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Big White Snow Report for 26 Jan 2015

Our Snow Report for Big White brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Big White snow report shown below was updated on 26 Jan 2015. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Big White.

Big White Snow Report Issued: 26 Jan 2015

Season opens: 29 November 2014 | Season closes: 12 April 2015

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Season open
Most recent snowfall: on 22 Jan 2015
Fresh snow depth: 4 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
183
183
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste
Excellent
Powder Off piste
Varied
Resort runs Resort runs Good

Resort Ski Report: 14 out of 16 Lifts open.

Big White Snow Conditions: Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls

Reported Weather Conditions: Sun/cloud, Partly cloudy, some sunny spells, Temperature: 2° C

  
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Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed

(1189m — 2134m)

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41 km away

3
20
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1662 m
2750m 1900m 1450m

(1155m — 1916m)

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66 km away

160
130
Wet
Varied
4 days ago
1
7
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1536 m
2900m 2100m 1500m

(1689m — 2149m)

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73 km away

4
15
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1919 m
2500m 1600m 1250m

(1570m — 2180m)

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88 km away

Apex Resort webcam
170
170
Packed
Varied
4 days ago
1
6
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1875 m
3150m 2100m 1550m

(1183m — 2073m)

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109 km away

Red Mountain Resort webcam
130
80

Excellent

Powder
4 days ago
1
12
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1628 m
3350m 2450m 1500m

Notes on the Big White Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Big White. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Big White piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Big White snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Big White, the Big White weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Big White weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Big White, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Big White. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Big White snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Big White snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Big White snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Big White snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Big White, study the Big White piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Big White snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Big White on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Big White (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Big White Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Big White snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.