Mount Washington Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Mount Washington Ski Resort
October 08, 2016
dirtysdaddy from Canada
What's with all the dads crossing their tips down Dads run and the poop chute? Learn how to squirt down the triple black diamonds or go snow plough your sun (?son) on the carpets where you belong. Telemark Timmys run is for me and my sun (?son) dirty and maybe a couple of the local pros like Borecky and the big ass Brobumbras so if you don't know how to free heel ball torque then just take a load on the magic carpet.
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Mount Washington Ratings
Overall: 3.1. Based on 138 votes and 312 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mount Washington.
Public Transport: 3.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Washington, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Mount Washington, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Washington.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Washington, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mount Washington is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mount Washington relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Washington, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Washington are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mount Washington is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Washington, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.9
(1) Mount Washington usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.7
(1) The staff at Mount Washington are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Washington are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Washington has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Washington, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Mount Washington, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Washington, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Washington has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 2.5
(1) Overall, Mount Washington is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.6
(1) Overall, Mount Washington is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
October 08, 2016
Sir Staunchwal Twisty from Canada
* to the tune of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Is this a real line?
Is this just fantaski?
Caught in a sheet slide
A size 1 but I'm saying 3
Open your eyes
Look at the closed signs and see
I'm just a dirt bag, give me some sympathy
Because I'm pretty rad, did you know
Ducked the rope, came in too low
Anyway the wind loads, probly should have mattered to me...
Ullr, just out skied the dads
Put a traverse track straight across
The fall line now I'm lost
Ullr, I've just begun
Used to volly and I've got my big boy skis on
Took the AST
But I guess I probably should have learned to ski
Carry on, carry on... cuz Logans gonna save me.
Too late... He's at home today
Pretty sure I broke my spine
Priapism all the time
Goodbye old Gibby, I've got to go
But good call on machines to make the snow
I miss the phat that Teddy used to be
I smell a little trace of the man
Stermo, Stermo! left the party for the brew show
Snowflakes in my tears, running in the beers
Freight Truck Joe!
Freight Truck Joe!
Tried to fire him but he said NO
But I'm just a millwright, nobody loves me
Hes just a rich kid, from a rich family
Spare him this work so he can drink more tea
Easy come, easy go, I can work from home...
Salary! So I can work from home
Salary! So you must listen to me
Salary! The risk is on my boat
They will not let me go
Never let me go
Nub Nub Nub Nub nub Nub Nub Nub!
Peter Gibby Peter Gibby
Peter Gibby let him go
Old Sharps still here but what he does is still a mystery... to me
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August 31, 2016
Chico from Canada
New changes at the Wash; from grooming to facilities etc. About time. Can't wait. See you soon.
March 26, 2016
Gee from Canada
As has been said before, there appears to be two kinds of reviews on this site: consumers wishing to improve their Mt. Washington ski experience by offering criticism, or fanboys (Mt Washington employees/vested interests?). I would love to see posters disclose their relationship to Mt. Washington, being that this is a review site; it would help consumers separate review from spin. I'll start it off, my only relationship to the business is that I give them money so as to ski at the resort. I don't understand why posters have to resort to calling people names for criticising a service they pay for? To echo someone previous - reminds me of US politics.
March 19, 2016
Caley from Canada
Gorilla rats. Whine in public. Pissy vacationers. Suck it Up! You people who are slamming those with opinions about the grooming sound a lot like The Donald (Trump). Canadians can have their opinions. If they believe the grooming could/should be improved so that they and their families can enjoy their day, perhaps it can be.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you; these are visitors and locals who pay good bucks for a day on the mountain.
March 19, 2016
elephant man from Canada
There have been lots of great days this winter, yet, oddly, only a few reviews about them to balance out the endless stream of crapulent whining. It seems people are very vocal in their complaints but very quiet in their praise.
Every single ski area in the world has crappy days. The more snow they get, and the warmer their climate, the more crappy snow days there will be. Mt Wash sits on an island in a warm part of a warm ocean. It gets a lot of snow. It will therefore have many crappy snow days. A monkey could follow that logic.
Imagine if that monkey had access to Snow Forecast. It could use the website to plan trips to Mount Washington to avoid crappy snow days.
If Silver Star, Big White etc existed in the same climatic zone, they would have as many crappy days as Washy does and everyone over there would be whining.
The situation for consumers is similar to that faced by viewers when something they don't like comes on television: They can switch it off and/ or change channels, or they can watch it and whine. Judging from the reviews here, I think most reviewers would be in the 'watch it and whine' category.
If you don't like it here, buy a pair of Volkls and move to the Okanagan, or understand something of snow conditions and stop whining and get on with it.
And don't worry, even if you do pick up sticks and move to the Okanagan, Snow forecast covers the hills over there too, so you can still whine in public every time they have a crappy day. God only knows the only thing worse than a crappy snow day would be having nowhere to whine about it.
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March 17, 2016
Bill from Canada
Say what you want about the so called whiners but they speak the truth about the poor grooming and other issues. At ninety bucks a pop for a regular day pass l expect better. Why do you think the numbers are down.The tribe has spoken! Wake up for next season.
March 15, 2016
Bedpan aspen extreme from Canada
Well glad local spoke it how it is. Groom this groom that drag your
fists like a gorilla rat, pump your brakes and eat some Frys, exercise your groomer thighs. Whine so much it melts the snow
then pretend you're on a groomed rope tow. All
in all, it's not so bad. I just came back from skiing 'dads dads'.
Was sick and filled with bumps; I grabbed my skis and fluffed
the pow, I did some turns with Fluffo the clown. We hit some airs and surfed the bones now all you whiners just head on home.
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March 12, 2016
Local from Canada
I don't see many posts lately on Nordic grooming, so here goes. I would have to give the Mt. a C- for the season, trending downward. It seems that even a relatively small snowfall overnight creates huge problems both in the quality of the grooming and in the number of trails that can be made skiable.
An example was Monday the 7th of March. Conditions were ideal, the resort reported 7 cm overnight, 10 in the last 48 hr. There were 34 K of 55k actually groomed, and 50% of that was subpar. This was on a day that had epic spring skiing potential. Oh, and the Nordic parking lot was nearly full, so the skiers were there.
I've skied Mt. Wash trails since the resort opened, and can accept that heavy snowfall, freeze-thaw, rain, boiler plate etc can be valid reasons for grooming difficulties. On the flip side, these are the conditions that we live with. 30 plus years of experience, the right equipment, manpower and attitude should have already gone a long way towards solving the problems on difficult days.
The most important thing that this Mt. has to sell is the skier experience on the slopes and trails. This is critical to developing new skiers and retaining the rest of us. Work to make the skiing the best that it can be and all the rest will follow.
March 09, 2016
Early bird from Canada
I saw that the mountain is closing midweek early this year on April 3?
Kind of cheeky since they got rid of the midweek pass so they can stop being open Mon-Thurs in April, even though people had to pay for a full alpine pass this year. Like when they shut the Boomerang down midweek earlier this season. Sneaky! But I get it. New owners need to run the old machine for one season, so why spend the money when something new and shiny is on the horizon? Well, it better be.