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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December 31, 2009
Eric D- Victoria from Ski Canada Canada
I am a freerider from Quebec and let me tell you that Mount Washington is the best place I have boarded so far. I love the local atmosphere, the temperature is perfect, the service is good, the snow is actually snow not friken iced, the food is perfect. If you don't like it, just blame your wife. The stay is comfortable and again if you don't like it, get a better hotel. Again, if you prefer rednecks over flashy high maintenance tourists, and if you prefer local quiet atmosphere, then you'll find your soul in that mountain. Again, don't listen to me and don't come to Mount Washington as I want it to stay the way it is. I love riding, I love this island, Enjoy the snow all.
December 16, 2009
Gerry T - Colorado from Ski United States United States
I think the positive comments must be from paid staff! I thought the negative reviews about management etc at Mount Washington were just from the whiners so came up for a 4 day vacation. Boy was I dissappointed! Pretty obvious that the management are aware that they are the only game in town. A black eye on an otherwise fantastic hill. Accommodation kinda sucked as I thought I staying at a hotel but turned out to be a apartment building that has rented suites. It appears that it is all about greed, get as much money from us and supply as little services as possible. Staff (other than in the bar) were absolutely great. Conditions at Mount Washington were fantastic with deep powder and when I had a bad fall ski patrol were right there to help. New management with a better attitude will make this resort one of the best.
December 11, 2009
Nate from Ski Canada Canada
Just got back from a day on the slopes at Mount Washington. Great groomers- too bad not much new snow lately, but you can't fault "management" (seems to be the current complaint) for that. Everyone seemed to be doing their job well from the lifty's to the first aid patrol who helped that poor woman on WhiskeyJack. My son's complaints are that the snowboard park plays terrible music... but he calls the jumps "sick". I assume that's good. Worth the drive up from Nanaimo.
November 08, 2009
Mocheeba from Ski Canada Canada
Dust off your boards, break out your 'snowkorles', this is going to be the season of your cookie cutter lives at Mount Washington.
April 02, 2009
R from Ski Canada Canada
Mount Washington is very special and it is fantastic. I could think of little things to quibble about but really, why would I want to? I think the groomers and all the staff have done a terrific job this year, especially considering the low snowfall at first. Thanks to all.
March 13, 2009
powder hunter from Ski Canada Canada
Hat's off to the grooming crew at Mount Washington this past week. With no new snow and cold temperatures, I was impressed with the effort to keep the skiable runs in shape. Excellent work by the lifties this year. Your smiles and helpfulness are appreciated. My only gripe is the lift line mazes (at Mount Washington). Please make sure that the merge points are separated and the line widths only accommodate what the chair can seat. Unfortunately we, the public, are like cattle and don't like getting into the uncomfortable situation of telling that group of chatting ladies that it was our turn to go. And if me and my Buds appeared to butt through, I'm sorry. I'll try to talk less and pay more attention.
March 10, 2009
mountain king from Ski Canada Canada
The lift guys do an amazing job at Mount Washington. Geoff and Jordan are awesome on the Hawk, as always it's the few who spoil it for the rest. Think guys before you ski/ride. Mount Washington is a great mountain, come and enjoy it.
February 14, 2009
Rob M. from Ski Canada Canada
Mount Washington is a very good mountain and this year (08/09 season) they've done a great job with almost no snow. However, I do think they might need to rethink their calendar. The last few years the mountain shut down at the beginning of April with 300 - 400+ cms of snow still left. We never even had any spring skiing last year, it was powder days right up to closing day at Mount Washington (not that I'm complaining about powder). How about keeping the mountain open until at least the middle of May? Maybe even just a partial opening and only operate the Eagle and Hawk chairs? Open only on Fri, Sat, Sun? With the snow no longer coming in November, the mountain has missed its opening dates most of the time lately. We might need to rethink when ski season is at Mount Washington.
February 09, 2009
timothy Wyndham from Ski Canada Canada
Many cheers to the groomers (and management) for keeping Mount Washington open in a low snow year (2009). Many thanks.
February 04, 2009
Harle's from Ski Canada Canada
Once again the team at Mount Washington is doing a fantastic job of piecing together skiable terrain when Mother Nature is asleep on the winter job. Super mountain to ski and great family atmosphere with fun for all.