An image taken from the Alpine Camera on Mount Washington on the afternoon of Dec. 13.

Mount Washington opening for winter season this weekend

The resort’s original opening day was delayed due to lack of snow

Delayed by more than a week from its original schedule, Mount Washington Alpine Resort has announced it’s officially opening for the season on Dec. 15.

The Whiskey Jack chair will whisk skiers and boarders three-quarters of the way up the mountain to — hopefully — three open runs including the blue that leads to the alpine lodge. The beginner area, Easy Acres, will be fully open. The tube park will also be ready on opening day.

“We’re waiting on snow for the rest of it, but we’re anticipating on being able to open more front-side terrain after a few systems hit us — which feels like it’s happening right now,” marketing manager Sheila Rivers said.

READ MORE: Mount Washington opening day delayed

Days before the original opening day of Dec. 7, the resort had only seen 10 cm of snow at the top of their runs. A minimum of three feet is usually required to open. By Dec. 14, the eve of the new opening day, there was 40 cm at the base after an overnight snowfall of 15 cm. And more snow is expected over the weekend.

“It’s hard to gauge, but we’re certainly expecting it to be busy,” Rivers said.

Visitors will be the first to try the resort’s new RFID technology for their gates and ticketing. The hands-free lift access — like tapping a debit card, Rivers said — eliminates ticket scanning and allows visitors to load up their tickets online. No more ticket lines required.

For the second year in a row, the resort is also offering their free Discovery Days packages. For people who have never skied or snowboarded before, anyone 13 years old and up can take advantage of their free lesson packages including free rentals and lift tickets.

Last year, the first Discovery Days drew 1,000 people to the mountain and converted 400 of them into season pass holders (the equivalent of at least 10 days of resort snow activities).

Discovery Days will be held from Dec. 15 to 21 for those who pre-register online at mountwashington.ca.

READ MORE: RFID access comes to Mt. Washington


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Aboriginal Care Pharmacist helps Penelakut members achieve control over their own health

Jesse Inkster is passionate about helping people to understand their medications

Business notes: New public art gallery will bring economic benefits to Cowichan Valley

“The Valley will have a precious intellectual and cultural treasure that will enrich us”

Chemainus Theatre offers fall fun with ‘Lumberjacks in Love’

Are you ready for a musical called Lumberjacks in Love? Join the crowd for a fun night out

Roe leads Cowichan contingent at lacrosse Worlds

Defender locks up NLL deal after helping England to fourth

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Electric cello, stolen from vehicle in Williams Lake, returned to U.S. owner

Rita Rice of Texas said she and her husband had given up hope of ever seeing it again

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

Most Read