Mount Washington Alpine Resort has lots of snow, and they are welcoming lots of skiers and snowboarders.
“We are 100 per cent operational with all lifts, alpine runs, and Nordic trails now open,” said resort spokesperson Brent Curtain at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
“Our parking capacity issue from Monday and Tuesday is now over; the parking lots are back to normal (with huge snowbanks) and we’ve literally created close to 200 new parking spots in the last 24 hours by pushing the snow over ditches and trucking the remaining parking lot snow away … yes, we’re trucking the snow off the mountain!” Curtain said.
“We were able to park all visitors today without having to control uphill vehicle flow. The snow conditions are the best we’ve ever seen at this time of year, with our base sitting at 515 cm. The Strathcona Parkway from the Inland Island Highway to the top of the mountain is clear and in great shape.” As always, snow tires are recommended and chains should always be carried as a backup on mountain roads,” Curtain added.
“We’re we’re expecting clear and cold weather for the next few days, which is great news for holiday skiers and boarders,” said Curtain.
The Comox Valley ski resort had a record snowfall over the last week. It received close to four metres of new snow since last Monday, Dec. 20 and at its peak, the snow fell at a rate of 1.5 metres in just 12 hours – from 8 p.m. on Dec. 23 to 9 a.m on Dec. 24.
“Needless to say, it was the most snow we’ve ever seen in such a short period of time. As a result, the alpine village and resort were essentially buried,” Curtain said.
Tireless efforts over the last few days have the resort up and running and ready for business. For updates, visit www.mtwashington.ca.