Originally Posted by Tony Crocker
The Okanagan did not escape the Tropical Punch in January or the February drought. But Big White had a bigger base than most B.C. areas before that and probably was OK for awhile, albeit with spring conditions. Gem Lake closed in early March and reopened with the late March storms. My understanding is that the steep terrain in Silver Star's Putnam Creek was sketchy most of the season.
True, though those hills and Sun Peaks had probably some of the best conditions at the time. Un Peaks probaby had the most consistent.
Both Big White and Sun Peaks had excellent early season conditions (powder) Big white's main problem is lack of good summer grooming, so a bigger base is definately required. That and the fact that Gem Lake base is so much lower in altitude. snow at the top is often rain there. I never made it to Silver Star last season, so I can't really say.
You're right. preplanning a trip too far in advance is not always a good idea. Especially if you're travelling a fair distance. (unless you're going to visit mike wiegle or CMH. heliskiing is king)