Mount Washington had about 60 cm of snow fall in about five hours on Sunday. That is good news for the mountain, which has been struggling from a lack of snow, but the sudden dump took visitors by surprise and left many stranded.
“It was great on the mountain, but out on the roads and in the parking lot that’s where we’re seeing a lot of issues,” said spokesperson Brent Curtain.
In whiteout conditions some tried making their way down the mountain, passing multiple collisions along the way. One visitor said what was normally a 35 minute drive took him about 2-and-a-half hours.
Other drivers decided not to chance the journey and to find somewhere to stay the night.
On Monday, crews were still working to clear the road.
“A lot of people are saying ‘be careful what you wish for’,” said Curtain, “but I think if you were to ask any skier or boarder today if we’ve had too much snow recently, I don’t think anybody would agree with that situation.”
“I think they would probably say we have just enough.”
After missing out on the first half of the season, everyone is making up for lost time. And if things keep up, visitors will have a few more months to come back for more.
– With files from Kylie Stanton.