Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Snow Storm Left Dozens Stranded at Vancouver Island Ski Resort

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Snow Storm Left Dozens Stranded at Vancouver Island Ski Resort

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Vancouver Island snow storm strands boy scouts

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COURTENAY, B.C. - Chairlift operations resumed Monday on Vancouver Island's Mount Washington after a weekend snowstorm left dozens stranded.

Sheila Rivers of Mount Washington Alpine Resort said about 20 boy scouts and a dozen other people spent Saturday night at its lodge when more than a metre of snow fell in less than 48 hours.

While fresh snow is typically welcomed by skiers and snowboarders, Rivers said the sudden storm resulted in avalanches, making conditions unsafe.

"We had naturally occurring avalanches ... which makes human-triggered avalanches very likely," Rivers said.

She said crews were out Sunday ensuring safety measures were in place.

Those stranded Saturday night enjoyed the restaurant and bar with a clear view of the storm, while the boy scouts had a late-night nacho party and movies the next day. …

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