Friday, February 3, 2012

Great Ski Vacations in Western Canada

An unusually high amount of snow has hit Western Canada this year, primarily due to the La Nina weather pattern. Hotels and resorts in the area are enjoying tourists that usually pick the Rockies over Alberta have wandered north this winter, following the great snowfall.

Red Mountain Resort was able to open 100% of its runs three weeks earlier than normal this year. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia has seen 17 feet of snowfall this winter, two of those in the month of January. The site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the two mountains offer over eight-thousand skiable acres of land, more than any other range in the U.S. or Canada.

The Canadian dollar is also improving in worth, attracting U.S. travelers. In 2008, the Canadian dollar was only worth $0.80. As of today, the two are virtually even.

Ben Fields, manager at Blackcomb’s Pine Mountain resort said the fact that Canada’s unusually high snowfall and the Rockies unusually light snowfall wasn’t necessarily good for the industry. “We’re happy to have it, but it benefits the whole industry if it snows all over North America,” he said. “We’d love to see you here though. We’re only three hours away from Los Angeles by plane.”

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