Mount Washington opens one week early

Mount Washington opens one week early

Mountain will open with a base of at least 135 centimetres

– Nov. 30/11

Mount Washington, British Columbia, Canada
Over 200 cms (6 feet) of snow has blanketed the mountain over the last three weeks. Time to track pack!
Photo courtesy of Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

MT. WASHINGTON, BC – It appears that La Nina is up to some of her same old tricks. Cooler than normal temperatures, higher than average precipitation.  The kind of weather that makes you want to curl up by the fireplace, or better yet, strap on your skis or snowboard.

“This is the third winter in a row where we've been able to open before our projected opening date,” explained Mount Washington spokesperson Brent Curtain. “We've received over 200 centimetres of snow in November and this has established a great snowbase for the start of the season.”

Mount Washington opens up for skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, and cross-country skiing this Friday, December 2nd. Lifts and trails open at 9:00 am sharp.

Magic Carpets and Easy Acres open right away, night skiing on Dec. 15th.

The mountain's snowbase, now sitting at 135 centimetres with over 25 centimetres of new snow falling in the last 24 hours, will enable the resort to open up the majority of its frontside terrain. All frontside lifts will be in operation for opening day with the exception of the Whiskey Jack Chair which will begin operations on December 15th for night skiing. The mountain will also be operating all four Magic Carpet lifts in their new Easy Acres learning terrain.

“As of yet, we don't know the exact runs that we will be opening this Friday so stay tuned and check out our snow reports at the end of the week,” Curtain adds.

Mount Washington, British Columbia, Canada
It's only a matter of time before Mt. Washington looks like this again (photo taken at Mt. Washington last season)
Photo courtesy of Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

In addition to the alpine terrain, Mount Washington will open up two tubing lanes for snow-sliding at the Ozone Tubing Park and over 20 kilometres of XC trails in their Nordic Centre.

Mountain goodies

At the Stomping Ground Terrain Park, park groms will also have a selection of rails and new park features to ride on opening weekend. The mountain acquired new decks, rails and boxes over the summer to keep things fresh and flowy.

Don't forget that Christmas is right around the corner! Go to the online store at mountwashington.ca to pick up gift cards, 6ix Packs, and other assorted mountain goodies. You can also visit the mountain at their new sales location in the Driftwood Mall in Courtenay to pick up those last minute Christmas items.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens for winter operations on Friday, December 2, 2011. The Resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Island Express service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam.

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