With all the snow in the forecast, I thought this might be an interesting exercise for my readers. There are numerous weather forecasts on the internet to choose from including The Weather Network, Environment Canada, Farm Zone, and the most unusual one of all, the Mountain Forecast.
The Mountain Forecast will give you a highly detailed forecast for individual mountains throughout the Rockies. For example, here’s the forecast for Mt Rundle:
It also gives you a couple different forecasts for each mountain depending on the elevation. For Mt Rundle, you can get the forecast at 2000 metres and at the top, 2949 metres.
To put things in perspective, 2000 metres is about 700 metres higher than the town of Canmore. You’ll get a lot more snow at 2000 metres than you will at 1300 metres. The Goat creek trailhead which is near Mt Rundle, is at 1680 metres.
I’ve compiled a table which gives the predicted snowfall over the next three days of certain mountains which are near cross-country ski trails. Now don’t get too excited by the amounts because most of the elevations of the ski trails are a lot lower. Hopefully half of this amount will make it down to the trails.
The top of Elk pass is about 2000 metres. Do you know which mountain in the table is near Elk pass? Will it receive the predicted amount of snow?