Early opening for Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Alpine Resort set for December 3

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 24, 2010 12:56 pm

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is pleased to announce that the mountain will open one week earlier than expected.  Friday, December 3rd marks the beginning of the 2010-11 winter season and Island skiers and boarders are absolutely stoked!

“People are chomping at the bit to get up the mountain right now,” says Resort Spokesperson Brent Curtain.  “With all of the La Nina hype over the last couple of months, skiers and boarders are running on hyper-drive to hit the snow!”

The weather discussions over the last two months have focused heavily on the La Nina weather phenomenon.  La Nina’s typically deliver cooler than expected temperatures and above average precipitation.  So far, La Nina has delivered on both accounts. 

“We established a solid snowbase earlier than normal over the last month and the forecasted snow at the end of the week will make our base even deeper for opening day,” Curtain explains.  The mountain is expecting more snow over the next few days with cooler temperatures dominating the long range forecasts.  “La Nina definitely appears to be making her mark.”

Mount Washington expects to have the entire frontside of the mountain, over 1200 skiable acres, ready for opening day.  The Sunrise, Eagle, Hawk, and Green Chairs will be lifting skiers and boarders into the alpine.  Nordic skiers can expect the same great early-season conditions as alpine enthusiasts on December 3rd.  Mount Washington’s Nordic Centre will have 21kms of track-set trails ready for skate and classic skiers and 6kms of snowshoe trails available for snow hikers.  The mountain’s popular Ozone Tubing Park will also swing into action for snow play and family fun next Friday.

If you’re looking for some new stuff at the mountain for this season, you won’t be disappointed.  To take advantage of the all-natural fluff this winter, Mount Washington is opening an additional 100 acres of glades below the Little Washington peak on the west side of the mountain.  The area is called the Gold Rush Glades, in honour of the mountain’s mining history. 

The early opening announcement is obviously great news for the mountain and its skiers and boarders.  Even better is the timing of the resort’s 6ixPak sale, which offers early bird rates until November 30th.  As an added bonus, Mount Washington will give you a free day of skiing in April with every 6ixPak purchase.

“This is the perfect time to grab your 6ixPak at our discounted November rates,” explains Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations.  “They make the perfect Christmas gift and you can pick one up at any Thrifty Foods location or buy them online at mountwashington.ca.”

Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens for winter operations on Friday, December 3, 2010.  The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Island Express service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).  To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386.  Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam.

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