Skiers and snowboarders rejoice on North Shore mountains
After rocky start, conditions have improved drastically for local mountains thanks to late snowfall
The 2013-14 ski season was on track to go down as one of the worst on record for the North Shore mountains, until roughly a week ago, when the forecast started calling for snow, snow and more snow.
In the last seven days, the local mountains have received more than a metre of fresh snow, after struggling to stay open since November due to a serious lack snowfall.
A slow, dry start to the season had Cypress, Seymour and Grouse mountains scrambling to make artificial snow, as well as move natural snow from other parts of the mountain to keep main runs open.
Grouse Mountain spokesperson Jacqueline Blackwell said the late snowfall means operators can keep the mountain open later into the spring.
"We've had seasons before that go well into May and a couple of years ago we even went well into June," she said.
"For us it's still only the end of February, we have a lot of good time ahead of us."
Cypress Mountain reported in early February it had made the equivalent of 146 football fields a foot deep worth of snow, but still didn't have all of its runs open.
Resort operators are now looking forward to staying open later into the spring. Mount Seymour, for example, will stay open until the end of April rather than closing after Easter.
Spokesperson Emmalee Brunt said she is hopeful the resort will make up some of the money it lost early in the season.
"We typically know those numbers around May just after we close, so at this poin,t you know, we're hopeful that it's a great year," she said.
All three mountains are open seven days a week.
with files from the CBC's Belle Puri