According to Peter Harding, our Ski Area Manager at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, the science behind making snow is simple; “14 snow guns + 15 million gallons of water + cold weather = white fluffy snow”. Although Peter makes it sound simple it actually adds up to 50 days of around the clock snowmaking, equating to a manmade base of approximately two feet. To get the best possible conditions Mother Nature needs a bit of help, a push in the right direction and a jolt of winter!
According to the Canadian Ski Council in an article titled “Now Screening at BC Winter Resorts: La Nina: The Sequel” , it is predicted to be yet again a fabulous snow year for many areas of B.C. Ski Resorts all throughout Canada last year received record levels of snowfall, providing some of the best conditions we’ve seen in years. Weather experts have again issued a ‘white alert’, across B.C, so wax those ski’s and snowboards and get ready to hit the snow!
Like a Blue Moon it doesn't happen often, but it's almost May and locals are still making smooth, sweet turns at the Ski Area. Although the lifts are no longer turning, there's incredible snow cover and keeners are stealing a couple of runs almost every evening.
Great event last weekend! What a hilarious experience racing a sled down the ski hill. The imagination of our staff is outrageously funny. Hot tubs, cardboard cars, the roof of a golf cart, a sunbathing chair; were just a few of the creative sled designs. The photos are hilarious too - the crashes were possibly even more creative than the sleds themselves! I can't wait to do it all again next year! Jocelyn MacGregor BC Rockies Adventures
We had even more snow fall last night - right on the heels of Saturday's storm! Not what you'd expect in April but the snow means the hill is in great condition and sporting fresh powder in the first week of April! The hill is closing on Sunday, April 10 but for the rest of the week get up there and enjoy the "spring" conditions. And even though everything is white outside today it's going to melt quickly and we will be right back into the golf swing of things. Riverside opened last Friday and we're ready to go ... as soon as the sun pops out and warms things up!
What a weekend on the mountain! It snowed really hard on Saturday morning and by mid-afternoon folks were tearing up 15cm of powder! Deep turns on super smooth corduroy meant it was one of the very best days of the season. Right now, there’s so much snow we could probably ski until May, but it’s time to golf so we’re going to wrap things up this weekend and get out on Riverside. Get up here for some fun in the sun (probably some POW too) on Saturday and Sunday; there will be live music, homemade luge races and a BBQ on the deck for all.