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Mount Washington Ski Resort
Mount Washington has long been known for having good snow conditions from early in winter to well past Easter. This accounts, in part, for Mt Washington being the second-busiest winter recreation destination in BC, behind Whistler Blackcomb.

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort offers something for everyone, featuring an average snowfall of 10.5 metres (35 feet), 60 marked runs, cross-country skiing, snow camping, snowshoeing trails, and two terrain parks. Mt Washington also offers lift-accessed and night-lit snow tubing.

The expanded night terrain at Mount Washington Alpine Resort provides the perfect evening venue for intermediate and advanced riders by bathing the popular run Coaster, and the Stomping Ground Terrain Park in night light to provide expanded night skiing. The resort lights up the Whisky Jack Chair, which gives two full night runs from Mount Washington's alpine to the base lodge. The Stomping Ground Terrain Park will be night-lit as well. Night operations run Thursday through to Saturday nights, plus every day over holiday periods.

A great deal of Mount Washington's charm comes from its location. On a clear day, visitors look out across the Strait of Georgia at a panorama of the Sunshine Coast, from Powell River to Sechelt, with the peaks of the Coast Mountains rising in a long march behind. Closer at hand, the many peaks adorning Strathcona Park's Forbidden Plateau region look suitably magnificent.

The Stomping Ground Terrain Park is Mount Washington's premier advanced-level terrain park, and one of the breeding grounds for BC's best riders.

More space between the trees! There's no question, Mount Washington is home to some of the sweetest tree riding on the planet. Things get even better this year with extensive glading on the south side of the mountain - in a zone adjacent to the Hawk Six Pack Chair.

For those looking for an idyllic business retreat or conference location, Mount Washington provides a fine range of meeting and banquet rooms. The latest addition to the resort's conference room line-up is the Alpine Lodge's Whisky Jack room. The room offers Yellow Cedar wainscoting and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment.

Visitors can arrange to stay in either the on-hill accommodations or in the nearby Comox Valley. Mount Washington has an annual attendance of over 400,000 guests, and the village has a capacity to house 3,500 guests. Many Comox Valley hotels, motels, resorts and B & B's offer special ski packages during the winter months. If you're not into driving, shuttle buses to the mountain run from a number of hotels in Courtenay. You'll find just about everything you need on the mountain, including a restaurant, lounge, shops, equipment rentals, lessons and even a Kid's Zone.

Mt. Washington Ski Resort is located 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. With the new Inland Island Highway and paved Strathcona Parkway to Mount Washington, travelling time from Victoria is between 3 and 4 hours, ddepending on weather and timing. Please note that Strathcona Parkway requires good winter tires OR that you carry chains with you for use if conditions require.

The Comox Valley and Campbell River Airports are serviced daily by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Air Canada. WestJet flies directly from Calgary and Edmonton to Comox, and HeliJet offers a direct service from Seattle to Campbell River. And if you're getting here by ferry, the Nanaimo ferry terminals are serviced from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen on the Lower Mainland.

Address: Mount Washington Alpine Resort
1 Strathcona Parkway
Mount Washington, BC
V9J 1L0
Phone: (250) 338-1386
Toll Free: 1-888-231-1499
Fax: (250) 338-5493
Snow Phone: (250) 338-1515
Toll Free: 1-888-833-1515 (24-Hour Recorded Message)

Season: December to April, conditions permitting.
Lift Hours: Daily Lift Hours: 9am - 3:30pm, 7 days a week.
Night Lift: 3:30pm - 10pm, Thursday to Sunday, and Holidays.
Ozone Tubing Park: Monday to Friday 1pm - 10pm,
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 11 am - 10pm.
Nordic Hours: 9am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday
Night Skiing: 4pm to 8pm, Friday, Saturday and Holidays
Hours are subject to conditions and may change without notice.
Annual Snowfall: 10.5 metres (35 ft), Record 2010/2011 - 1,840 cm (over 60 feet!)
Vertical Rise: 505 m (1,657 ft)
Base Elevation: Alpine Lodge: 1,175 m (3,855 ft), Raven Lodge: 1,105 m (3,625 ft)
Top Elevation: 1,588 m (5,215 ft) - Summit
Number of Trails: 60 marked runs and acres of glades
Longest run: Lintonís Loop (1.9 km)
Resort Size: 1,600 acres of terrain
Number of Lifts: 2 high-speed chairlifts (1 six pack and 1 quad), 2 fixed-grip quads, 1 triple chair, 4 magic carpets.
Day Lift Operations: 9am - 3:30pm, Daily
Lift Capacity: 12,200 riders per hour
Night Skiing: Thursday to Sunday, and holidays - Operating 3:30pm - 10pm.
Night Ski Chairs: Whiskey Jack Chair and Green Chair - Stomping Ground Terrain Park, Coaster, Green run, Green acres and Easy Out are open for night skiing and riding.
Nordic Terrain: 34 miles (55 km) of cross-country ski trails, track set and skating trails. Partially located in Strathcona Provincial Park, and some trails are lift serviced via the Hawk Chair. Over 20km of Snowshoeing trails, and a 200-metre all-natural luge track. Raven Lodge, perched on the edge of Strathcona Provincial Park, is the epicenter of Vancouver Islandís cross-country community.
Nordic Hours: 9am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 8pm, Friday to Saturday.
Night Skiing: 4pm to 8pm, Friday, Saturday and Holidays
Snow Shoe Hours: daily: 9am - 4pm
Summit Elevation: 1,100m (3,609 feet)
Trails: 36% Easy, 32% Intermediate, 32% Expert
Pet-Friendly Trail: Raven's Revenge
Snow Tubing:


