Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

The mid-mountain snowbase at Mount Washington Alpine Resort had nearly reached the seven-metre mark by Tuesday morning, thanks to 95 cm of snow in the previous 48 hours.

 

The mid-mountain snowbase at Mount Washington Alpine Resort had nearly reached the seven-metre mark by Tuesday morning, thanks to 95 cm of snow in the previous 48 hours.

At Christmas, the mountain had received an unprecedented four metres of new snow, literally burying the village and resort. At the time, it was the deepest mid-mountain snowbase in the world, surpassing what the mountain sometimes receives in an entire season.

“It’s been unbelievable,” resort spokesperson Brent Curtain said, noting the number of fresh powder skiing days has so far exceeded one month. “We’ve had tons of snow.”

Although staff again find themselves digging out cars, lifts and the ski lodge, the situation is better than it was at Christmas. Roads are in good shape, Curtain added.

With upwards of 17 metres of total accumulated snow for the season, the mountain is closing in on the record of 18.5 metres set in the 1998/99 season.

Daily operations at Mount Washington will continue until April 10, after which the mountain will open for two extended weekends in April.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com