Originally Posted by haveanicedave2000
I'm also a little suspicious of the the powder claim on the official site that they get "historically, an average of 12-18 meters (40-60ft), over twice as much as Whistler/Blackcomb". If it is a historical average why does it have a 20ft range? I know Revelstoke gets puked on but that is way more than Fernie and I wonder where they are getting the info from.
40 to 60 feet is is not that far off......I lived in Revy for a few years and you have to understand the effect that the dam has had on the environment. Prior to the dam, Revelstoke had the highest annual snowfall of any inhabited place on Earth. Fact (Well at least that is what everyone told me when I lived there). You talk to those who grew up in Revy prior to the Dam and they talk about how every house would have a giant stick by the door to find the car with, after major dumps, the whole town was like a labrynth with the snow.
With the Dam, the resulting lake behind it, has warmed the valley up considerably..., so now it gets more rain, less precipitation etc....however on the peaks, it is effected less, hence the snow still comes in huge dumps. I also lived in Whistler for many a year, and no doubt Revy gets substantially more....and compared to Fernie? Well there is no comparison...not even close, Fernie is like a desert compared to Revy.
If you look at Revelstoke National Park...one mountain peak over from Mt. Mckenzie...same valley...ie it would be Whistler if Mt. Mckenzie was Blackcomb...it says on the website....
"The Columbia Mountains lying to the west of the Rockies are really four mountain ranges: the Purcells, Selkirks, Monashees and Cariboos, with the Columbia River cutting between the Selkirks and Monashees. Composed of very hard rock, these ranges resist erosion to remain sharp and angular - a vertical world of canyons squeezed between steep mountain walls. The heavy snowfall - up to 23 metres each year
- steep slopes and mild climate are perfect conditions for avalanches and the advancing of the 400 glaciers in the parks."
Now the 23meters is just a general number, but you can see that Mt Mckenzie's claim of 40 to 60feet is not crazy. The old time locals used to say that in Revelstoke (prior to the dam) they got up to 75ft annually. Keep in mind also that it is colder in Revy then Whistler, hence the snow quality is much higher, hence "fluffier"...thus while Whistler may have a comparable amount of average percipitation....ie volume of water....the depth of snow as it falls will be much higher in Revy.....
Either way, Revelstoke without a doubt is the best place I have ever lived, (awesome town, awesom people), and perhaps will soon be the best place I have ever skied...can't wait to go back.