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Why you should head west for a B.C. ski holiday this winter
If you've ever gazed out at traffic gridlock from the 504 TTC streetcar in Toronto, watching the snow fall endlessly, you've likely wondered how great it would be to put all that snow to better use. Well you can by heading west, strapping on your skis or a board and escaping the big city winter blues.
John Muir, the founder of the conservation organization Sierra Club, once said, "The mountains are calling, and I must go," and people from across Canada heed the call every year to find the joy of winter.
The names of some of the ski runs alone sound otherworldly. At Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C., cruise My Blue Heaven, holler Hallelujah and say an Amen as you navigate the 2,800-plus skiable acres. Further west, at Whistler Blackcomb, scout out Secret Bowl, coast down Angel Dust and get In the Spirit, just a sampling of its more than 200 marked runs.
Below average forecasts should entice any skier or rider, because cooler temperatures help create that light, champagne powder that people dream about.
La Nina winters are often changeable, and we do expect periods of mild and dry weather, but we expect those periods will be more than offset by periods of colder and snowy weather, says Gillham.
While forecasting the perfect time can come down to luck, the regular storm cycles interspersed with sunshine can mean sensational ski days.
As for the Farmer's Almanac, some may follow it religiously, while others just take a wait-and-see attitude. One mountain local, who has seen his share of the best surprise powder days in his lifetime, just shrugs and says, "Who knows, you get what you get. What do farmers know about skiing, anyway?"
Point well taken.
If You Go
Getting to Whistler is easy, fly into Vancouver's International Airport and catch a two-hour shuttle up the sea to sky. Stay slope side - ditch the car. Plan here.
Getting to Kicking Horse or anywhere along the Powder Highway is pretty straight forward as well by landing in Cranbrook and the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Plan here.