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El Nino, Pacific Oscillation, and Heliskiing in Northern BC

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Thread Starter 

So, anyone have any insight on the three?  Particularly as it relates to the Skeena Mountains around Terrace BC?

 

After a couple of good trips to Northern Escape, I'm hoping for more favorable climatic conditions for a greater chance of deep snow.  Before I pull the trigger on another trip, looking to see if there's anyone who has an informed opinion of whether this season is looking a bit better...

 

Mike

post #2 of 13

My opinion ain't informed but the coming season always looks better to me:D...until it isn't:mad

post #3 of 13

Not sure of where they go, but so long as it has some elevation odds are good.  Weather is weather and no on can know for sure this long out.  In that area I would not be too worried about el Nino, but I know very little.

post #4 of 13

what time of year have you gone in the past? 

 

 

If it's deep powder you seek book earlier in the year would be my 2cents.  

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I've been in late January and middle February.  I'm not looking for a snow forecast, rather if anyone knows how El Nino generally affects snowfall in Northern BC.  Toward the coast.  Not far from Alaska (the southernmost part).

 

BTW, the skiing has been fantastic

post #6 of 13

Terrace B.C. is far enough inland that it is not considered "coastal", but it is not quite interior B.C. either. Last season when most of the southern B.C. Interior resorts were getting snowfalls followed by rain or mild temps the next day, the Terrace area mostly avoided the mild temps.

 

You might also want to go on TGR and check out the on going Northern B.C. Stoke, Conditions thread or send a PM to garyfromterrace. Gary is a good guy who I know from when he was a local at Sun Peaks, 20 years ago. Gary is very much involved in the Terrace co-op owned Shames Mountain.

post #7 of 13

Skeena mountains are awesome, big, high and northern.  The last couple winters have not been amazing though due to lack of precip or mild conditions... although that's judging from Shames mountain only, which is very low in elevation.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

post #9 of 13

El Nino vs. The Blob.... Find out how it all goes down in February 2016. I'm really hoping someone makes a cheesy sci-fi movie like that.

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El Nino vs. The Blob.... Find out how it all goes down in February 2016. I'm really hoping someone makes a cheesy sci-fi movie like that.

Sci-fi Ski flick.

post #11 of 13

Hey Mike,

I've skied with Northern Escape Heliskiing three times.  Love that place.

 

John is a friend of mine.  I asked about el Nino predictions for this year.  Here is what he had to say (reprinted with his permission):

 

Usually an El Niño event splits the Jet stream with one arm of it flowing more south that usual. This brings heavy precipitation to California and South Colorado/New Mexico. The North arm usually heads right toward us and brings heavy precip. The Pacific NW and Interior BC are usually left with drier conditions with most precip following the jet streams.

 

2 years ago we had a weak El Niño and we didn't get the North arm and as such the arctic High slumped down and we had a very cold, coldest I can remember, and dry winter. Last year the El Niño was combined with the "pacific oscillation" and we had the moisture, but it was the warmest winter on record so we had difficult conditions below treeline as did pretty much all of BC.

 

This year's El Niño is set to be very strong and seems to be following a more normal trend. It's been the wettest summer ever in New Mexico and Terrace has also been cold and wet for nearly a month now, while the Pacific NW and the Interior of BC are experiencing a dry heat wave...

 

Sound good to me!

Best,

tj

Chief Powder Officer

HELISKI.com

 

SP  (Shameless Plug):  Let me know if you have any buddies interested in heliskiing Canada.   I'm happy to help.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  I just pulled the trigger for a very early February trip.  We'll see how it goes.

 

It does mean I'll miss the gathering...

 

Mike

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