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 174 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: 3.5

(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.

Snowsure: 3.8

(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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February 12, 2011
holesmasher from Ski Canada Canada
This resort has very strict backcountry access. The days of the good ol' boys on patrol, like Niko and John, are gone. If you guys see someone that has cut the rope, slayed a line and hucked a massive air and stomped and they have all the gear, use your good sense and let them walk. These so called gates and ropes everywhere make sense and there is alotta idiots out there but they cut off all of the sickest lines on the do we ride the sick stuff now without losing our pass?
February 04, 2011
Jimmy from Ski Canada Canada
Seems like management pays attention to this so how about some new terrain? Great that the whole gold rush area got opened (needs some work still, glading and the uphill traverse out in particular) but how about the north bowl and the backside of the Mt? Seems to be some ripe intermediate and expert terrain. Plus maybe a 2nd base and more parking? Hmm.
January 21, 2011
chico from Ski Canada Canada
Great place, great skiing, get up here.
January 14, 2011
Jj from Ski Canada Canada
Awesome time on the hill at Mount Washington. Really like the half price deal with Kokanee. Very friendly and helpful at guest services. Will be back again for sure.
January 09, 2011
W K from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
Glad to see things are under control. Too bad about the bad start. So nice to see management out keeping an eye on the big picture. I hope those who have had a poor time in the past will give us a try again. And a very happy new year to the owner of the hill and thanks for his hard work keeping the hill and parking clear of snow ..enjoy !
December 21, 2010
dave from Ski Canada Canada
The snow just keeps falling out of the sky at Mount Washington. Most unbelievable start to the season. Fresh powder every day. Ride the storms and embrace the cold. Another steller day tommorrow and all week.
December 20, 2010
Troy from Ski Canada Canada
Thank you....for making the change that was needed to make Mount Washington a great place to ride again. We (the locals) are so happy to have our avalanche control done in a respectful and timely manner. The faith has been renewed in the managment. Keep it up cause we love to ride the steep and deep that is so plentiful.
April 01, 2010
Jake from Ski Canada Canada
There seems to be a common thread here of bad management, and that the owners at Mount Washington ski area should sack the current management. The managers that I have interacted with have always been exceptional but following the instructions of the owners. Perhaps it is time for new ownership of the mountain so that the managers can actually do their job and provide the client service they want to????
March 30, 2010
Buddy Best from Ski Canada Canada
Okay, here's the deal on Mount Washington. The bad: If you drive up to the mountain make sure you wear your snow gear from home because there are no proper change facilities, just washrooms? Sweaty balls by the time you're ready to ride!!! If you want a great plate of nachos at the pub good luck.... you can only order after 3PM? If you do get nachos enjoy all the fixings from a 5 gallon pale Guac- Salsa etc...They really could get a lesson from the pub at Red on the pub food! Year after year change the menu, more lame food! If you are really excited about riding the Boomerang aka Noonerang stick around, and it might open for Noon if you're lucky! If the lift lines are really long because it's a weekend...have a look at the yellow chair, it's probably not running. The good: I have enjoyed almost all of Bc's best ski resorts, big and small. When I go to Kicking Horse or Big White you will hear about champagne powder, the lightest snow blah blah blah. Yes, most of the time Interior mountains have lighter snow but I have had many powder days on Mount Washington where the snow quality is as good or better than the Interior mountains. When the freezing level is low it is fantastic! So, as many of the comments here refer to management issues the people that run this mountain need to listen!! There is much room for improvement. If you just want to ski / ride without a concern for the mountain services you will likely enjoy Mount Washington with loads of snow!!
March 15, 2010
Shnoodler from Ski New Zealand New Zealand
I turned and turned and turned (at Mount Washington) and the face shots just keep coming. Other than having to defend my spot in line at the Backside chair with my fists and mouth worse than a French ski area during break. The place had great snow for the first 10 minutes it was opened. What's the deal with all the snowboards traversing, it completely defeats the purpose of fallline skiing. Fallline island folks! go back to your basics. Snowboarding is a fad that will hopefully pass.