Sandman Winter Report: Experts Expect the Best

Ah winter. For many Canadians it is one of the most exciting times of the year, not only for all the holiday festivities, but also because of the endless mountain skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snow snowmobiling, snow shoeing, snowman building and beyond.

With the days getting colder and the mountains whiter, we thought we’d give you the latest almanac for Canada’s winter this year.

According to Accuweather, “After one of the mildest winters on record, Canada will get a healthy dose of snow and cold this season, with storms in the east, white stuff in central Canada, and dry cold in the west.”

Here are some other weather highlights that Canadians can expect.

  • In Ontario and Quebec, skiers can rejoice because the forecast calls for typical winter conditions beginning in January and above-normal snowfall in the first two months of the New Year and fairly normal amounts for the rest of the season.
  • Atlantic Canada can expect a stormy season with warmer temperatures and wet weather
  • BC can expect a drier winter for most of BC

As for the Farmer’s Almanac

Perhaps using more old school methods than most, The Farmer’s Almanac also has some interesting predictions for the coming year.

According to Editor Peter Geiger, this winter: “It’s like Old Man Winter is cutting the country in half. The eastern half of Canada will see plenty of cold and snow. The western half will experience relatively warm and dry conditions.”

The Almanac also predicts:

  • A colder than normal winter with many locations experiencing above normal precipitation
  • Milder and drier conditions for British Columbia (specifically areas west and south of the Rocky Mountains)

Whether we’ll have a cold one or a wet one, you can always depend on your local mountains to get a healthy dose of the white stuff. So if you’re going to hit the slopes, don’t forget that our Sandman Hotel Squamish and Sandman Hotel Revelstoke are great locations close to the world class resorts in Whistler and Revelstoke Mountain.

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Gearing up for a cold winter

According to weather experts, residents of Canada should be gearing up to expect a colder than average winter this year, with a substantial 80% chance of temperatures dropping a degree or two below their seasonal norms.

With this in mind, we thought it apt to give you a bit of insight into one of our most snow laden hotel locations and how it thrives during the harsh winter months. Our Sandman Hotel in Revelstoke sits between Rogers Pass and the 3 Valley Gap at an altitude of around 1500 ft at the edge of Mt Revelstoke National Park. It can experience anywhere between 40ft and 60ft of snow a year!

So, what does the snowy, cold weather mean for the hotel and its visitors? Well first of all, it’s play time for guests who visit the property to enjoy its close proximity to world class skiing and boarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  It’s also a comfortable port of call for people who find themselves unexpectedly delayed by local snow and avalanche triggered road closures.

As for the hotel team, the priority is ensuring that the property remains safely accessible for their guests at all times during the winter period. A snow removal company is utilized to keep the parking lot and driveway clear, while the maintenance crew spends time shovelling and sanding to make sure the walkways are always safe. Ice pellets are also used in the high traffic areas as an extra precaution and this also minimizes the amount of sand brought into the hotel.

Meanwhile, inside the property, Housekeepers make sure that all guests are greeted by rooms heated to a comfortable temperature – even unused rooms remain heated to prevent the freezing of any plumbing.

Preparing a hotel for the winter months and keeping the property running smoothly is much like winterizing a car and the precautions you should take when driving in winter conditions. The focus is on the comfort, health and safety of our guests – and tackling the weather conditions successfully all comes down to being prepared.

To conclude our frosty themed blog, we have dug out some icy Canadian climate facts for you to enjoy:

  • The lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada is -63 °C on February 3, 1947 at Snag in Yukon.
  • Did you know that the snowiest town in the country is Stewart in northwest British Columbia?
  • Mount Fidelity in British Columbia boasts the record for highest average annual snowfall recorded at a weather station in Canada at 1471cm (48 feet).
  • Saskatoon has the coldest climate of any city in Canada, a cool 2.2 °C – based on the mean daily temperature, averaged over the year.
  • Extreme climates! Regina’s coldest temperature on record stands at a ridiculously cold -50 °C whilst the hottest day on record is a staggering 43.3°C!