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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January 10, 2009
mo cheeba from Ski Canada Canada
I have worked and skied at numerous resorts in North America and find Mount Washington to be unique in many ways: 1) There are numerous returning staff that create a family atmosphere that is very welcoming and fun to be a part of. 2) It can snow 25cms in one hour. Has anyone seen this happen before? 3) The ratio of knuckling dragging, florescent one piece wearing, belt buckle flashing, ipod wearing typical poser wanabe snowboarders is a little high. 4) You can still see folks with a smoke in one hand a lucky in the other wiggling there way down the slopes sporting blue jeans. 5) This is the place were all x somebodys come to collect dust. Great spot to hear how things use to be and should be. 6) Most everyone here never leaves the island and believes that this is the only place to be, rain or no rain 7) 200 meter slack country with a 6 km flat road to walk out on, They all love it "hard core" 8) Overall, one of the most laid back, easy to enjoy ski hills around.
January 08, 2009
Ron Shillum from Ski Canada Canada
I've been a pass holder at Mount Washington for four years so I know, personally, the effects of a no-snow year on my XC skiing recreation. I feel really fortunate to live where I can be skiing in under 45 minutes. What makes Mount Washington unique, except for a few days in December (real powder days), is that I can use Swix Purple Fluro glide wax ( -2 to -8* C) on almost every day. My experience at the Raven Lodge and on the XC trails is that the staff are doing their best to be helpful. They are very courteous but maybe that's also because I am a polite old rascal. After two wonderful seasons of regular fresh snow and great snow removal on the Strathcona Parkway road, the only thing that I am anxious about is getting enough snow to get down onto the park trails soon. Let's give the staff some encouragement for jobs well done. Take a moment to say thank you. I think you'll find that a little courtesy and genuine appreciation will go a long way to making your day on the mountain and theirs an exceptional one.
December 29, 2008
snow cloud from Ski Canada Canada
We live locally and love the hill (Mount Washington) and the staff are helpful and friendly, It may not be as flashy as the big resorts, but it has great snow and challenging runs. Don't forget how lucky we are to have a resort close by and not full of tourists. Love it for what it is - bigger isn't always better.
December 24, 2008
Snowbunny from Ski United States United States
I've skied in a number of countries, including Japan and absolutely love Mount Washington. Why? For a small mountain resort it has everything. Attentive service, good food and wonderful choices in terrain. From the Outback (scary stuff) to very nice groomers where you can open it up all the way. And management doesn't stop presenting the goods during winter; summer season is open to mountain biking and hiking. Whether it's heavy snow or a need for the club scene (thank you for not being a first tracker.)
December 15, 2008
JAMES MCCULLCH from Ski Canada Canada
We always enjoy our skiing on Mount Washington. However, a little more investment for services and facilities would be great, even if it means attracting an outside investor.
December 11, 2008
Bill from Ski Canada Canada
I've been a long time skier at Mount Washington. There seems to be a lot of comparison to interior mountains. The snow is no comparison to the interior. Yes, the 6 pack is very frustrating. The Hawk/six pack is more the skiers than the staff. You are supposed to load 3 from each side. The problem is Mom, Dad, the two kids all want to ride together so they ignore the $10.00 hour, 18 year old lifty and that's where the problem begins. I've skied most of the interior mountains and the service is no different. At my week at Panorama, you couldn't get a beer at the end of the day. One waitress on? Mount Washington experiences all the difficulties that every business experiences these days. It's hard to find good help , no matter where you want to spend your dollars. Skiing was always a fun thing to do on the weekends. Now we have high speed detachables, padded seats, grooming on most runs and fancy places to sleep. And they still complain. If you can't go up and have a fun day, pick another sport.
December 08, 2008
Tom L from Ski Canada Canada
If you're a dedicated winter sports enthusiast, you should be aware of local conditions at Mount Washington and be able to have fun regardless of the snow type, even if the snow is heavy. First ride up the Eagle. Coming over the crest and seeing the Georgia Strait sprawled out beneath you is wonderful. The sun almost blinding and your nostrils freezing as they flare in anticipation, you duck off into the trees and you're off. All you see is white and a blur of green and brown as the thrill of weightlessness takes over as you soar; it's going to be a beautiful morning. Throw in a few safety meetings, some toobin (c'mon, if you can't have fun tubing, there's something wrong), a few bevvies at the pub, and a lot of smiling staff. I call that a damn good day. Go Mount Washington.
December 08, 2008
anonymous from Ski Canada Canada
i just read some of the reviews and noticed that a lot of people are complaining about its lack of dining and shopping and services. Well, I can't speak for other people but I personally thought you go to a mountain to ski or snowboard. Maybe I'm wrong. Mount Washington is good as it is, we don't need more tourists to come and compare it to Whistler. Go there if that's what you're after. Come to Mount Washington to enjoy the snow.
December 03, 2008
Denna from Ski Canada Canada
For the people who complain about Mount Washington, don't go. Vancouver Island is a small place, we are lucky to have any sort of Mt. They try so hard each year to have a great season and sometimes it doesn't happen. It's not like the employees wake up every morning and say " I wonder how bad we can make the Mt today" All I can say is give it a chance, just because you don't like it, doesn't mean other people won't. My opinion; Mount Washington is great so don't listen to all the reviews, you just gotta go and try it for yourself. Thanks.
December 01, 2008
LibTech from Ski Canada Canada
Mount Washington: I have skied this mountain since I was three years old. There seems to be a lot of yap about the management. This is a company with a lot of employees. Gossip and yap is bound to happen within any large company of any industry. I have had the pleasure to work with various different departments from the managers to co-workers and, all in all, everybody seem to all be there for one reason. To play in the snow. The Mount Washington true locals and staff are the best to know and ride with and I believe together they have created a warm welcoming atmosphere where everyone "knows your name" Cheers, have a seat in the pub after a day and Woody is behind the bar and Carla with be serving you. And Cliff will be telling his story of him and his friends epic day, just as you walk in, (insert your name) they yell.