Snow takes Mount Washington from ‘brown to almost skiable’

Mount Washington Alpine Resort welcomed a significant snowfall this week, just days after a lack of snow postponed the start of the season at the ski hill.

Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said about 31 centimetres fell between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

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“In the last basically 24 hours things have gone from brown to almost skiable,” he said Thursday.

No more precipitation is expected until Monday, when the mountain could be “off to the races” in terms of snow, he said.

The resort, near Courtenay, had planned to open on Dec. 6. It offers activities such as Nordic and alpine skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.

New snow machines have been on duty to lay down snow for free Discovery Days at the beginner zone, running until Dec. 20.

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