Whistler, BC—Whistler Resort awoke this morning to a winter wonderland as Mother Nature dropped 34 centimetres or 13 inches of snow on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains overnight. This brings the total snowfall since Christmas Day up to 2.3 metres or close to eight feet of snow. The height of snow as measured at 1,650 metres or 5,400 feet on Whistler Mountain is just shy of breaking the 200 centimetre mark and is 196 centimetres or 77 inches.

“I skied a mid-mountain run for my first run this morning and was, without an ounce of exaggeration, choking on the snow,” says Jeremy Roche, Product Development Manager for Whistler Blackcomb.

Kevin Sansalone, pro snowboarder, filmmaker and Whistler Blackcomb athlete, also had lots to say about this morning’s conditions. “It has been so good this year… day after day since Christmas Day I’ve woken up each morning to new snow,” he said from the mountain. “It’s super deep today! I made the right decision to stay home in Whistler this year.”

Big Mountain pro skier Hugo Harrisson also checked in from the chairlift. “It’s the best day of the season so far, it’s killer!” he says.

With 7,400 acres open for skiing and riding, January already rocks in Whistler. An average snowfall for the month of January is 194 centimetres or 76 inches. To date this month, the mountains have already received 151 centimetres or 59 inches and the forecast looks excellent. A series of Pacific frontal systems coming in from the northwest will predominate this week dropping more snow with temperatures remaining cold to the valley floor.

“Our Patrollers have been working long hours these past two weeks to enable as much of the alpine to open as quickly as possible each day,” says Bernie Protsch, Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol Manager. “It has been a lot of hard work to keep on top of all the avalanche control work required. The snowfall is officially measured at mid-mountain due to the difficulty of obtaining an accurate measurement in the alpine, but we’ve had way more snow fall in the alpine. It’s awesome up here!”

With Avalanche Awareness Days approaching on January 13-15, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol reminds skiers and riders venturing out of bounds to do so with extreme caution and to be aware of the avalanche hazard before heading out. “No-one should be heading out of bounds without the right back country gear, knowledge, experience, and the ability to self-rescue, plus everyone should have enough supplies and clothing to survive a night or two if required with these big storms,” says Protsch. “Fresh powder can be enticing, but it’s plentiful in bounds and Whistler Blackcomb’s expansive terrain offers trees, wide open bowls, steep chutes and the most vertical in North America. Stay safe, observe signage that’s there for your safety, and stay in bounds, unless you know what you’re doing.”

For detailed snow reports and weather forecasts, as well as greatvacation deals and hotel rooms from as low as $99 per night, check out www.whistlerblackcomb.com or call the Snowphone at 1-866-218-9690.