Ski-to-surf views and some of the deepest snow in the west define Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park, this resort wows with a staggering 11.5 metres (38 feet) average snowfall a year.
The resort promises a family-oriented, easygoing island vibe, and the alpine village has ski-in/ski-out accommodation for more than 4,000 visitors. Mount Washington also features one of North America’s top-rated Nordic Centres.
Jun 10, 2018: “This is a hidden gem that is worth the trip to Vancouver Island. Great runs including a Double Black Diamond if you are game, I was and it provided a great experience. Standing on top of the Mountain overlooking the ocean is an experience to behold”
Apr 17, 2018: “As a family who've never skied before, we signed up in person for the "Discover Ski Package" for our family which is good value for money. Our instructor was super-nice and spent a lot of time with our daughter who was having extra difficulty learning to ski. The slopes were not busy, there are great views on the mountain and we would definitely come back. Our only issues with the place is the younger staff who basically ignored us and walked around us while we were wandering around, obviously confused as to where to go next in gathering equipment and what to do. Luckily, we encountered two experienced staffers: one at the check-in counter (downstairs) who told us how to put the ski masks on and where to collect gear. The other was a man who came up to me and asked me if I needed help, giving me pointers on layering around my legs and feet, and eventually finding our ski instructor for us as we were running late because no one was there to help. These 2 employees were certainly much older and more insightful in detecting people who needed assistance. The young employees need training in being polite, making eye contact and/or smiling when customers enquire, and detecting newbie skiers like us who really need guidance when wandering through your equipment area. No one was there at the counter to assist. Phoning and leaving a message is even worse as you won't ever get a call-back (thus we showed up in person). The ski school did respond within 48 hours when emailing so this is good. Eating there was not a good option--see the other reviews.”
Mar 28, 2018: “We were here at Spring Break and the snow was amazing first thing in the morning. The weather was awesome but unfortunately the snow suffered in the later afternoon with all the sun. The lift lines were light as were the runs which made all the better. I would definitely return.”
Mar 20, 2018: “We were here at spring break. There were remarkably few people here. There were no lift lines ever. We often had the run to ourselves. This mountain has great facilities, great snow and a good variety of runs. I am concerned that unless it is patronized better, it will fold. The population of Vancouver Island needs to support their only alpine ski mountain better!”
Mar 4, 2018: “My husband and I travelled to Mount Washington this weekend with our mother's and two of our three adult children. We were fortunate to spend two nights~ though we all wished it was for more. The conditions could not have been BETTER! The runs were well groomed, the sun was shining...what could make it better? Nothing! Great company, superb conditions and a great place to rest after a lovely day~ Bear Lodge.”
Aug 15, 2018: “It’s such a great mountain to go to for all type of riders whether you’re beginner or pro. Staff is relatively helpful (it varied) but most are friendly. I enjoyed the slopes a lot and it was straightforward. Lift ticket pricing was a bit different/confusing than what I usually deal with, there were the morning, early afternoon, late afternoon and night tickets. And few of the hills were only operating during morning times. But once we got it figured it out, it was great.”
Aug 6, 2018: “We booked a suite in the Bear Lodge and it was fabulous. It was family weekend at the resort. We brought our 11 year old granddaughter for the weekend. When she saw the suite she was so excited to see her own room. She immediately approved! That’s a huge plus for us. We discovered the suite was well equipped of all amenities including a dishwasher & garbage disposal. There was nothing missed. There were games, children books, movies and video game. A child’s Mecca. For us adults, our room had an ensuite bathroom. Very comfortable bed.
Peter, the attendant at the desk was very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable of the area when our granddaughter posed continuous questions.
Overall this was one of the best places we have stayed. Looking forward to going back someday.”
Jul 26, 2018: “Great trail system and well taken care of. Lots of signs and they tell you how far things are. Dogs must be on leash at all times ,but most hikers have them off . Take lots of water and snacks or lunch . Spend the day or days as it it just great to be in the outdoors . Well worth the trip .”
Jul 21, 2018: “We hiked to the top and had a free chair lift ride down. This is definitely worth doing! Sure, it got the heart racing, but it was a beautiful walk with incredible views. There are plenty of things to do down the bottom, too, including mini golf, but we ran out of time. Don't know what it's like with snow, but if you're here in summer, walk to the top!”
Jul 20, 2018: “We came here on a bright sunny afternoon. We chose a short hike approx 6km out and back. The park is beautiful, green and expansive. Parts of the trails are boardwark (easy walk) and even the trail up the mountain was relatively easy (although it was the hottest part of the day!) The scenery was spectaular. The peace and quiet allowed ample opportunity to explore flora and fauna. We will have to explore more of the other trails next time. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen. It's free to hike!”
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