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Whistler Snow Report for 21 May 2015

  • Weather Forecast for Whistler at  m altitude issued: 4 am26 May 2015 (local time)  
Ski Canada - BC

Whistler Snow Report for 21 May 2015

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Our Snow Report for Whistler brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Whistler snow report shown below was updated on 21 May 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 Whistler.

Whistler Snow Report Issued: 21 May 2015

Season opens: 22 November 2014 | Season closes: 7 June 2015

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 5 May 2015
Fresh snow depth:4cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
98
98
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pisteWet
PowderOff piste Varied
Resort runsResort runsClosed

Resort Ski Report:4 out of 26Lifts open.

Whistler Snow Conditions:The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes

Reported Weather Conditions:Rain,Slopes suffering in the rain,Temperature: 16°C

  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

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)
Tue Wed Thu

(1850m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

7201 km away

300
200
Powder
Powder
26 days ago
14
43
12
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2025 m
1300m 1250m 1400m

(670m — 1150m)

snow report today

8452 km away

61 days ago
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 910 m
2050m 2300m 2850m

(860m — 1250m)

snow report today

8454 km away

Le Lac Blanc webcam
84 days ago
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1055 m
2050m 2250m 2800m

(900m — 1350m)

snow report today

8459 km away

La Bresse Hohneck webcam
40
20
Spring 51 days ago
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1125 m
2100m 2300m 2850m

(870m — 1110m)

snow report today

8465 km away

89 days ago
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 990 m
2100m 2300m 2850m

Notes on the Whistler Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Whistler weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Whistler, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Whistler. 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, Whistler snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Whistler snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Whistler 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 Whistler 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 Whistler, study the Whistler piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Whistler snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Whistler 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 Whistler (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Whistler Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Whistler 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.