the mid-mountain level and Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon is also seeing snow accumulate, though they do not yet have an accurate measure of the base yet.
Silver Star and Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna are both set to open Nov. 27, though Big White hasn't had any snow stick around yet. Both Sun Peaks and Silver Star webcams show snow even at the village level but Big White has only seeing snow at the higher elevations.
More snow is expected at all three ski hills this week.
Apex Mountain near Penticton and Harper Mountain near Kamloops run shorter seasons and plan to open between Dec. 6-8. On the heels of a ski lift malfunction last season, Crystal Mountain in West Kelowna will remain closed this season.
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