Okanagan ski slopes receive first major snowfall of the season – Okanagan


From north to south, snow begins to cover the Okanagan ski slopes.

In the South Okanagan, Apex mountain station experienced its first significant snowfall of the season, with some sections reaching 7 to 10 cm (three to four inches).

However, Apex chief executive James Shalman said local skiers and snowboarders shouldn’t be too excited yet, as temperatures above zero are expected in the near term.

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“Three or four inches of snow might not stay there long term,” Shalman told Global News.

“But another week or two, and any snow we get usually stays all season.”

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In the central Okanagan, webcams at Grand White Resort showed a light dusting at elevations below five cm (two inches) at higher elevations.

Conditions at Big White Ski Resort on October 13, 2021.

Big White Ski Resort

In the north Okanagan, SilverStar Resort also had a varying amount of mountain coverage.

“We had a dusting a week or two ago, but this is the first time this season that we’ve seen a good build-up from the village level to the top,” said Doug Chimuk, Marketing Director for SilverStar.

“It’s always good for this time of year and it’s great to see it carpet the whole mountain, not just the top.”

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Shalman and Chimuk both said the timing and amount of snow this week was about average.

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“Last year we had 3.5 feet of snow on September 27-28-29. So compared to last year, it’s actually late for a heavy snow dump. But the year before, it was more towards mid-end of October.

“So it’s still around this time, and, to be perfectly honest, I’m not too excited until we move at the end of October, when it’s actually snowing.”

Says Chimuk: “It is happening just when we expect it to be. We’re starting to see the biggest accumulations start in October; Sometimes we see it as early as the end of September, but it’s usually from the beginning to mid-October that we start to see the heaviest snowfall.

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