While British Columbia, and resorts in the Okanagan in particular, always receive plentiful snow each winter, the 2019/20 season was spectacular. The early period of the season from opening day to mid-December was normal. By the 16th December regular snow falls provided Big White Ski Resort with an accumulation of 165cm and an alpine base of 109cm.
By the 14th January 2020 that result had ballooned to 459cm accumulation and the alpine base was 262cm. Well ahead of averages for that period. It did not slow down. By 31st January the accumulation was 561cm and the alpine base was 291cm.
December and January combined, delivered very happy visitors 464cm accumulation. That’s about 60% more than the long-term 38 year average for these two months combined at Big White.
The first 15 days of February delivered 111cm more accumulation, well ahead of the long-term full month average for February of 100cm. By the 15th February the accumulation total was 672cm and the alpine base breached 300cm.
Unfortunately due to the BC Health Department COVID-19 order to close on March 16, 2020, recording of snowfall ceased, with an alpine base on closing day, of 302 cm. The snow kept on falling right though March and April, and it was looking like a record breaking season. Records indicate the total snowfall for the recorded season period reached a massive 6.12 metres (20 feet).
We’ll be back in 2020-21 hoping for similar conditions. Let it snow!
The highest recorded accumulations since records were collated in 1981-82 are:
*The resort saw snow on 96 days out of the 136 days of the season. The biggest one-day snowfall was 38 cm (15 inches).
Such results however are not surprising considering the historical snowfall consistency the mountain is renowned for.
The snowfall and snow base records from the last 38 seasons illustrate why the mountain is called Big White and reinforces why this ski resort, near Kelowna, BC, Canada, has earned such an enviable reputation for reliable champagne powder snow, every season.
While the result for this last season has been outstanding, records over the last 5 years, last 10 years and right across the last 30+ years demonstrate Big White turns on great snowfall with a high degree of certainty year in year out. Few other snow resorts enjoy such a high level of snow reliability.
Big White Ski Resort is always a reliable snow bet for international skiers, especially those that have to plan well ahead to secure air travel.
Coupled with the very attractive Canadian Dollar exchange rate; genuine ski-in, ski-out accommodation in the heart of the village; Stonebridge Lodge and Stonegate Resort are the perfect vacation lodgings, when booking your ski holiday.