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GALLERY: Mount Washington reopens after heavy snowfall

Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Skiers and snowboarders on Vancouver Island are welcome back on the slopes of Mount Washington Alpine Resort Thursday morning after a much needed heavy snowfall this week.

The resort was forced to close its doors and temporarily lay off more than 200 people on Jan. 29 due to a lack of snow.

However, since Tuesday, the mountain has had 91 centimetres of new snow, putting their base at 120 centimetres.

The resort posted on their Facebook page, “65cms in 24 hours. Mega snow in the forecast. Thursday is going to be epic!! So is Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.”

GALLERY: Mount Washington reopens after heavy snowfall

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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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Heavy snowfall has allowed Mount Washington to reopen after being forced to close last month. Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Mount Washington spokesperson Brent Curtain said they have had some of the most unpredictable weather in years.

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“We were joking that this is the second version, version 2.0 of our winter season,” said Curtain. “And judging by the forecasts, version 2.0 is going to be much bigger and better than version 1.0.”

More than 100 centimetres of additional snow is predicted to fall in the Comox Valley this weekend allowing for most of the front mountain, the Nordic Centre and the new tube park to open.

“Our plan all along was to reopen once the snow returned so we’re extremely happy to call our staff back to the mountain and continue with our plans for the second half of the season,” director of business operations and marketing Don Sharpe said.

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