THAT’S SNOW FUN Deanna Francoeur, left, Alecia McKay and Lucy Shepherd of Port Alberni dig out their vehicles at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Sunday morning. The friends were part of a group from Port Alberni (and those that have moved away) that went to Mount Washington on Saturday for a skiing weekend, and got caught in the storm that dumped 105 cms of snow overnight—prompting the resort to close on Sunday. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Alberni friends shovel out after snowstorm at Mount Washington

Group had rented a chalet for the weekend; didn't expect such heavy snowfall

  • Jan. 25, 2018 12:00 a.m.

A group of 12 friends who all went to high school in Port Alberni didn’t expect to be caught in the biggest snowstorm of the year at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

The friends arrived at the resort late Friday afternoon and Saturday, spending Saturday skiing and snowboarding while the snow began to fall. Saturday night, while they were cosy in their rented chalet, the resort received 105 cm and the plows couldn’t keep up with clearing the snowfall off the Strathcona Parkway.

READ: Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington

Sunday morning, it took the group three hours—between 10 people—to shovel out their cars where they had parked them, across from the access to the Alpine Village. “We ended up having to push them out,” said Karly Blats.

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