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 16, 2015
Eclecticengineer from Ski Canada Canada
This mountain is a treat. Like most things on the coast, unreliable when it comes to the weather. I hear a lot of ignorant skiers ranting about snow-making. If it was possible, they would have done it. Mt Washington sits in a fragile and beautiful ecosystem. The water sources are scarce and protected. Unlike large city resorts, this one reminds you of how isolated and lonely the wild places really are. But go see for yourself. You really are at the mercy of the earth.
January 12, 2015
Shawn farmer from Ski Canada Canada
Ever heard a long winded Eddy Vedder song? The kind of song that inspires you, maybe takes you to a special place? I need one of those, this season is like having to listen to the first nickle bck record over and over. I swear to god I'll see Chad Kruger in the bar soon crying in his beer. So round two of a split season? Japan and Germany seem to be getting hammered, what about us? We either need to start releasing radiation into our atmosphere or start cooking Snitzel & spatzel at an alarming rate. I personally know a groomer up there, and they really are doing the best they can, they've even starting filling in cross ditches with marmot hair, old rental boots, hay & Teddy's grub. It's like skiing on a pair of worn out jeans. Mommas constantly puttin' patches on and sewing them up. We don't need snow making like some of the doomsday folk have suggested, we need a mini ice age, more beer and a little faith. I'm headed up there today to scope out a few lines through daddy's daycare glades,,, pretty sure I'll run into dirt chip, trigger finger, Jojo beans and the king of cain, all huddled up in a circle trading meat snacks and doin' whip it's. Gonna be a long month.
December 25, 2014
doomsday of the north from Ski Canada Canada
Well, nice poem, from another reviewer, but Mt.Washington could be so much more. As a regular shedder I love the mountain. With snow guns we could be open a month earlier than Dec.20th [temp.was right]. With improvements of lodge facilities we could be world class. Today you don't have to rely on a hope and a prayer the technology is there, lets get with it. We have a gem at our doorstep [moving the tube park is a start ]but lets see further improvements. Signing off doomsday of the north.
December 23, 2014
Otis beads from Ski Canada Canada
We hung on to the forecasts like children waiting to see if daddy was coming home. Pre-season clouded a lot of local skiers judgement, some found themselves waking up after a night of heavy drinking not knowing who they even were. Time was dragging out, ambition and the will to keep going was fading; who were we? Are we still people of the mountains? Or have we resorted to becoming something less than a snow inspired being. Things changed quickly, and just in time. Jack Daniels & Mr flap had almost sunk there teeth into our hearts, when three lost souls had an idea, the idea was to bring back the burn. Like the ullar parties in creek side of Whistler, BC, we gathered a few skis and a snowboard lying abandoned in my garage, I found a jug of old sled gas, almost rancid from last year. We invaded a neighbors back yard and used his fire pit, and then the burn began, demons of the offseason ablaze in the night, seared and torched into fumes shooting into the dark sky, this was only for a dream we held, a dream of winter making a return. When the smoke had settled and the fire pit looked stained with petex and blackened remnants of bindings and steel, it started snowing. It snowed for three days. {note from the editor: post edited to remove another reviewers name; interesting poetic licence.]
December 09, 2014
Daddys Spread Eagle from Ski Canada Canada
Timmy and I just scouted a new off-piste run behind the radio tower. Oh boy, it's going to be a great place to take Timmy on a picnic and show him how to master my spread eagle! He's a quick learner and we named that run Timmy's spread eagle in case anyone wanted to know? There's also a great off-piste run behind the sunrise that Timmy did back scratchers with me while I spread eagled all the way down! We named that run Timmy's touches! What a great season it's going to be with Timmy and I off-piste saddling up all the time! If anyone needs to know some more areas of back country that Timmy and I have pioneered we will let you know what they are called.
December 02, 2014
Doomsday of the North from Ski Canada Canada
Winter long range forecast same as last year. Limited snow for the coast and island mt ranges. Look at the next 2 weeks weather for Mt.Washington; high freezing levels and lots of rain. Lucky to be open for Xmas. Could be another bust. No shedding till end of January. Time to think snow guns. Signing off... Doomsday of the north.
March 22, 2014
bubby from Ski Canada Canada
Tube park. Spring break. One attendant. One lane closed. Twenty minute wait. Management can do better.
March 08, 2014
Jimbo from Ski Canada Canada
Woo Hoo! The snow is back at Mount Washington! I was up last week (February 27 and 28) and it was great. The mountain has done an awesome job with staffing and grooming, and the lifties are happy to be at work, whether they are slowing the chair on the Sunrise or scanning tickets at the other lifts. Good to see some familiar faces back checking tickets. If you're at the Hawk, say Hi to Norton. With the updated forecast, this could be an epic Spring Break.
February 27, 2014
wang kerr from Ski Canada Canada
Ah, what a great day creamy powder. Sun and pure fun. Tons of snow; 225 in the high runs, weee! And if rumours are correct welcome to the new Whistler or is it Whistler part dux. Hmm.
February 21, 2014
Chris from Ski Canada Canada
Skied on Feb 15 & 16 and the skiing was excellent given the fact they just reopened. The powder starved lined up and were treated to a great buffet of fresh. I had a few faceshots throughout the morning and while you had to be aware of "early season hazards", it was great coverage considering the season this mountain has been dealt.