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Rain forces Whitewater Ski Resort to push back opening day

The new season start is tentatively set for Dec. 15
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Whitewater Ski Resort’s webcam at its lodge captured this image Wednesday afternoon. The resort has delayed its opening day due to heavy rain melting the snow pack.

Whitewater Ski Resort has pushed its opening day back a week due to heavy rain and poor snow conditions.

The resort announced Wednesday that it would delay the season start from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15. Red Mountain Resort in Rossland also announced Tuesday it would push back its opening day to Dec. 16.

An atmospheric river in B.C. is leading to heavy rainfall on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the southern interior including the Kootenays.

Rebeckah Hornung, Whitewater’s general manager, said in an update that the resort had received 90 millimetres of rain and just five mm of snow.

Whitewater is set to unveil its new Raven quad chairlift, which was built during the off-season and will let visitors access more than 160 new acres.

In the East Kootenay, Fernie Ski Resort’s season has already started but the resort was closed Wednesday due to rain.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden will open Dec. 8, followed by Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Dec. 9 and Kimberley Alpine Resort on Dec. 15.

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