While Metro Vancouver saw an unprecedented amount of rain on Friday, the slopes of Whistler, B.C. experienced a late summer snowfall.
On Saturday, webcam photos from the top of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains showed a blanket of snow on the ground.
Some areas in the mountains, normally popular hiking destinations at this time of year, were closed due to snow, while others were only open to experts.
“Ascent Trail & Alpine Loop will be open today on Blackcomb Mountain with winter conditions. Experts only,” read a tweet from Whistler Blackcomb Operations on Saturday morning.
Despite the snow at the top, the base of the mountains and the village of Whistler were snowless.
And while the snow has reached the slopes of Whistler, local Vancouver ski areas such as Grouse and Cypress have yet to see a blanket of snow.
Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to open on November 25 after the ski resort closed in March, which was earlier than usual, due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The company offered refunds to some customers who had pre-purchased lift tickets and passes, but some told CTV News Vancouver they were being left behind, having purchased hundreds, if not thousands of. dollars in lift tickets that had not been refunded.
Vale Resorts, the parent company, is currently promoting lift ticket deals for the 2021-2022 season, and says it is monitoring public health guidelines for COVID-19.