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Weekend snowfalls could boost open dates for some mountains

As Vancouverites bust out their umbrellas and galoshes today, they maytake comfort in the knowledge that if it’s raining in the city, it’snow cold enough to be snowing on the mountains.

As Vancouverites bust out their umbrellas and galoshes today, they may take comfort in the knowledge that if it’s raining in the city, it’s now cold enough to be snowing on the mountains.

On Cypress, Grouse and Seymour mountains last night the temperature dipped just below freezing.

All three received between 15 and 25 centimetres of snowfall between Saturday and yesterday.

“We need about a 60-centimetre base to consider opening,” said Kent Rideout, a spokesperson for Cypress Mountain. “There’s a possibility for (opening) next weekend.”

William Mbaho, spokesperson for Grouse Mountain, said the hill there usually opens in the first week of December.

“We give the weather a chance to do what it can first and supplement that as needed with snow guns,” he said.

Meanwhile, Whistler-Blackcomb got dumped with white stuff over the weekend.

Its season is tentatively set to start on Nov. 26, but it could be earlier if the snowfall persists.

 
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