GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- The Multnomah County Down Hill Race Team loves the snow. Except when it cancels their snow day.
"We were so excited," said Ashley, "but then we got stuck."
Two dozen skiers and snowboarders had to made an impromptu U-Turn on their way to Mt. Hood Meadows because their ride couldn't make it up the mountain.
The yellow school bus carrying a Special Olympics Team for a day trip fought mightily up to the White River Sno-Park, but the slippery and steep roads beyond that on Highway 35 forced the driver to surrender.
"It hurts to do it," said organizer Tom Wallace, "but it's the right decision for us."
Kids played in the snow while the driver put chains on the tires for the long drive back down the mountain.
"C'est la vie," said Zac, 21, who was hoping to spend his Sunday on the slopes.
The team will try again next week.
Even if they made it to Meadows, good luck finding a parking spot.
The main lot filled up early on Sunday.
By 10:30 am, the resort had already reached ski capacity, according to marketing staff at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Capacity is 6,000 to 7,000 skiers.
Around the mountain at Timberline, the parking lot was full by 11 a.m.
A big sign blocked the steep road up to Timberline Lodge from Highway 26 with a sign warning no parking spots ahead.
That's what three feet of snow can do in three days on the mountain.