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Snowboarding at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

(Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)

Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Geography

Mount Washington Alpine Resort lies on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island ranges in British Columbia.

Known for its spectacular ocean-to-alpine views, the resort is among British Columbia's top destinations for winter sports (downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing) and summer sports (hiking and mountain biking).

Vancouver Island Ranges

Mount Washington is part of the Vancouver Island ranges that extend the length of Vancouver Island and comprise the island's largest geographic component. These mountains are, in turn, a sub-range of the Insular Mountains, Canada's westernmost mountain range. The peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park rise to more than 2,000m/6,562ft. Mount Washington peaks at an elevation of 1,590m/5,217ft.

Seasons

These high, decidedly rugged mountains combine with warm Pacific breezes to attract massive amounts of snow in winter months. With snowfall amongst the highest recorded anywhere in the world and mild temperatures, Mount Washington is ideal for winter recreation.

In summer, alpine meadows burst with colour from heather, lupine, monkey flowers, and paintbrush. Even with high temperatures that prevade the Comox Valley, a quick half-hour drive to Mount Washington treats visitors to cooling breezes and panoramas of gleaming white ice fields, high snowy peaks, the green Comox Valley, the Salish Sea, and BC's Coast Mountains.

Climate and Weather

Along with an abundance of snow in winter, the mountain is blessed with mild temperatures averaging -2°C/28°F in winter. January is usually the coldest month, with an average high of 0°C/32°F and low of -6°C/21°F. July is the warmest and driest, with an average high of 25°C/77°F and low of 15°C/59°F.

Layer clothing and be sure to pack water and windproof apparel. Fluctuations between daytime and night temperatures, temperatures differing according to elevation, and wind chill can make it feel much colder than temperatures indicate.