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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November 15, 2016
chico from Ski Canada Canada
Good to see all the different passes avaliable this year[mid week]etc...See you on the 9th.......
April 06, 2013
OTIS MUCKCHIP from Ski Canada Canada
Well now, they did it again, Another hell of a great attempt for Timmy the Washington snow prince. Finished the season off on east bullets. Did at least 3 twisters, one spread hawk back scratcher and a mut grab to 760, donkey kick. It was so sick people yelled from the chair "go home you Victorian idiot". Why do people from the valley have to be rude up here? I just want sick powder turns! "Said in a Australian accent". Anyways, lets hope the rumour about the gondola from Wolf lake next year is true. I will be the first to hot box it then pry the door open and super daffy ski out of it.
February 11, 2012
EI skier from Ski Canada Canada
You need to brush up on what you know about the mountain. Yes, it is a melt freeze hill they groom the mountain in two shifts a night. Melt/freeze takes two to three times as long to get an acceptable product hence less grooming on these nights. The beginner terrain is always groomed last in the morning and it would be great to have fresh grooming during the day but even though the snow has warmed and then refrozen during this time putting a groomer on the hill during operating hours is extremely dangerous. And above all being a coastal mountain is the best because of the varied snow conditions at anytime during the day. Why not talk to a groomer and get the real story on how they do their jobs and the challenges they face with constant changes in snow conditions and providing an enjoyable ski experience for all mountain users. I bet you'll be surprised at what you learn.
April 19, 2012
MtnGirl from Ski Canada Canada
Comparing Whistler to Mt Washington is ridiculous. I went to Whistler for the first time this year... it was absolutely amazing! Out of this world. They have about 7 x the amount of available terrain, and obviously much higher elevation. This is a world wide known mountain with tons of event and media coverage. Have any of you who are complaining stopped to think about how expensive it is to run a mountain? Clearly not. Whistler has way more resources to make the money, to pay the staff, to open on time, etc. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. If you've been skiing Wash for so long you'll know that, by April, no one is going but season's pass holders. Which means... no day pass sales... no income! They do what they can. The staff up there love the mountain, and they love sharing that experience with the people who are able to make it up there. It is absolutely insulting that people come on here and rant like they are being ripped off. Here's your other option: no local mountain. So quit your bitching or go away, because there isn't much choice, and I'd rather have a mountain then not. Oh, and to those people complaining about prices. Plan ahead, buy your tickets ahead of time and receive a notable discount on the cost. And if you fail to plan ahead... don't come on here bitching about the prices you paid because you didn't look for the most economical option in the first place. To Mount Washington and staff: Thank you for another amazing season! There was some insane weather, so much snow, absolutely sick powder days, and the backside was mind blowing. All the staff I talked to on the mountain were great, and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces next year! Have a good summer.... I'm already looking forward to next season. Thanks again :)
December 26, 2017
FRANCOISE from Ski Canada Canada
Excellent grooming job on the Nordic. A pleasure to ski both skate and cj. Classic dry.
March 15, 2011
Raptboarding from Ski Canada Canada
Not sure I agree with a lot of the negative stuff posted but I'm glad to see people expressing their opinions. And even though a business doesn't really want negative reviews it's that dialog that will help the mountain keep improving. For me I just love being there. I’ve been up about 20 times so far this season and if I didn't have to work it would have been a lot lot more. Maybe it's because I've just discovered the hill and how amazing boarding is but I've no complaints about our local mountain. When I think about the distance that people travel, (costs for that travel, airfare especially) but accommodation and meals too, I am enthralled with only being half an hour away. I’m content riding the front side while waiting for the Boom. Hopefully people will direct their feedback in person as has been suggested...maybe while waiting for the Boomerang to open :)!!!
February 16, 2013
Dad hunter from Ski Canada Canada
Well, there we were, right at the top of Stovepipe Chutes. Dirt took Timmy's Crack Traverse and I launched my fatties into Papas Pipe. This was earlier in December when it was already thrashed. We managed to sneak away unscathed. Dad's run has been so pounded lately I'm getting a little emotional. Leave the Dads alone! Go to Suns run if you can't really bust a nut on Dads glades. We'd really appreciate it. The Dad hunters! [note from the editor: some text removed for the sake of relevance]
April 08, 2013
powwow from Ski Canada Canada
What a surprise, passholders are squashed on managements' whim. No longer raking in the bucks on day tickets, screw our commitment to staying open, the forecast doesn't look good so we are closed. What a crock. Tomorrow, clear skies, 'corn snow, would have been a great day. Your lack of commitment to stay open is shallow and pathetic.
April 07, 2008
Sylvia Ruffstone from Ski Canada Canada
We have just finished our first ski season at Mt Washington and have to say, as a family, we had a fantastic season. How the staff can deal with all the snow is incredible. From the ski school to the lift handlers, they always had a smile on their faces. I do admit that the food services, in particular Fireweeds, do lack in food quality but the servers were always helpful. My family and I will be back again next year. We are also planning to visit the area this summer.
February 22, 2011
Close it all! from Ski Canada Canada
Has anyone noticed all the closed signs around the hill these days. Why, after so many years, has the hill gone from getting thinks open and running. To just putting up a closed sign. It's not La Nina, or even the weather, it's the lack of crew and planning. It's not just about the Boom, it's about the front side runs not even getting open on time. Something needs to be done and I think change in Patrol would be the first place to look. As a customer, if I have to see one more closed sign up and people not working to open it, them what is the point. [Editor's note: text edited to maintain relevance.]