Whistler, B.C., November 17, 2003 - Whistler residents awoke this morning to more than 40 centimetres (16 inches) of new snow on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
With scattered flurries to remain over the area today and an additional 15 to 20 centimetres (6 inches) for tonight combined with a new frontal system that will stall over Whistler on Tuesday, Environment Canada is anticipating that Whistler will receive an additional 65 to 70 centimeters (27 inches) of snow this week.
Jim Roemer (a.k.a. Dr. Weather), with BestSkiWeather.com and member of the American Metrological Society, told The Whistler Question newspaper (November 13, 2003) that "an early winter for Whistler looks to be the case, with probably two to five feet of snow over the next 10 days or so." Peter Geiger, Editor of the Farmers Almanac, stated that "basically we are looking at a cold and snowy winter in Whistler."
Even with an average annual snowfall of more than nine metres (30 feet), Whistler Blackcomb has taken advantage of cooler temperatures to make more snow this year than by opening day last year. Opening day on Blackcomb Mountain is November 22, 2003 and Whistler Mountain opens five days later on November 27.
The season kicks off with the third annual Whistler Film Festival offering audiences and filmmakers the opportunity to experience the adventure of film December 4-7. The festival provides an interactive and entertaining environment to screen films and share insights on innovations in filmmaking, media artistry and digital technology. The festival features four days of films, filmmaker appearances, seven filmmaking workshops and special events. Web site: www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Snow Scene 2003 December 11-14 will feature the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup, with athletes from around the world competing in Parallel Giant Slalom, Snowboard-Cross and Halfpipe. Festival celebrations in Whistler Village will include two major concerts at the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre.
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