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erikwh

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not to the turkey sale but I've been to the snow show (I think that's what its called - it was at BC place) a few times and found some good deals.
 

atbell

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I just got back from the sale. A fair amount of stuff and I got some goggles at about 1/3 the price (50$ off or so).

I would have looked around a bit more but I poped a tire on the way up and was not in the mood to spend more money then I had to after that :mad:
 
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SuperKennyK

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I got some Northface Goretex pants; original price $550, sale price; $250.

Also picked up all my gear, including a helmet with a built in subwoofer and speakers!
 

watanabee

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Burton Sample/Demo Sale

Who: BURTON, ANALOG, GRAVIS,
RED & ANON products

What: Huge Sample and Demo sale

Where: #207 - 236 W. 7th Ave, Vancouver (2 blocks east
of the Cdn. Tire/Best Buy on Cambie)

When: Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday Oct. 12/06
Noon - 8 PM daily.

Why: Because everyone needs great deals and we have
tons of good stuff you need:
Apparel, Bags, Snowboard Equipment Shoes,
Tees, Hoodies, Accessories, and more!

How: Any way you can, just get there!
 

atbell

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Cypress info

Cypress had frost at the base two days ago but has yet to see snow.

I've also been informed that the West Van police force has an operations centre at the bottom of the road leading up to the hill and they frequently have speed traps set up there.
 
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watanabee

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atbell said:
I've also been informed that the West Van police force has an operations centre at the bottom of the road leading up to the hill and they frequently have speed traps set up there.
this is true. watch your speed going up the mountain, it's easy to push the 60km/h speed limit and at peak times the cops are all over that.
 

watanabee

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KiFe said:
What suggests that the seasons looks snowy this year?
So here's an article from the Pique newspaper on the upcoming El Nino season.
Basically what is says is that El Nino will produce a dryer winter for all Canadian regions except the coast that will recieve above average precipitation. The issue is that there will be expected higher than normal tempertaures and higher freezing levels. So if this is true, anything above the roundhouse on Whistler should get dumps of moist snow and anything at a lower elevation could be a little sketchy, including Cypress.

But really...no one really knows what the hell is going to happen. Past seasons with el Nino winters have been record breaking for snowfall.

Some homeless guy told me the other day that it's going to dump shit loads of snow this winter, so I'm going to go with that forecast.



ARTICLE STARTS NOW!

Environment Canada predicting warmer winter
El Niño could be good news for Whistler

Published Date: 2006-10-12 Time: 10:10:42

By Andrew Mitchell

While no doubt some Canadians are welcoming the Meteorological Service of Canada’s forecast of a warm, dry winter, the impact on coastal mountain resorts like Whistler may not be as bad.

According to MSC weather forecaster Peter Jones, the main culprit behind the warmer temperatures is an El Niño developing over the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Warmer El Niño waters typically influence temperatures across Canada, to the extent that it has become one of the more reliable forecasting tools for meteorologists.

The connection between El Niño and precipitation is less certain, says Jones, and on the coast it can vary depending on the presence of an Aleutian low pressure system further north. While most of the country could experience lower precipitation because of El Niño, the coast could actually be a great deal wetter.

That, says Jones, is where freezing levels come in and higher temperatures will have the greatest impact.

“In the end, what we think we know and do know to some extent is that at lower elevations in the Coast Mountains, 1,200 metres and below, whatever precipitation falls will fall more as rain proportionally than in a normal winter,” said Jones. “When you look at Cypress Bowl at 350 metres you can see the snow at a fraction (of normal) during an El Niño, while at 1,900 metres at the Roundhouse (on Whistler) — where we have records back to 1973 — is more total snow.

“It might be wetter snow on average, because the freezing level is a little higher, but overall that’s what we’ve seen.”

Some of Whistler-Blackcomb’s best winter seasons, including 1997-98 and 1998-99 were El Niño years.

El Niño conditions in the Pacific so far are rated as weak, but according to MSC computer models will become moderate by December and the start of the winter season. As a result there is less likelihood of arctic outbreaks that last for any length of time, if the southern part of the province sees any arctic weather at all, and parts of the Lower Mainland will likely stay snowless throughout the winter.

“Personally I’m a skier so I’m always interested in the data, and I’m anticipating a lot of questions about this because of the huge economic impact it could have on the province, a lot of questions about the snow,” Jones said. “It’s only in rare years that I would take the time to explain what we know, every other year I would say we’re guessing, don’t waste you’re time on this even though we put out a seasonal forecast for every season.

“El Niño winters are different — only when El Niño is moderate or strong do we have any confidence in (the seasonal forecast).”

For December through the end of February, temperatures in the southern part of the province are expected to be about 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer on average, with parts of Ontario and Manitoba expecting temperatures almost three degrees warmer. Temperatures will be close to normal, about one degree warmer than average, for March, April and May.

