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

Just how epic has the snow been in Whistler lately? Well, its 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. Photo Mitch Winton/Whistler Blackcomb
Guy Fattal drops in on Blackcomb for a Christmas Eve rip. Photo Mitch Winton/Whistler Blackcomb

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

Daily statistics compiled by the mountain show a record 384 cm of fresh snow fell last month, beating the all-time record for the month of December, 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 and Northwest public relations director.

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