Grouse Mountain Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often the Grouse Mountain ski hill in North Vancouver, British Columbia has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Grouse Mountain usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the ski resort normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when the Grouse Mountain ski slopes can expect their first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 on Grouse Mountain, near the top of the Skyride Gondola at an elevation of 1128 metres (3700 feet).

How Often it Snows at Grouse Mountain

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.2 centimetres (0.08 inches).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow at Grouse Mountain
Days   Inches Centi­metres
13.5 January 67.4 171
11.3 February 49.1 125
12.3 March 54.9 139
9.5 April 40.3 102
2.3 May 5.0 13
0.1 June 0.1 0
0.1 September 0.1 0
2.4 October 5.2 13
11.8 November 47.4 120
14.5 December 72.5 184
77.7 Year 342.0 869

When Grouse Mountain Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Grouse Mountain usually arrives in October, but can show up as early as September.

The season's last snowfall typically happens in April or May, although in some years a late snow lands in June.

Grouse Mountain normally doesn't get any new snow during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Grouse Mountain Gets

Most days of snowfall on Grouse Mountain leave at least five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For 35 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals ten cm or more.

Major blizzards that dump 25 cm or more in one day normally occur eight or nine times a year at the ski resort. Storms this severe can appear anytime from October to May.

Number of days per month and year on average at Grouse Mountain with a total snowfall of at least 5, 10 or 20 centimetres
  5 cm
2.0 inches
10 cm
3.9 inches
25 cm
9.8 inches
January 10.3 7.0 1.5
February 7.9 4.8 1.8
March 8.7 5.6 1.4
April 5.7 3.6 0.8
May 0.9 0.3 0.1
October 0.9 0.4 0.1
November 8.2 5.5 1.0
December 11.1 7.6 2.1
Year 53.6 34.7 8.6

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates on Grouse Mountain

For about 188 days a year, Grouse Mountain has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground. In mid-winter the snowpack averages 218 cm deep.

Snow accumulates throughout winter on the ski hill. The snowpack is typically deepest in March when it averages over three metres deep.

Average total days per month and year at Grouse Mountain with snow depth of at least 1, 5, 10 or 20 cm on the ground
1 cm
0.4 inches
5 cm
2.0 inches
  10 cm
3.9 inches
20 cm
7.9 inches
28.2 28.2 January 28.2 28.0
28.2 27.9 February 27.8 27.5
31.0 31.0 March 30.8 30.4
29.8 29.7 April 29.6 29.2
20.5 20.5 May 20.1 19.4
3.2 3.1 June 3.0 2.7
0.9 0.3 October 0.1 0.1
15.0 14.4 November 12.8 12.4
31.0 31.0 December 31.0 31.0
187.9 186.1 Year 183.4 180.6
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

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