In terms of precipitation, the Coast Mountains could see anywhere from 0.2 to 3.8 additional millimetres per day, averaged out over December, January and February, while the Interior of the province could see a drop of 0.3 mm per day on average — depending on the strength and position of the Aleutian Low.

Precipitation in March, April and May for the Coast Mountains is forecast to be close to normal, or about 0.1 mm per day above average.

Although there is no established link between El Niño and global warming, some evidence suggests that there’s an indirect link that amplifies the effect of the warmer waters on climate.

It’s interesting to note that Environment Canada’s predictions run against those of the Canadian Almanac, which is predicting temperatures that are one or two degrees colder on average and near normal precipitation. The Almanac also predicts that the most snow will fall in mid-to-late November, from early to mid-January and from mid-to-late February.

While the MSC uses computer models to predict weather, the Almanac uses a secret formula devised in 1792 and calculations based on solar activity and sunspots, as well as weather history
 

atbell

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Early this morning snow was spoted at the peak on Cypress... or falling on the peak.

I'm calling for 50 cm over the weekend.

If I'm write on this one I'm excepting jobs as a meteorologist starting at 170k.
 
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atbell

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More snow on Cypress

At around noon today snow began to fall on the base of Cypress.

By 3:00 the snow was sticking half way down.

Hopefully it won't be long until rock skis can get you down the hill!
 

watanabee

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Snow this Weekend in Whistler

The amount of snow accumilation has come down a bit since yesterday but it still looks promising.

WHISTLER - BLACKCOMB.
TONIGHT..CLOUDY. SNOW DEVELOPING AROUND MIDNIGHT.
ALPINE LOW MINUS 7.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION 5 TO 10 CM.
FREEZING LEVEL AT VALLEY BOTTOM.
MOUNTAIN TOP WINDS LIGHT AND VARIABLE BECOMING SOUTH 40 KM/H LATE THIS EVENING AND INCREASING TO 80 GUSTING TO 120 OVERNIGHT.
FRIDAY..SNOW HEAVY AT TIMES.
ALPINE HIGH MINUS 4.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION 15 TO 25 CM.
FREEZING LEVEL NEAR VALLEY BOTTOM.
MOUNTAIN TOP WINDS SOUTH 80 KM/H GUSTING TO 120 EASING TO 50 EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON.

5 DAY TREND..A SERIES OF DISTURBANCES WILL KEEP THE ALPINE AREA SNOWY THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO THE START OF THE NEW WORK WEEK.

EXTENDED FORECAST FOR WHISTLER - BLACKCOMB.
SATURDAY.. PERIODS OF SNOW.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION 15 TO 25 CM.
FREEZING LEVEL 1000 METRES.
SUNDAY.. SNOW.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION 10 TO 15 CM.
FREEZING LEVEL 800 METRES.
MONDAY.. PERIODS OF SNOW.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION 10 TO 15 CM.
FREEZING LEVEL 800 METRES.
 

atbell

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Cypress is getting hammered by snow.

It's been going strong since last night and is supposed to hold throughout the weekend. In fact there was so much snow by 10AM that my truck had to get pushed out of the parking lot.

If it keeps going strong the hill could be open within the next week or two.
 

SuperKennyK

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It's almost time people! Night skiing at Cypress opens @ Dec 15.

I got my skis shined up and a stick of juicy fruit and I'm ready to go. Might even be hitting Whistler this weekend.
 
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Anyone up for some Wednesday night park sessions/cruse around and jump, spin, bonk and whatever else off whatever we can find?

We had a pretty good crew going last year and conveniently most wing nights in the city fall on Wednesday as well, so its pretty much a win / win situation all round.
 

MadWej

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Wednesday nights at Cypress here I come....

Missed last weekend (unfortunately I was stuck in Hawaii :) ), but hitting the snow this weekend....

a.ron
 

~Loress~

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last night i dreamt about snowboarding........ it was glorious! still need to purchase a spiffy new jacket and my pass (yes im an idiot and didn't grab the earlybird)

wednesday night riding sounds fucking fantastic :D
 

watanabee

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Cheap Ego said:
Any word on current conditions at Cypress/Baker/Whistler?
Whistler was amazing on Saturday, knee deep on lift access terrain. They are getting constantly dumped on with all this precipitation.

The winds reached 140km/h on Sunday and they closed all chairs at 2:00pm for safety. They were handing out 50% off tickets at Guest Relations to anyone who came in after the closing.

There is more snow in the future and Blackcomb opens thursday. They are looking at a record November for snowfall. Base is at 143 right now at the Roundhouse.

In other words, it's sick up there. Don't wait any longer, the season has begun in full force.

Baker has had more rain then snow recently so things have been a bit washed out but the lifts are open. Lots of people from Washington in Whistler this past weekend.
 
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