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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 06, 2016
Dave Johnson from Ski New Zealand New Zealand
Mt. Washington should win an award for the worse snow grooming in North America. They could win a free trip to Silver Star where they will learn how to groom a ski area.
January 31, 2016
Douglas Hurrell from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing at Mt Washington since the third year after they opened. The operation of the resort this year is the poorest that I have experienced. My complaints are: (1) the mid-week pass was discontinued making a lot of the loyal clientele angry (2) very few runs are groomed. As well as making the skiing boring this packs a lot of skiers on the groomed runs and makes them unsafe (3) Boom only open 4 days a week. Mt Washington is charging top dollar and providing a poor product. In my opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot.
January 29, 2016
Tom class action midweek pissed from Ski Canada Canada
So glad to have found this site. I was so pissed at the rip-off that was cancelling mid week passes after 30 plus years and screwing all their long term loyal customers. My family and I decided to boycott the mountain, but now that I've found this site and so many others feeling the same I would like to reach out to all those who feel the same way and start a class action suit for breach of contract. If anyone knows a lawyer who feels the same pass this on please. For now we can get this ball rolling on here then start a Facebook page to move forward and build. Let's show these new corporate Americans they have a social responsibility. [note from the editor: it would be preferable if contact could be made via a e-mail address. Please provide this so interested parties can use it.]
January 25, 2016
Gord Hyatt from Ski Canada Canada
I couldn't agree more with the comments about the poor grooming and the limited opening of the Boomerang from Friday to Monday. What a joke. The sunrise chair does definitely need updating. I am glad that I didn't get sucked in to buy a full on pass when they eliminated the midweeker.
January 24, 2016
chico from Ski Canada Canada
On the Mt (.Jan 23rd): all the blues nicely groomed. Good job guys. See you soon.
January 24, 2016
Dick Jones from Ski Australia Australia
A few points: - folks are not coming here for the night life and clubbing - they are not coming for the fine dining - they are not coming for the shopping - they are not coming for a village experience - they are not coming to invest in real estate. They are coming to ski. That is the product that Mt Wash should be selling, a high quality skiing experience. The average skier has intermediate skiing skills. They do not enjoy skiing 3 day old, cut up, wet and now frozen crud. They want a pleasant skiing experience for their family. This means good grooming! and lots of it, not just a couple of the runs on a weekend and holidays. Everything should be groomed. No one enjoys lift lines and crowded slopes so why not improve the Sunrise lift, there is excellent skiing over there. However, the lift is so slow most folks won't ride it. Replace it and you will pull lots of traffic off the busy Eagle Chair and Littons & Coaster runs. I am sure there are skiers around that love to ski the week old, cut up, coastal Pow; so let them ski Powder Face and the Basin, etc. Your average skier is looking for an enjoyable experience and that means well groomed runs.
January 16, 2016
Renegage from Ski Canada Canada
My Washington: it's definitely a love/hate relationship. I grew on this mountain and still love the winter atmosphere up there. Great skiing and great lift, however, the grooming sucks and so does the food in Teddies bar. Runny chilli and and overpriced everything else. Why can't someone put out a decent burger? Or change it up with a new cook. I have been looking at the same gross menu for years! Oh, well, we're still skiing on Vancouver Island right? Living in paradise, and pinching ourselves daily for living in this hidden jewel of the world. I can make a great sandwich anyways, and sitting on my tailgate or in my vehicle for lunch isn't so bad.
January 15, 2016
powwow from Ski Canada Canada
I'm a season pass holder who lives for powder days. Since Xmas all access to our backcountry is closed after 20 years of access. It's hard to accept that it is "closed" by a decision of our new owners. The same ownership now opens the outback Friday to Monday, regardless of conditions. Nobody skis there when there's been melt/freeze; it's virtually unskiable. When it's powder that's where all good skiers flock to. I thought, with new ownership, we would be taking a step up...apparently not. Also, those liftes "six" who would have made wages on the Boomerang if it was operating, whom are for the most part foreigners. Shame on you, Pacific Group, especially after a record Xmas break. I guess the last owners were at least looking out for skiers best interest, as you aren't.
January 10, 2016
Jennifer from Ski Canada Canada
I am a big fan of Mt. Washington and, let's face it, as an Islander I have little other choice. Although, last winter's snow debacle was not their fault, I was upset at the way they handled the seniors passes. Sure, a 50% credit was offered, but then they did away with the mid-week seniors pass, replacing it with a full pass which ta-daa, amounted to an extra payment of almost the exact amount of the 50% credit! Yes, we seniors are not that stupid! I invested in Whistler Edge Card credits instead this year and decided not to invest in a pass for Mt. Washington for the season. I may take advantage of their new pre-loaded cards and pay in advance for 3 days, but until the return of the mid-week passes they have lost me as a regular skier. Most of my mid-week friends spend money in the cafeteria, ski shop, get skis waxed and sharpened at ski tech and several of us have purchased skis there over the years. We are a group that needs looking after, not cheated. Most of us don't want to ski on holidays and weekends anyway. Also, sorry to see the 6-packs go as the transfer-ability of them, plus the discount, made them very attractive.
January 03, 2016
CrossCountryCurt from Ski Canada Canada
2016 at Mt Washington in a nutshell: New owners, big talk, thousands of holiday skiers, new mgt making $ hand over fist, zero attention to the basics! Understaffed and undertrained. Grooming on downhill and XC non existent, XC track worse than the backwoods of Missouri. Not a favourable "fresh start"; enough to kill any revived enthusiasm for the local hill. Deeply disappointed.