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Sun Peaks sees deepest alpine base in decades

Image Credit: Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort officials are seeing some record-breaking alpine snow depth numbers.

Almost halfway into January, the alpine snow depth is currently sitting at approximately 200 centimetres at Sun Peaks Resort.  Last year, by the end of January, the snow depth was 149 cm, according to Marketing and Communications Director of Sun Peaks Resort Christina Antoniak.

“We are already about 50 centimetres over what we had at the end of the month last year,” Antoniak says, adding last year was a drier season and a low year for precipitation.

“The average we see for the snow base in January, if we look at the past 25 years, usually by the end of the month we are at 137 cm,” she says. “If you look at the average, we are well over what our average is typically for this time of the year.”

Antoniak says this year was a bit of a slow start to the snowfall. The recent weather since New Year's Day has brought in the majority of the snow.

“If we look at January alone, we have seen an accumulated snowfall of 134 cm just this month in the last 13 days,” she says. “Typically we will see 107 cm of new snow in the month of January and we have already seen 134, so the snow has been really heavy and there has just been lots of it.”

The accumulated snowfall to date is 332 cm which is just shy of 11 feet.

With 92 days left of the season, Antoniak says after this week's cold snap, conditions will be ideal.

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