Snow Depth Measurements: 2007 – 2018

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Have a look at the data and graphs below. What patterns appear to be emerging? 

Will accelerating climate change affect the snow pack on our Larch Hills Ski Area?

 

With frequent snowfalls and cooler average temperatures early March 2018 snow depths were about 40% above the 12-year average for S. Hub (1057m), Cec’s (1200m) and the Summit (1400m).  
At the Chalet/Parking Lot (1000m) early March snow depths were about 70% above the 12-year average..

 

 

 

Click to enlarge table below then click again to magnify table 


“Snow Rangers”, Jim & Marcia and Keith skied, hiked and “water skied” to the Summit on April 2, 2015 to measure snow depths. A sunny 5 hour expedition!

By Elevations Larch Hills Snow Depths and 12-Yr. Averages 2007 to 2018

The minimum early March snow depth measured at the Chalet was in 2010: 4 cm

The maximum early March snow depth measured at the Chalet was in 2018: 106 cm. 

12-year average early March snow depth measured at the Chalet (1000M elevation) is 62 cm.

 

Snow Trends in the Thompson River Basin (November 2006):
a
 report by LHNS Member Bill Grainger for LHNS – Nov. 14, 2006 

Regional Changes in Snowpack in B.C. (1950-2014)
a report by Environmental Reporting BC 

 BC River Forecast Centre Automated Snow Pillow Real-Time Data: Park Mtn 1800M elevation (est. 1984)  
– located between Sugar Lake and Mable Lake

 

Larch Hills Snow Depth Measurements: Year #12
“Larch Hills skiing doesn’t get much better than this!”

 

Early March 2018 measured snow depths were about 40% above the 12-year average for S. Hub (1057m), Cec’s (1200m) and the Summit (1400m).

 

At the Chalet/Parking Lot (1000m) early March measured snow depths were about 70% above the 12-year average!  

 

  • Between 1000M (Chalet) and 1400M (The Summit) based on 2007 – 2018 early March Total snow depth measurements it appears snow depths increase by 2.1 times – more than double (62 cm to 131 cm).
  • Between 1000M (Chalet) and 1200M (Cec’s Cabin) based on 2007 – 2018 early March Total snow depth measurements it appears snow depths increase by 1.8 times –  less than double (62 cm to 112 cm).
  • Between 1000M (Chalet) and 1057M (South Hub) based on 2007 – 2017 early March 10 Year Total snow depth measurements it appears snow depths increase by 1.5 times (62 cm to 93 cm).
  • Next Report in early March 2019 – the 13th consecutive year of these Larch Hills paired, 4 elevations, snow depth measurements.
  • Next snow depth measurements in late March / early April 2018.
  • Contact Keith Cox (832-7768) or George Zorn (832-9335) if you have questions.
Moose, Dec 2012