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 04, 2006
mark adams from Ski Canada Canada
Mount Washington is a superb family ski hill. With varied terrain suitable for all abilities, in a quite compact area, and with fantastic views including some of the ocean. Combine this with a friendly, laid back, Vancouver Island atmosphere and you have an outstanding package. So much better value than some of the bigger and better known resorts in BC. Check it out!!!!
January 17, 2006
James MacDonald from Ski Canada Canada
Skiing in British Columbia Canada is excellent - probably the best in the world. Although Mount Washington has much to offer it suffers from being a coastal mountain with heavy snow at best. Also, because it usually has a high annual snowfall (except in 2004-5 when it was closed most of the time due to lack of snow) it frequently has poor visibility. It does have some excellent runs, but its location on Vancouver Island has meant it definitely suffers from a lack of competition - this is reflected in the management style. I'd recommend any other comparable size ski mountain in BC first. Try, Silver Star, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Red Mountain Whistler, or the Canadian Rockies which are amazing - Sunshine, Lake Louise, you'll not be disappointed.
October 11, 2006
rick Gibson from Ski Canada Canada
Mount Washington is an incredible family destination that almost guarantees snow, but more importantly, offers a great family experience adjoining a Provincial Park with the Ocean and beaches 30 minutes away. Paved road to the top. Plenty of good quality accommodation and great skiing!
November 01, 2006
Lisa from Ski Canada Canada
We had a kick-butt season last season with the deepest snow base in Canada for 2005/2006. The Boomerang opened to rave reviews and we had tons of fresh powder. Fun times!
September 26, 2007
adam from Ski Canada Canada
The boomerang opens up truely amazing terrain but you need to hit it right. Otherwise you might get stuck with icy hard snow conditions.
January 16, 2008
You lost this customer! from Ski Canada Canada
Wow, what a place. I have never experienced such poor service and high prices at a Western Canadian ski resort. Go ski but don't go inside the resort, restaurant, ski shops or other. Food is horrendous, staff attitude is poor and when I complained the Manager told me to "take it or leave it because there is no other place to go!" Well I can go other places like the interior ski resorts. Man, what happened to this place? Dale Gann.
January 20, 2008
dave from Ski Australia Australia
Mount Washington is the best place on earth. The snow is wicked, the powder even better and mid week there is no lift line at all so it's sick. Whistler is not good. With the prices and lift lines it's cheaper and better at MW so come to the island and you will never want to leave.
January 21, 2008
Cindy from Ski Canada Canada
The snow is great. However, the customer service is horrible especially the office staff. This is not a family hill. This mountain is so far behind the times it will never amount to anything. Go to Mount Cain or ski Alberta on interior of BC, it rocks.
January 23, 2008
Thomas from Ski Canada Canada
I believe the management staff at Mount Washington need to take a course or two in interpersonal communication skills.
January 23, 2008
Lovin' it! from Ski Canada Canada
So what if the food sin't so great on the hill. There are a bunch of really good restaurants in Courtenay and Comox which is only 30 minutes away (and right next to the ocean). TMount Washington is about the super deep snowpack (400+cms in the 3rd week of January). It's about the big pacific fronts that roll through all winter and will drop 30+ cms (sometimes 60) at a time! It's about the lift accessed back-country where you can find fresh lines a week after a dump (which has only happened once this season, because it has been snowing so much). And it's about the locals scene (who hang out in Cumberland on a Friday or Saturday night, not at the resort). So if you come here just to eat lodge food and talk to the management, you may not have the best time ever. If you want to come here and ski deep snow on a super deep snowpack a mile above the ocean surrounded by huge mountain ranges and glaciers, then you will really enjoy yourself. On second thought, I kind of like the fact that there are no lift lines mid-week, so maybe don't bother visiting.