Those mounds of snow are cars buried under 105 cm of snow that fell overnight Saturday (Jan. 20) at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. A group of skiers and snowboarders from Port Alberni that spent the weekend at the North Island resort spent three hours digging out their cars. 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

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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