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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March 09, 2016
LitigiousLapper from Ski Canada Canada
Attention Strathcona Parkway users. If any of you, your guests, friends, family or renters have experienced one or more flat tires as a result of a rock puncture from driving on the Strathcona Parkway, please invest in proper tires. We drive up this road 4-5 times a week during various conditions and have had no issues.
March 09, 2016
local from Ski Canada Canada
Not sure about all the gripe I've skimmed over but I have one thing to say for sure about Mount Wash: when it snows it snows! Who cares about the stupid carpets, or pissy vacationers and angry dads and rain clumps and grooming and poorly managed lifts and all the other whatnots. The mountain (with no help from top heavy management, but strictly geographically speaking) delivers, because even 10 cm of west coast snow is enough to cover ice and bumps and make you feel like a superhero on a trampoline. I've been on the mountain every season for 15 years and some were not as good as others but I'm stoked for all the different kinds of snow it gets and how much of it it gets. Maybe it's not for you if you are a soft core city slicker looking for an all around "vacation experience", but good riddance. If you're looking for a few amazing turns in deep snow then it's all there. Amen.
March 06, 2016
Carmen from Ski Canada Canada
For those who are interested: take a look at the live cam at Mount Wash. The groomer is broken down. We watched the groomer get out of his machine and walk up the hill. I guess the tube is out today. Poor families who drive up the mountain to treat their children on the tube hill. I drove up yesterday and did one run because almost all of the runs were not groomed. Very choppy and very dangerous. It must have kept ski patrols busy and perhaps lawyers, to come. I have skied many resorts in North America and Europe and this is the worst grooming I've experienced. Get it together guys.
February 17, 2016
Eye in the pie from Ski Canada Canada
As a customer who continues to return year after year, even when conditions aren't ideal, I offer the following observations. The grooming is excellent when there are ideal snow conditions; when it rains all day at night it's adequate. Perhaps a run closed during the day and a groomer cleaning it up a bit might help with the night skiing. Overall, there hasn't been any real noticeable difference and it doesn't matter how many cats you have or don't have available skied out is skied out. I do know they are down a few machines and I hope they can run with less as the cost is enormous and this will undoubtably reflect on the price of a season pass. I enjoy skiing mid week when the traffic is less and wonder why the Boomerang chair gets closed. Just last week I enquired with the lift worker and he informed me it was because of numbers. Really so do I get a discount for that day? Or should I ask for my money back? Seems like an odd way to run the place but what do I know? It was starting to clear up and the conditions had begun to improve; not sure who makes those decisions. As a customer, the continued on and off with no solid reason makes a pass to Whistler and the road trip seem like a better value. Can't really blame the new owners as they have inherited the current leadership and are likely to make positive changes after a solid performance review .
February 14, 2016
Midweek pissed from Ski Canada Canada
Are there any other people out there who were promised a 50 percent discount on their 2016 midweek passes from the mountain only to be told that they cancelled the midweek. Therefore, you would be paying for a discounted full pass which works out to what would have been a full mid week even though you never use the mountain on weekends and holidays?
February 14, 2016
Robin from Ski Canada Canada
I have been a night season pass holder for about 6 years or more now and this is the worst I have ever seen. They have closed the downstairs food area at night so now you have to get your food upstairs. I took a kid skiing on one night and the upstairs eating area was so full we had to carry our food downstairs. After helping ourselves to chilly in a pot with everyone digging out of and hopefully not sneezing or coughing into we carried our food downstairs, he almost slipped trying to carry his food and walk down steep stairs with ski boots, I spilled the super hot chilli all over my hands and had to keep going and try to help him at the same time. Afterwards, we went on the carpets again but were told to take off our skis as they had run out of anti freeze. Halfway up the lift stopped abruptly and because he was in boots not in skis he fell flat on his face. The lift operators were great running down to help him up and make sure he was okay but he could have been hurt over some antifreeze. We decided to try a different lift only to find that they were out as well. It made a great evening somewhat disappointing. We both still had fun but we left early and I have only been up a few times since and left early every time. The overpriced 'help yourself' food, the bathrooms at night when it is quiet are so filthy it is gross and no paper towels every time we have been up. Plus the lack of grooming makes for a less fun experience. I went day skiing once but won't again this season as the lines were way too long and there was no where left to sit in the lodge at lunch. I hope things improve or I will spend my time and money elsewhere. Last week my friends and I went hiking instead of skiing and we were biking a few weeks ago and tonight instead of skiing I am writing this review. Skiing is just not the same when you feel liket he owners don't care about their guests.
February 12, 2016
Bill from Ski Canada Canada
Have to agree with other posts, been skiing here since it opened and have never seen so little grooming, except for Littons. The east side of the mountain has been forgotten; not a great endorsement of management or owners.
February 11, 2016
Lynn from Ski Canada Canada
My family has been skiing at Mt. Washington for years. Each year we have watched the quality of service go down; poorly groomed runs (when they actually groom them), higher prices for food in the eateries, grocery and liquor store cut to almost non-existent and prices in the gift store sky rocket with very little selection. We are a captive audience on the Island. If only we had somewhere else to go to get our ski fix! This year, with new owners, we were excited. The staff seemed happier, there was a general air of "yeah, these new people know how to treat skiers, perhaps people will flock back to the hill and us property owners will finally see people wanting to buy into the place". Oh well, maybe next year. Unfortunately, all the people who decided to stop boycotting the hill did come and try it this year and went away unhappy as it's hard to pay the high prices for the quality they are getting. Oh well, maybe next year.
February 11, 2016
powwow from Ski Canada Canada
Skiing on family day was not only pathetic but unsafe for the public, with clumpy wet snow. Ungroomed runs were awful, seeing once a year skiers (half price) wiping out painfully on ugly moguls. I wonder how busy the ski patrol were? What happens is the few groomed runs very overcrowded, collisions imminent. Our new ownership gave us hope...four seasons, luges, zip lines, mountain biking. What a joke. Take care of winter..the rest will follow. Listen to the people, their complaints are rampant. I am very disappointed.
February 07, 2016
Audrey from Ski Canada Canada
It is Saturday evening on family day weekend. The parking lots are full and the village is buzzing with activity. We went for a night ride and the slope conditions were horrible. We took the tubes to the Yellow chair and the green runs were very uneven. As we rode up the Yellow we were stunned with the lack of grooming. It was obvious that many visitors were beginners and they were struggling with the bumps (moguls). Whisky Jack run was super deep bumps, Coaster only slightly better and although the Terrain park grooming was only okay, it was in the dark. The light posts were there but the light wasn't. Do we have representation from the new owners here. Are they onboard with the lack of customer service that we are extending to our guests. I certainly hope not. These families are spending a big buck to be here and I would think that the management would go out of their way to make sure that these guests return. The price of grooming is not worth losing this clientele.