A second wave of massive snowfalls in the Pacific northwest region of Canada is seeing powder conditions across the province of British Columbia and in to Western Alberta.
Forecasting models are showing more of the same with potentially up to 70cm more for Big White over the coming week and a remarkable 1.5m more for Whistler in the same period.
Close to the Alberta border in the East of BC, Kicking Horse ski area has taken advantage of all the new snow (23cm there) to start opening fresh terrain that was previously off-limits to guests at the famous resort.
The Ozone area was made accessible for pro racers only last year when the Freeride World Tour rolled in to town but this year the resort has officially opened the Ozone South face and Middle Range, two enormous new pieces of terrain, to all.
“It’s unlike anywhere else, really, having so much of that big terrain,” Matt Mosteller, senior vice-president of marketing and resort experience at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, the company that owns Kicking Horse, told Danny Austin of the Calgary Herald, adding, “The new terrain is the biggest terrain expansion in Canada, if not North America. It’s a massive amount of terrain and it changes the dynamics of the vertical. Kicking Horse now has the fifth biggest vertical in North America.”
The new area offers 660 more acres of big-mountain skiing and snowboarding guests, with the upper terrain suited to advanced skiers whilst lower areas like the Feuz Bowl and Rudi’s Bowl are suited to intermediate level skiers too.
The Freeride World Tour’s only North American stop will be at Kicking Horse again from Feb. 2-8.