Whistler Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages





This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Whistler, British Columbia has snow.

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

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 in Whistler Village, near the bottom of the ski runs.

How Often it Snows in Whistler

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 in Whistler
Days   Inches Centi­metres
13.7 January 40.6 103
10.1 February 25.3 64
9.2 March 18.7 47
4.4 April 6.2 16
0.5 May 0.4 1
1.4 October 3.0 8
9.7 November 25.9 66
14.6 December 44.9 114
63.5 Year 164.8 419

When Whistler Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Whistler usually arrives in October or November.

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

Whistler is normally free of snow every year from June to September.

How Many Snowstorms Whistler Gets

Most days of snowfall in Whistler leave less than five centimetres (2 inches) of fresh snow on the ground. For 27 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least five cm.

Big snowstorms of over ten cm a day normally occur thirteen times a year. Major blizzards that dump 25 cm or more in one day can happen two or three times a year. Storms this severe are most likely to appear in December or January.

Number of days per month and year on average in Whistler 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 6.8 3.3 0.8
February 4.3 2.2 0.3
March 3.1 1.5 0.1
April 0.8 0.3 0.2
May 0.1 0.0 0.0
October 0.5 0.2 0.0
November 4.0 2.0 0.4
December 7.3 3.8 0.8
Year 27.0 13.1 2.7

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Whistler

Whistler normally has at least a centimetre of snow on the ground from the end of October until April. In mid-winter the snowpack averages around 62 cm deep.

Average total days per month and year in Whistler 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
29.8 28.8 January 28.4 26.9
27.7 26.4 February 26.0 25.4
25.4 25.0 March 23.8 21.0
6.6 4.5 April 3.5 2.4
0.2 0.1 May 0.0 0.0
0.9 0.4 October 0.3 0.0
16.1 10.8 November 6.8 3.9
29.9 28.4 December 27.2 24.1
136.4 124.4 Year 116.0 103.7
Reference

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

Environment Canada. National Climate Data and Information Archive. Canadian Climate Normals or Averages 1971-2000.

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