November was our biggest snowfall month last season, which helped resorts in our area start strong. No frozen rain crust problem layer was also a treat. A stable snowpack, no snow in the Alps, and a cheap dollar seemed to combine to make 2015-16 the busiest winter for tourism since before the economic crash of 2008.
Although this El Niño winter was a little on the warm side, there were enough snowy days when the weather came through that most BC resorts faired well. The W Kootenays had an exceptionally big snow year the first half of the season.
We had a busy season of guiding as well. In January, the multi day resort tours kicked off with a Pure Powder trip. Following that I co-guided a large group from Belgium and France, traveling in rented motorhomes on a custom trip including L Louise, Revelstoke, Sunshine, and backcountry skiing out of Kicking Horse. In February we ran a West Kootenay Classic, and then another Pure Powder Adventure into March, which had a 4 day extension in Revelstoke added to it, as a request from guests. March ended up to be a big month for snowfall as well.
Throughout these tours, we skied wth 20 or guests in the backcountry adjacent to Kicking Horse, as well as guiding folks on the resort itself for a day or more.
Thanks to everyone that contacted us, and made a trip out this winter!