Changes to WB Backcountry Forecasting
WHISTLER, BC October 27, 2016 – Backcountry enthusiasts in the Whistler area will notice changes in how the Backcountry Avalanche Forecasts are reported this season. Avalanche Canada, the lead agency for backcountry avalanche safety in Canada, has redrawn the boundaries of its Sea-to-Sky region to include Whistler Blackcomb and will now lead on producing the avalanche forecast for the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry.
“This change will help backcountry users in our area have a better understanding of conditions,” says Doug Macfarlane, Whistler Blackcomb’s Director of Mountain Operations. “There will be an increased consistency in the information offered, with the Sea-to-Sky forecast now coming from one agency, Avalanche Canada. Our patrol forecast team at Whistler Blackcomb will continue to work diligently with Avalanche Canada to share the most accurate information from our area.”
“Changing the boundaries of the Sea-to-Sky region increases the accuracy of that forecast region,” explains Karl Klassen, Manager of Avalanche Canada’s Warning Service. “The boundary between the Sea-to-Sky region and our new South Coast region is now at Squamish. This groups the warmer and lower mountains south of Squamish with the North Shore Mountains, and allows the Sea-to-Sky region to focus on the higher, colder mountains. This results in regions that are more consistent in terms of terrain and climate, which makes it easier for Avalanche Canada forecasters to provide accurate information to backcountry users in these areas.”
Avalanche Canada produces daily reports for the Sea-to-Sky region throughout the winter, which will be available on Whistler Blackcomb’s website once the mountain opens for winter operations. This change will standardize reports for the region and streamline information for backcountry users in the Whistler area.
More information about backcountry safety at Whistler Blackcomb is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/backcountry.
Avalanche forecasts and more information about Avalanche Canada is available at www.avalanche.ca.
Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,170 centimetres (461 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.