Once again Mount Washington was celebrating a near record breaking YTD snow amount of 1740cm (680”) as well as a snowpack of over 7m!! (21 feet) the highest anywhere in the word at the time.
With this numbers in mind it was easy to decide on where to go next after skiing many weeks in Japan during the 2010/2011 season.
And this is what we found after taking the ferry from North Vancouver to Nanaimo and driving another 90min to the base of the mountain:
A medium sized resort with all kinds of terrain. 20% beginner, 35% intermediate and 45% experts. Extensive grooming as long as there is not a massive dump which would make it impossible to keep all runs groomed.
A very nice day lodge with a huge rental shop, restaurant and bar with a good selection of food and beer, shop with ski and snowboard gear, cafeteria etc.
Overall a good lift system with one high speed quad and one high speed six pack. In addition several double, triple and quad non detachable chairs. Lift lines mainly during the weekend and weekdays only if there is significant snow fall and therefore delayed opening of terrain. The incredible amounts of snow they can get over night will lead to delays but don’t worry they work hard to dig out the chairs and perform extensive avalanche control.
Backcountry: Various gates to access some of the steep areas which include cliffs to challenge yourself if you don’t prefer to ski around them. There is no avalanche control and ski patrol will only open or close the gates based on the overall avalanche risk.
Tree skiing: Plenty, with some steep sections within and outside of the resort boundary.
There is a little grocery store on the mountain where you can find some basic food and drinks as well as wine and beer. If you intend to stay on the mountain I recommend buying your groceries while you are still in the valley.
Here are some more facts taken from the website
In winter, Mount Washington receives a legendary 10.5 metres of annual snowfall. The resort is acknowledged as the home of Canada's deepest pile, however, it's not all about the snow! In summer, the mountain and surrounding resort community transforms itself into a major destination for mountain bikers, hikers, and summer alpine enthusiasts.
Mount Washington is a family friendly resort that has facilities and terrain for all ages and abilities, 4000 beds on mountain - many of which are ski in/ski out and a great snow school with plenty of winter activities for all the familiy.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America. Located in an enviable geographic location, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean, Strathcona Provincial Park and the Beaufort Mountains to the west and the Georgia Straight to the east. In the winter season this Canadian ski resort treats visitors to a wide choice of alpine accommodation and the perfect combination of rugged west coast beauty and vast depths of all-natural snow. It is a unique destination where visitors can enjoy an island getaway that offers world class skiing, snowboarding and nordic sports.
On the mountain with a big selection of small to very large units from reasonably priced to more luxurious.
Check this for more details: http://www.discovermountwashington.com/
Chains or 4WD during storms are of big advantage or even mandatory.
How To Get There
From Vancouver take the ferry to Nanaimo and drive north on highway 19. After about an hour you will see the sign to the ski resort and after another 30min you are at the base. There are various parking lots and you can access the mountain from 3 different areas. Keep driving after you have the first chair on your right to get to the main base area with the day lodge.
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