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Visitor reviews for Mount Washington Ski Resort

Mount Washington Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 185 votes and 356 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(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.

Variety of pistes: 3.8

(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.

Off-piste: 3.4

(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.

Scenery: 4.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.2

(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.

Accommodation: 3.5

(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: 2.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 2.7

(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: 4.1

(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.

Childcare: 3.5

(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.

Snowmaking: 1.9

(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: 3.5

(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.

Shelter: 3.5

(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: 1.8

(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: 3.8

(1) The staff at Mount Washington are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Washington are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(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: 3.9

(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: 4.0

(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.

Beginners: 4.1

(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.

Intermediates: 4.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Washington, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.7

(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: 3.4

(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.

Cross-country: 4.3

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.5

(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: 2.8

(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.

Eating: 2.7

(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.

Apres-Ski: 2.7

(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: 1.8

(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.

Entertainment: 2.2

(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: 3.3

(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: 2.7

(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): 2.8

(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): 2.8

(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.

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March 16, 2020
Sally from Ski Canada Canada
Mt Washington has suspended all winter activities until further notice.
March 16, 2020
Ken from Ski Canada Canada
Mt Washington, on their Alpine Snow Report, want to assure guests they will be open on Sunday, March 15. What about Monday March 16th? We are getting sick and tired of this general lack of respect for season pass holders. Particularly out-of-town patrons. Why should we pay to go skiing at Mt Washington when management does not have the decency to keep up-to-date information on their website? We need to know by now if the hill is open today and telling us it will be open yesterday is not helpful. It is disrespectful and you need to be told time after time. We need to know if the hill will be open and if conditions are acceptable before 06:00 AM. Why?
March 02, 2020
John Herschmiller from Ski Canada Canada
Thanks to Mt Washington for the huge improvement in Nordic grooming for the last three weeks. I understand that Mark is back, grooming and teaching newbees the ropes. Makes for a completely different skiing experience when the trails are this well groomed.
February 18, 2020
chico from Ski Canada Canada
Skiing Mt Wash Sun Feb 16-Mon 17th. Weather and snow perfect Looks like they have expanded the groomed runs as this is what most of your guests are looking for. Nice job guys. Keep up the good work. See you soon. Thanks X
February 18, 2020
Helen from Ski Canada Canada
What is it with Mt W's relationship between alpine and nordic? You wouldn't think they were the same resort! The website and app mention nothing about the hours of operation for the nordic centre!! Staff at Raven Lodge say it has been brought to management's attention, yet still nothing. To add insult to injury, the new cloth trail maps feature only alpine trails. At least the previous editions had nordic trails too!
February 04, 2020
robert from Ski Canada Canada
Another season with 'very' sub par grooming! Very surprising as there are amazing first-class grooming machines sitting outside the maintenance shop but guess that the grooming crew just doesn't understand how to use them! It is like the grooming crew thinks it is a race to get their shift done as there is no pride or concern for the work that they do on a nightly basis. Runs constantly have ball bearing snow chucks all over the place and there are always lots of holes from blades and tracks damaging the snow surface. Management clams it is a result of the "Island snow" type so therefore that is the best they can do?? A good groomer driver or groomer supervisor would easily figure out what is the best time or temperature to groom each run so they could produce a quality finish. Maybe management needs to spend less time concerning themselves with food and beverage stuff and worry more about the outdoor product! Seems the new GM is missing the point that the main draw for customers coming to Mt Wash is for skiing and snowboarding!
January 30, 2020
Victoria from Ski Canada Canada
There is an extreme shortage of piste maps and rumour has it that they will not be available in the future. This is the first time (in all my years of skiing in many different countries) that I have come across this. I'm seeing so many other cuts in various areas this year. OK, so the mountain has a new zip line for summer use. I guess the winter users (which far outnumber the summer users) are paying for this in more ways than one.
January 25, 2020
John Herschmiller from Ski Canada Canada
Please, please, please, Mt. Washington, can you not try a little harder to improve the Nordic trail grooming. Maybe at least to the level that we had been able to depend on in the past. An effort was made then to level trails on side hills with a little blade work that I just don't see now. Attempts to groom wider trails have often resulted in uneven hollows down the middle. We experienced much better grooming in the past given similar snow conditions to work with and have hopes that we can get there again. I'm a season pass holder since the mountain opened.
January 18, 2020
Sally from Ski Canada Canada
Saturday, Jan 18th: BC highways advises that vehicles without chains will be turned around. (note from the editor: post will remain in place for a short time.)
January 02, 2020
Ian from Ski Canada Canada
Very accurate and helpful temps and webcam shots. With those and this site it was plainly obvious to see that a significant warm rain spell was going to hit during the new year's holiday, so I avoided it. But significant snowfall is happening with more on the way! Woohoo and thanks to the staff at the most amazing resort in NA... always a great time!!