02/04/2014 08:22 EST | Updated 04/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Snow drought bad news for Whistler, North Shore ski hills

With blue skies in the forecast, this week's cold snap is not likely to translate into more snow on the mountains, and that means skiers and boarders will have to make do with the snow that is there.

The 2013-14 season is one of the worst on record for many resorts. At Cypress Mountain Resort, fewer than one third of the runs are open, and the snowmakers have been working hard.

"We've made more snow this year than all of last year already," says spokesman Joffry Koeman.

Despite the current conditions, however, Koeman says it's still too early to announce any potential compensation for pass-holders.

"Still plenty of time left, and like I said, we've had great conditions on our snowmaking runs."

Further east, Mount Seymour is giving pass-holders special days when they can bring a friend for free to make up for a late opening date.

"The season is lower snowfall than average, but we're doing what we can and I think everyone's recognized that," said spokeswoman Emmalee Brunt.