December 2018’s snowfall in Whistler broke a 24-year-old record

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Just how epic has the snow been in Whistler lately? Well, their December snowfall total smashed a previous record held for 24-years. And the snow keeps falling.

Guy Fattal drops in on Blackcomb for a Christmas Eve rip. (Mitch Winton/Whistler Blackcomb)

Daily statistics compiled by the mountain show a record 384 cm of fresh snow fell last month, beating the all-time record for a December month, set in 1994, by four centimetres, according to Whistler Blackcomb reps.

And, while it may prove challenging for drivers making their way up the Sea to Sky Highway, the snow is continuing to come down in January, making the mountain resort community a prime destination for lower mainland residents looking to hit the slopes.

This week, the pacific storm that soaked Metro Vancouver brought 74 cm of snow to Whistler Blackcomb between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, forcing the closure of the highway. However, the resort is fully open and the conditions are prime for weekend adventures in the snow–or cozy indoors for some serious apres.

Fun-seekers heading to Whistler are urged to check DriveBC for current road conditions. The Whistler Blackcomb website offers skiers and boarders current slope conditions, too.

“It was a phenomenal holiday period and we’ve got a great base to start the season, particularly given the snow we’ve had in the first days of January. It took some time to arrive this season, but it’s not letting up,” said Marc Riddell, Whistler Blackcomb & Northwest Public Relations Director.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom