Whistler Traveller Magazine - - LOCAL VIBE -

If you come from a rel­a­tively flat re­gion, you may not be fa­mil­iar with the term “freez­ing level.” How­ever, if you live and play in the moun­tains, you know how cru­cial it can be to your out­door win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. The freez­ing level, in fact, is as im­por­tant as tem­per­a­ture, wind and pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the freez­ing level refers to the el­e­va­tion at which the tem­per­a­ture reaches 0.0 de­grees Cel­sius [be­low which the tem­per­a­ture is above 0.0, and above which the tem­per­a­ture is be­low 0.0],” says An­ton Hor­vath, Whistler Black­comb weather fore­caster.

Dur­ing warmer spells in the win­ter­time, the freez­ing level can be­come a huge fac­tor in plan­ning your ski day as it de­fines at what el­e­va­tion on the moun­tains you will get rain or snow. For ex­am­ple, if the freez­ing level is at 1,850 me­tres, it will be snow­ing from the Round­house and Ren­dezvous lodges up through­out the alpine, but rain­ing on the slopes be­low.

Thank­fully, with so much alpine ter­rain, there’s al­most al­ways a stash of good snow some­where at Whistler Black­comb. Know­ing the freez­ing level can re­ally help nar­row down your hunt for pow­der. For more weather in­for­ma­tion, read our full story on how Whistler Black­comb cre­ates its weather fore­casts on page 28.


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