This morning I came across a great blog post from the team at Non-Stop Adventure, a company that offers a massive range of snowboard and ski instructor courses, training camps and holidays. If you are looking at becoming a ski/snowboard instructor, or just want to take your riding to the next level, check them out!
Their blog looks at the difference in current conditions between Western Canada and Europe. To our European brothers and sisters, we hope that you will get some powder soon! If not, we have plenty to share and welcome you to join us for some resort skiing and of course some mind blowing heli-skiing! In our heli skiing terrain, we already have a 2 metre BASE!
The following is taken from the Non-Stop Adventure Blog:
Europe and Canada, homes of the heavyweights of world ski resorts, face another season under the critical eye of the ski and snowboard travelling public. Already it seems that Europe is against the ropes…
It’s only the 1st of December, but already fears are starting to rise about the snow conditions in Europe this winter. Following a disappointing season last year, hope is starting to dwindle that this year will be any better.
However, things are looking far more optimistic on the other side of the Atlantic, with the second “La Nina” winter in a row. The Western Canadian resorts in BC and Alberta have been absolutely pounded with snow over the last month. Many of resorts are already in full swing, with powder days aplenty, and the snow isn’t showing any signs of letting up.
Whistler pow, in November! (Photo: Michael Neumann www.whistlerblackcomb.com)
The contrast between European and Western Canadian resorts at the moment is stark. Here are a few webcam shots from some of the bigger resorts. Pictures speak a thousand words!
EUROPE on 1st December 2011:
Val d’Isere, France
St Anton, Austria
CANADA at dawn on 1st December 2011:
Fernie, BC, Canada
Whistler, BC, Canada
Red Mountain, BC, Canada
Sunshine Village, Banff, AB, Canada
Lake Louise, Banff, AB, Canada
Mount Norway, Banff, AB, Canada
Although Europe has had a particularly warm November, with very little precipitation, there is hope for some snow this weekend, with a cold snap on its way in. There’s definitely some catching up to do if the big European resorts want to open on time. Fingers crossed!
Without doubt though, Canada is the place to be this season if you’re looking for a powder fix! At the moment it’s looking like the snow will just keep on coming.
Find out more about Canadian ski and snowboard holidays, powder camps and improvement courses here.