The question of how is the weather up there will no longer be an estimate in Rossland.
The city will be have its own weather station this year when the cold weather descends on the Golden City this winter, instead of extrapolating from temperatures recorded in lower climes.
A joint venture between Tourism Rossland and Red Mountain Resort, the new accurate weather station will solve the historical problem from previous years when snow reporting options came from significantly lower altitude weather information from places like Trail or Northport.
Those places are almost 500 metres lower than the resort base, said Tourism Rossland executive director Deanne Steven. Accurately portraying the weather in Rossland has been an ongoing challenge for years, she said.
“For a winter destination this has meant that we looked warmer than we actually were,” Steven said in a press release. “So we decided to be proactive and solve it ourselves.”
Nicole Briggs, marketing manager from Red Mountain, agreed.
“This is key for our guests to determine our actual weather and plan their vacations accordingly,” she said.
The weather station is located at the base area day lodge.
Although the Environment Canada weather information will still show the low altitude information, people can use the new station instead, found at http://www.rainwise.net/weather/redmountain.
In the next few months a widget will be launched which will allow stakeholders to embed both weather (temperature and wind) as well as snow conditions on their website.
In the interim, stakeholders are invited to use a “sticker” for embedding from here: http://www.wunderground.com/stickers/
Additionally, if people download the Wunderground App they can check the Rossland weather from an iPhone or Android.