Lift accessed, night lit, complete with hotdogs and snacks in the log cabin and bonfires every evening. Located just past the Alpine Lodge - look for the Log Cabin. Riders under 42" tall ride free with adult in their tube.
Terrain Park: The Stomping Ground is one of BCís premier terrain parks, featuring jumps, hips, step-ups, as well as a sumptuous smorgasboard of street-style rails and fun boxes. If you like flow and youíre an experienced park rider, then this is the park for you! The Stomping Ground isnít all about throwing down: it contains the perfect learning park for those looking to get into park riding. In the learning area, the rails are shorter and the jumps are smaller, which gives riders the opportunity to progress in a fun and safe environment.
Resort Services: The Alpine Lodge
The Alpine Lodge features Alltitudes Sport & Gift store, rentals area, a secure locker area, groceries and a liquor store. Dining facilities include "Fresh" Take out, Fat Teddy's Bar and Grill, the Alpine Cafť, and Hungry Marmot Express.
Bradley Centre
Rentals, Snow School, Mountain Kids, and Mount Washington Learning Centre
Raven Lodge (Nordic Terrain)
Raven Lodge features a sports shop, Restaurant, Nordic rentals, lessons, waxing area, and locker rooms with showers and a sauna.
Raven Centre (Nordic Terrain)
Rentals, Shopping, Food and Beverages
Alpine Village
Ski-in/ski-out accommodation for over 4,000 people.
Summer Activities: Hiking Trails, Mini Golf, Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, and Scenic Chair Lift Rides

Mountain Bikers currently have 18 trails to choose from (31% beginner, 33% intermediate, 36% expert) serviced by 2 lifts; the Hawk Six Pack Express lift and the Eagle Express chair.

Hikers can choose from 7 alpine trails on Mount Washington (42% beginner, 29% intermediate, 29% expert) serviced by the Eagle Express chairlift.
Nearest Ski Area: Mt. Cain Ski Resort
Nearest Towns: Black Creek, Merville, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland,
Saratoga Beach, Mt. Washington
More Information: Recreation: Skiing and Winter Activities on Vancouver Island

Accommodation on or near Mt. Washington Ski Resort

Alpine Chalet on Mt. Washington Alpine Chalet on Mt. Washington
Strathcona Park Lodge's new Alpine Chalet on Mt. Washington offers visitors convenient access to some of the best alpine and cross-country skiing at Vancouver Island's most popular ski resort. The Chalet also offers excellent summer hiking in the spectacular high alpine trail system in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Black Creek Bed and Breakfast Black Creek Bed and Breakfast
Nestled between the Ocean and the Mountains in the scenic Comox Valley, halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River, this rural setting offers privacy to unwind 2km from beautiful Saratoga Beach and close to Mount Washington. Offering a comfortable stay in two separate suites to cater for couples, family or groups.

EMR Vacation Rentals EMR Vacation Rentals
EMR is a fully licensed Travel Agency offering fully furnished vacation homes, condos, suites, and estates in Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island. We have a large inventory of unique properties to select from. This includes properties that feature oceanfront, beach front, breathtaking views, private hot tubs, luxurious settings and more. Toll Free: 0-800-520-0932 UK.

Pacific Playgrounds International Pacific Playgrounds International
The Pacific Playgrounds Resort, RV Park, Campground and Marina is located at Saratoga Beach, midway between Campbell River and the Comox Valley, nestled in the trees along the bank of the peaceful Oyster River just as it flows into the Georgia Strait. This truly beautiful setting offers fresh air, clear water and acres of park for your enjoyment. Year-round RV Park, Cabin and Marina facilities second to none at your gateway to Vancouver Island recreation. Enjoy golf, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.

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