Snow covered peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains showing the first hint of the snowy La Nina winter ahead during a short reprieve from the recent frontal weather system.

A base of nearly 40 centimeters (16 inches) has formed in the alpine with the forecast calling for mid mountain freezing levels and more precipitation in the five day forecast.

The countdown to the 2010-2011 winter season at Whistler Blackcomb is officially on; November 25, 2010 marks the official opening day.

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