After having our hopes dashed many times in the past, I’ve learned to be a bit subdued about these forecasts and I’m trying to contain my excitement.
Ventusky, pictured above, predicts 44 cm for Pocaterra. Ventusky is an interactive website and it’s fun to play around with it, but it takes some time to get familiar with all it can do. I pulled this map in mid-afternoon. If you click on the links, the amounts will probably have changed.
No matter what happens, the extremely cold temperatures will allow the snow guns to go full blast at the Canmore Nordic Centre. There’s about 20 cm of natural snow in the works for Canmore according to the Weather Network.
There are predictions much higher than this, for example Mountain Forecast is calling for 60+ cm on Mt Tyrwhitt, but when I say higher, it has a double meaning: it’s for 2000 metres elevation, a bit higher than most of our ski trails.
There’s lots to choose from when it comes to snow predictions: Environment Canada, The Weather Network, and some of the more obscure ones such as Snow Forecast, Ventusky, Mountain Forecast, and Weather Underground.
Wherever you look, there’s snow and lots of it for every place we enjoy skiing, including Calgary and West Bragg Creek. The forecasts for Lake Louise are actually lower than for Kananaskis. Snow Forecast is predicting 25 cm for Lake Louise at the elevation of Moraine Lake road’s trailhead.
Environment Canada is calling for “Periods of Snow” on Wednesday and Thursday in the mountains, but they won’t predict specific amounts yet.