Mount Washington Alpine Resort with views to the ocean | Reuben Krabbe

Indigenous Culture, Beach Walks, and Surfing

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort | Reuben Krabbe

Mount Washington and Tofino


Ski meets sea on Vancouver Island, where Mount Washington’s 1,700 skiable acres are graced with huge snowfall and stunning ocean views. Known for its family-friendly feel, this self-contained boutique mountain resort offers a full array of on-snow action in a one-of-a-kind locale. Three hours away, on Vancouver Island’s west coast, the rainforest meets the ocean in the renowned surf town of Tofino—as remarkable a place to catch waves as it is to explore the cool culinary scene, immerse in First Nations culture, or simply walk the beach.

Go Deeper: Ski Mount Washington and Surf Tofino in One Trip

  • Airport: Comox International (YQQ)
  • First stop: Mount Washington
  • Second stop: Tofino
  • Total driving: 523 km / 402 mi (~7 total hours)


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.

Photo: Mount Washington Alpine Resort


The wild west coast of Vancouver Island excites the imagination and consumes the senses. Sandy beaches and rocky bluffs—pounded by the open Pacific Ocean—are fringed by old-growth rainforests that recall a time when Indigenous peoples were the only humans here. Come to Tofino to surf along endless stretches of sandy beach, to search for wildlife on a whale watching or bear viewing tour, to indulge in hyperlocal cuisine that gives a sense of place, or to surrender to the power of Mother Nature.

Photo: Ben Giesbrecht


Boasting more acres than California, Washington State, and Oregon combined—with most of it mountainous—BC is better than your average ski destination. But we don’t like to brag. Come and ski for yourself, and discover our adventurous spirit and big-mountain talents.

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