Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Courtenay, BC

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lifts, lodging and webcams. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located on central Vancouver Island, near the city of Courtenay. Mount Washington is named in honour of Rear Admiral John Washington, a Hydrographer and an officer in the […]

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lifts, lodging and webcams. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located on central Vancouver Island, near the city of Courtenay. Mount Washington is named in honour of Rear Admiral John Washington, a Hydrographer and an officer in the Royal Navy during the early 1800’s. The mountain is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and borders Strathcona Provincial Park to the West, which is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. The park was founded in 1911 and named after Donald Alexander Smith, the 1st Baron of Strathcona, who was a philanthropist and co-founder of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Mount Washington Alpine Resort was the idea of Campbell River, BC businessmen Henry Norie and Alex Linton, who saw the potential for a four-season resort on Mount Washington. The mountain had a great natural terrain and an adequate area at the bottom to construct base area facilities, which made it the perfect place to create a ski resort to serve the population of Vancouver Island and beyond. After completing all the required permits and licences, Mount Washington Alpine Resort become a reality and in 1979 it opened for business with two double chairlifts and several trails. Mount Washington Alpine Resort has grown from those early days into a complete four-season resort with a family-friendly atmosphere, with panoramic alpine-to-ocean views, which makes this resort a jewel of Vancouver Island tourism.

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On the Slopes

  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a family-friendly mountain that has runs spread over three peaks. The middle peak offers the largest amount of terrain with runs to suit all levels of ability. A single chairlift ride on the Eagle Express will whisk you from the base to the summit where you will be greeted to the intermediate terrain of Coaster and Milky Way. From there you can also reach the advanced and expert terrain of Top of the World Chutes, West Basin Powder Face, Gold Rush Glades and the Outback.
  • A neat feature of Mount Washington Alpine Resort is the Boomerang Lift which received its name, because it looks like a Boomerang. It services the advanced terrain, known as The Outback, where you have the option to ski or snowboard the front side trails or back side near McKay Lake. The Boomerang Lift is unique in that it is a continuous lift that has off-loading privileges at the top when you load from the front side and when you load from the back side.
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort is home to the Easy Acres Terrain Park, which can be found in the beginner’s area of the mountain. This park features smaller rails, boxes, and jumps and is the perfect training ground to help build the skills required to advance to the Rock Star Terrain Park. The Whiskey Jack Chair will get you to the Rock Star Terrain Park where you can find rails, boxes, and decks for the experienced terrain park enthusiast.
  • Mount Washington Snow School has a vast selection of programs and lessons that will certainly aid in your skill development either for skiing or snowboarding. There are kid’s programs for youngsters as old as two years old for skiing and age three for snowboarding. There are group and private lessons for teens and adults, as well as, specialty programs including first-timers and Women’s Week.

Off the Slopes

  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort offers the complete mountain-side experience where families can enjoy time relaxing after a busy day in the outdoors. There are accommodations for more than 4000 people in the various properties throughout the village. There are also six restaurants, that range from more formal options to simple take-away fare, including Ted’s Bar and Grill and the Alpine Lodge Cafe. If you are in the mood for a little shopping, visit Mtn Tech or Altitude Sport and Gift, where you can find all the essentials you need for the slopes, plus many other items, including souvenirs and postcards.
  • The city of Courtenay, which is a short drive from the mountain, is a great alternative to staying slope-side. Courtenay provides a full range of hotels and motels, along with shopping and dining options from casual fare to fine dining.
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort is equipped with the Bear’s Den Daycare facility located in the Bradley Centre. The daycare provides a mountain of indoor fun with games, arts and crafts, plus lunch for ages 18 months to 5 years. Reservations are recommended.
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort features lots of other activities if you want to spend some time away from the slopes. There is the Nordic Centre, which has 55km/30mi of groomed cross-country trails meandering through the forest and open meadows. There is also 22km/14mi of snowshoe trails available and the always popular Tube Park for individuals and families to enjoy by day or under the lights. Note, there are restrictions, including height and age.
  • As a note for those with an RV, Mount Washington Alpine Resort offers a maximum of 3 nights in the Sunrise Parking Lot for “free”. RV’s must be self-contained as there are no services provided in this lot.
  • Motor Coach transportation is available and departs daily from Victoria to Mount Washington Alpine Resort with various pick-up points along the way. Call Smith Transportation at 1-877-756-2544 or 250-382-2544 for more information and rates.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1657 ft / 505 m

Base Elevation:
3558 ft / 1084 m

Summit Elevation:
5215 ft / 1589 m

Skiable Area:
1700 acres

Average Snowfall:
453 in / 1150 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 81

Beginner: 11 (14%)

Intermediate: 28 (35%)

Advanced: 30 (36%)

Expert: 12 (15%)

Terrain Parks: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Comox BC , 25mi / 40km

Nearest Major City:
Courtenay BC, 20mi / 32km

Nearest Town/City:
Courtenay BC, 20mi / 32km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-888-231-1499

Direct Phone: 250-338-1386

Snow Phone: 250-338-1515

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 1 to Apr 1

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: Everyday

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 3:30pm : Night session Thu to Sun & Holidays, 3:30pm to 9:00pm : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 9

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

=Chairlifts=

Express Six: 1

Express Quads: 1

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 2

Triples: 1

Doubles: 0

Surface Lifts: 4

Lodging

Mountainside: Yes

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Comox Valley Airport  (YQQ)
Distance: 25 mi / 40 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Nanaimo Airport  (YCD)
Distance: 92 mi / 148 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Resort Shuttle Service

Airport Transportation