Visitor reviews for Mount Washington Ski Resort

Mount Washington Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 192 votes and 365 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: 4.0

(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.

Childcare: 3.4

(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: 2.9

(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): 2.9

(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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April 07, 2021
Mountain Family from Ski Canada Canada
That's a wrap! Great season ending Easter weekend with sun, snow and loads of fun. Mount Washington should be very proud. Throughout this winter, we never felt unsafe, and were so very grateful to get the whole season in! Kudos ya'll.
February 04, 2021
Shari from Ski Canada Canada
Beautiful views! It was my first time to Mt Washington and we were there on a Wednesday. The line ups for all the lifts were at least half an hour plus. There was often 1 person on a 6 seat chair lift and there could have easily been 2 people even with keeping safety protocols, so that was extremely inefficient and maddening. Also, they do not accept cash at the restaurants and eateries which is incredibly inconvenient as I never carry a credit card. I can't say I would return to this mountain, at least during COVID and if they remain cashless.
January 30, 2021
Mooseyboy from Ski Canada Canada
Good ole MW is my local hill. I have been fortunate enough to ski the world over in 30 something seasons of skiing, ski mountaineering, teaching and guiding, everywhere you can think of with snow from Africa to the Himalaya and from Japan and Greenland to Australia, from Iceland and Scandinavia to South America, Europe and Scotland (not Antarctica, yet). Washy is a great little hill, acre for acre way better than most, with friendly staff, great views and fun terrain. All ski hills are wet when it rains. All ski hills are bulletproof when it freezes. All ski hills (ok, most) are awesome when the snow is good. All ski hills get choppy when it snows during the day because grooming happens at night. There’s a pandemic on. We should applaud these Mount Wash people for keeping things going in whatever way they can and if they make a profit then more power to them. That’s what keeps businesses alive and Mount Wash is a business like any other. It doesn’t matter what country the owners live in. That’s just good old xenophobia.
January 30, 2021
Gord from Ski Canada Canada
To the much appreciated lifties and line marshallers at Mount Washington. You have been doing a great job keeping us safe and deserve a raise. Thank You.
January 04, 2021
Ron from Ski Canada Canada
Sure are lots of whiners and complainers about Mt Washington. Weather and conditions are always huge variables here, that's normal. Staffing is a huge challenge, that's normal. In the midst of a global pandemic, Mount Washington is doing a great job.
January 02, 2021
Bob from Ski Canada Canada
To Mt. Washington snow conditions team: not all snow is "powder", notably mixed rain/snow.
December 31, 2020
Ken Gread from Ski Canada Canada
Everyone should know that Mt Washington is now blocking anyone who makes a critical comment about their operations on their Facebook pages. You are only seeing comments that generally favour the resort. This is a manufactured lie and does not accurately reflect the status of the ski hill. In the long run, they will come to regret their attempts to censor our comments, but eventually, they will learn how much it costs the operation, when we stop going up to the hill. I am sick and tired of fascist corporate companies coming here from America and screwing us all over. I have been skiing up there for more than twenty years, but no longer. It was a zoo up there the other day, if you value your health, I would stay away.
December 18, 2020
Dave from Ski Canada Canada
Mt. Washington is my local hill, and as a season pass holder, I ski at least a couple of times a week. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to ski locally, and sympathetic to the challenges its wildly variable west coast conditions present, so am somewhat forgiving. That said, the grooming is terrible. On a rare day, you’ll encounter corduroy. It reminds you how chopped up it is the rest of the time. I don’t mind rough side country and mogul fields but groomers should be, you know....groomed?
December 03, 2020
Vicky from Ski Canada Canada
It is the day before the 2020 opening of the Mt Washington resort. I purchased a seasons pass in September and despite the resort manager promising in a promotional video that it will be mailed to me, I've not received it. When I phoned the resort yesterday (December 2), I was told they were working on September's passes! The advice is to go to the season pass office and wait with all the other folk who were expecting their passes through the mail, as advised by the resort manager! What a joke.
March 16, 2020
Sally from Ski Canada Canada
Mt Washington has suspended all winter activities until further notice.