Ski Canada - BC

Mount Washington Resort Reviews

Ski Canada - BC

Mount Washington Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Mount Washington Ski Resort

Mount Washington Ratings

Overall: 3.2. Based on 175 votes and 343 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.3

(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.

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.

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.

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.

Snowmaking: 1.8

(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: 3.8

(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.

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.

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.

Off-piste: 3.3

(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.

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: 2.6

(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): 2.7

(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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June 24, 2011
Allin from Ski Canada Canada
Father's Day was a fun novelty weekend, snow didn't get too sticky as the sky stayed overcast. Limited runs, but tons of snow still...a bit of snowcat tweaking could have opened up a lot more terrain with very little effort. If one went off piste into the trees, you got rewarded with a base full of pitch which really slowed you down, so you have to clean your bases at least once a day. Sure appreciated the chair lift ride up, after hiking up for our turns after the mountain closed!
April 24, 2011
Ski Bud from Ski Canada Canada
This is my first year back skiing the mountain after many years away. I have to give some feedback on the good and bad. The good: -Glad to see new terrain, and hopefully even more new terrain to open next yr. -For the most part, the staff is very pleasant. -Lots of snow this yr. -Some great skiing this year. -Glad the mountain extended the skiing to the end of April. Would be great if it could stay open longer (hint, hint). The bad: -People smoking right at the front door...soooo nice to get a lung full of smoke. -Snow boarders getting off the lift and plop themselves down wherever they please so I have to go through a maze to get down the hill kinda sucks. -It would be cool to see some new volunteers like Mountain Host's skiing the hills and answer questions, enforce some ski etiquette rules. -Lack of seating area outside of the lodge. The only picnic table belonged to the bear-claw place. -The liftee's for the most part were great. But my experience in asking some of them questions regarding the mountain was pretty bad. I'm just told "I don't know" and they don't seemed to interested in learning about the mountain. I suggest the management at the mountain have some better training for them. I know it's hard to find good help and these liftee's work cheap, but that really isn't my problem. -Parking kinda stinks. -Lack of signage at the exterior of the lodge was disappointing. -Night skiing kinda sucked. Maybe I am used to mountains having all the terrain open for night skiing. I understand it's a big mountain but there could be some more runs open for the evening. -Ticket prices were high. Overall, the year was great, but things could get better. I think it's an ownership issue. People tend to blame management but my experience with them has been great. Hope next year has a great snowfall. Cheers. -
April 22, 2011
Expensive from Ski Canada Canada
Open for great skiing today except the Sunrise lift and the Boomerang not open but mountain still charging full price. That's at least a 3rd of the mountain not open and lot busier lines and still full price ripoff. Way to reward your customers for skiing there all year.
April 19, 2011
SpicySausage from Ski Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
I agree with another reviewer's comment, the only thing is I wish this mountain was more snow-blader friendly. Those skiers and snow boarders just ruin green acres for me. How about some blade sized ski racks? Come on! This is discrimination!
April 18, 2011
HawgRiderBC from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
Well, I see lots of whining, and a few well deserved compliments on here. Skiing is a high risk sport, and quite a few injuries, as well as a few fatalities do happen. I personally think the mountain does a great job at balancing safety with customer service. A perfect example is that if you want to venture out into the back-country/out of bounds, as long as you're prepared (avi beacon, shovel, probe, etc), you won't get in a big hassle over it. This year was a record breaking year for snowfall, and I personally have 29 days in (gonna get that last one to make it 30 the last weekend the mountain is open) so far, and that is an excellent value for what I pay for my mid-week pass, which is why I'm a 9 year season pass holder. So, to mountain staff reading this, you deserve a pat on the back, and keep up the good work. I'd go up and say it personally to you, but I wouldn't want your heads to swell. Overall, I give the mountain an "A" rating.
April 17, 2011
get smart from Ski Canada Canada
The ski patrol goes out and cuts down trees and shovels snow around to make it look like there has been climatic avalanches. Man, are they good! Fact - there has never been, or will never be, an avalanche on Vancouver island.
April 16, 2011
PowPig from Ski Canada Canada
Hey Mt. Washington, if you want to show your appreciation save the pancakes and open the Boom. I'm lazy and hate walking. The frontside was truly amazing yesterday, a perfect April pow-pow day, more like mid winter:))))))))
April 07, 2011
Bday skier from Ski Canada Canada
I went on the blizzard day (March 4th) and it was awesome!!! It was actually my birthday and it was so fun to be caught in a huge storm!! Thanks mother nature!
March 26, 2011
BEN DOVER from Ski Canada Canada
I sure see a lot of bitching and not a lot of ripping.... where on the island.. where all baked n chill and we go shred . Anyone bitching go curling or stare at a wall and shut up.. our biggest problem has gone and things are getting back to normal ... so cut the mountain some slack, be grateful for what we got or move to Ontario and ride all the lifts from 9 a.m sharp. If you can't rip don't duck ropes.
March 17, 2011
Mr. Opinion from Ski Canada Canada
What is the world coming to! What on earth do they think they are doing up on that mountain? Man, not running the chairs in hurricane force winds? Pff, pansies. And how dare they not have the lifts dug out on the outback at 9am after a huge dump? Plus, could you please extend your towers? I'm tired of having to pay attention to clearances in this record breaking season and think when I ski or ride the chair... just make sure you do it at night so I can ride first chair at quarter to nine! Why can't I rip all the black terrain first thing in the morning in the middle of a 2 meter storm cycle? What's with that? There's not actually avalanches on Vancouver Island - those crown lines all over the place? Well I'm sure those are just wind formations... Like those full grown trees snapped off at the bottom of the slide paths, that happens all the time! It has nothing to do with massive avalanches. No way! How come you close obvious terrain traps anyways? You know what - I better let those frozen guard-people know all about my rude opinions on how things should run. And what's up with all these fall line skiers? Don't you know that traversing is the new skiing? Not only do I get to tell my buddies that I "rip" double blacks but I get to ruin all the good skiing for those who can actually ride the terrain! Don't even get me started on the grooming- I cannot believe that Lintons has moguls on it when it's snowing an inch an hour. How am I ever going to get my carve on? And why isn't every single blue run groomed every day? Plus the food! All you can get in the Alpine Cafeteria is cafeteria food! And all Sushi-mon has is Japanese! And guess what they sell at the Hawk Dog Stand? That's right! Why can't I get a proper new york steak in the Coffee Shop? Man... Then there's the staff- All trying to be friendly and helpful. Helpful my eye! I asked a parking lot attendant what DIN my bindings should be set at, what the backcountry stability forecast was and how many people where riding the Sunrise at that moment and he didn't know! Utterly incompetent. And you know who's fault the roads are? No, not the Provincially contracted highways service provider - No, No. The ladies in Altitudes gift shop are the ones to blame and to once again hear how it should be done from my unerring perspective. They should fire everyone and hire me. I'd do a much much better job!