Big White was my local mountain where I skied for 4 seasons, sadly I'm not there this winter. I'm in Revelstoke where we are having a fairly average winter, not bad, not outstanding... the bulk of our snow came in November and the first 3 weeks of December and warmer temperatures / rain have crippled the lower mountain recently. Lots of modest dumps between 5-15cm; the big dumps have brought very wet and heavy snow to the upper mountain and ever increasing crowds that track the mountain out by early afternoon..
Big White opened 2 weeks early this year and I was able to ski knee deep powder in mid November with great coverage already... the past week has seen 80cm of low wind Champaign powder and cold temperatures... 46 of that falling in 24 hours. Usually by the end of March Biggy averages around a 300cm base in the areas unaffected by winds. This year they are already sitting at 250cm at the half way point of the season.
Is this typical for the mountain in el nino winters? because so far what I've been seeing is this winter trumping previous La Nina winters.