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.
Jan 13, 2020: “I have been Nordic skiing at Mt. Washington for many years (because it is the only place on Vancouver Island with maintained trails) and I have skied at many other cross country areas in BC and elsewhere. While in a beautiful setting with much potential, I am sorry to say that I do not recommend it because this resort has the distinction of having the worst Nordic trail grooming I have ever seen. Sometimes it is so poor that parts of the trails are downright treacherous. Huge gouges in the middle of the trail, ninety degree turns at the bottom of downhills, classic tracks that disappear and reappear or squiggle back and forth. Many complaints have been lodged to no avail. It is clear the Nordic area, at least since new ownership has taken over, is an afterthought. I have Nordic ski friends across the country and I cannot recommend they visit here to ski. It’s too embarrassing, really. If you are not from the Island and want to Nordic ski, go to Silver Star/Sovereign Lake near Vernon.” 0
Jan 7, 2020: “Just to start off I would like to say I don’t normally write negative reviews, but the service I experienced here was way below acceptable it my opinion.
We picked up our rental gear from the lodge the day before which is really nice so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning. When we got to the lodge we were redirected to multiple different people as nobody was able to process our tickets that we had purchased online. Ended up having to fill out all our rental forms by hand. Not a big deal but there was much confusion and you could tell that many of the workers didn’t know what they were doing. We then went to pick up our rental jackets and pants. The condition of them were so poor they should be embarrassed to rent out this gear. My jacket leaked and my pants were so ripped that they had literally tried to staple the rips together. Don’t waste your time with renting this stuff, not worth spending the day soaking wet like I did. Next day we get to the chair lift in the morning and my brother in-law realized that they sized his skis wrong for his boots. It was super busy in the morning but half an hour later we were back to the lift. Then we realized my dads skis were also sized wrong so back to the ski shop again. After that we get to the top of the lift and then I realized that one of my bindings was missing the strap, now I am unable to board down the mountain. I talked to the lift operator and if took him half an hour to get ahold of the workers at the bottom of the lift to finally send me back down the mountain. By the time i get everything fixed half my day was already over. Very shortly after this one of the binding on my nephews snowboard came loose....
I’m not sure how much training the people working at the rental shop have but it seems very unorganized and not a lot of care is going into setting up the equipment and maintaining it. Next time I go snowboarding I will consider renting my gear off the mountain. Lift tickets and rentals are not cheap and for $200 for the day I expect to get more then 3 hours to enjoy the mountain. Other then all the issues with our gear and the very unorganized rental shop, we received good customer service at the restaurants and coffee shop. Lift attendants were also very helpful.” 1
Dec 31, 2019: “Reading through other reviews, while it is true that some of the retail/rental staff can be inexperienced at the beginning of the season, can you honestly say that you were never new at something? If you are coming at the beginning of the season, or over the holidays it only makes sense to come expecting things to take longer than usual. I didn't enjoy my trip the weekend after Christmas as much as I did my earlier trip because the weather wasn't co-operating and it was extremely crowded by my standards.
All that being said, I started the season as an absolute beginner and have made exceptional progress thanks to the talented, attentive instructors. Even though I have used up my package, I intend on continuing to take lessons throughout the season. I believe with a dedicated training plan I will be at the intermediate level soon enough largely thanks to the high quality of instruction provided.
The green runs are well groomed, although popular. It can be painful when the magic carpet halts.” 2
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