Dear Kamloops, winter isn’t over yet.
Officially, winter doesn’t actually end until March 20, but it appears spring is in the air in Canada’s Tournament Capital. The snow has melted in the city, but that doesn’t mean the same can be said for Sun Peaks.
“Do they still have snow?” is a regular question I’ve had people in Kamloops ask me with complete sincerity since the calendar turned to March.
Admittedly, it was a mild winter in Kamloops. There was no big snowstorm, nor were there extended days with very cold temperatures. Following recent less-than-stellar ski seasons, it’s not overly surprising that skiing has been pushed to the low end of people’s
Yet, people are seemingly surprised when I tell them how much I’ve enjoyed my days on the mountain.
The mild winter in the region has resulted in a fantastic ski season with relatively warm temperatures and lots of fresh snow, and that trend is continuing as spring approaches.
March started with a big snowfall depositing over a foot of fresh powder. It snowed so heavily on March 1 they had to cancel the new racing event ‘So You Think You’re Fast, Eh?’ The second week did not slow down. A dump on March 13 and 14 saw 20 centimetres of snow fall in 24 hours pushing the alpine base over 250 cm.
All 135 alpine trails remain open and snow is expected to continue to fall as the month continues. Current long-term forecasts indicate moderate, but not overly warm temperatures through March, which could lead to the best spring skiing conditions in
At press time the mid-mountain snow base was 225 cm, according to the Sun Peaks website, and if the snow keeps falling it could be the first season since 1999 to have a snow base of over 200 cm at mid-mountain at the end of March.
March sees 94.1 cm of new snow on average, but much of it tends to melt as the temperature increases. The highest mid-mountain base since the turn of the century was 182 cm (in 2007 and 2014). The base doesn’t usually shrink dramatically throughout March, which puts 2016 on pace to have the highest snow base so far this century.
March skiing conditions are great, but if you can’t tell from Kamloops it’s okay if you leave the snow for the rest of us.