British Columbia could be in for a warmer than normal winter and now forecasters are speculating about what could mean for the ski season on the North Shore hills.
Accuweather is predicting temperatures well above normal because of a strong El Niño. But it’s also expecting more snow on local mountains.
Last year, North Shore ski resorts were hit particularly hard because of the warm weather. Many had to close early.
But Matt MacDonald, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, doesn’t share the same optimism about more snow.
“With these higher than normal temperatures expected right throughout the winter and into next spring, unfortunately a higher proportion of the total snowfall will fall as rain,” he said. “So the average freezing level will be a little bit higher, by the tune of about two to four hundred metres, meaning that for the North Shore Mountains, not the greatest news. Places like Whistler that benefit from more vertical won’t fare too bad, but definitely not as much snow in the village.”