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While the usual warm, rainy weather has coated much of Canada's West Coast over Christmas, one Vancouver Island ski resort is practically snowed-in.

Mount Washington has been pummelled with three metres of fresh snow in the past three days, burying lodges, cars and even ski lifts.

A spokesman for Mount Washington Alpine is boasting a mid-mountain snow base of more than five metres, currently the deepest among ski resorts worldwide.

Brent Curtain says in the past month and a half the resort has already gone halfway toward breaking its all-time record of 18.5 metres of snow -- which took five months to build up in the winter of 1998-1999.

He says staff members are working hard to dig out lifts and get all trails open for skiers and snowboarders.

La Nina is considered a factor in massive snowfall.

"I think people are just amazed by what they are seeing," Curtain said. "Everybody has their cameras out because you don't see snow like this everyday."

The ski resort, north of the Comox Valley, charts its snowbase against others on a global snow-reporting website.

Source: The Canadian Press