Mount Washington Community Supports Volunteer Ski Patrol
Tourism Mount Washington, with the support of the mountain's Food & Beverage team, sponsor the Mount Washington Home-Owners Annual BBQ, a great resort community networking event traditionally held over the Thanksgiving weekend. The proceeds of this event are collected and donated to an on-mountain organization that benefits the resort community and our visitors.
On behalf of the Tourism Mount Washington board of directors, our members & the resort community, this year a cheque for $928.50 was presented to the Mount Washington Ski Patrol Association, an organization made up of 145+ active volunteer duty patrollers supported by auxiliary members. The Mount Washington Volly Ski Patrol is a dedicated and passionate team working alongside the mountains pro patrollers; they have been "haulin' the fallen since 1980".
Busy January on Mount Washington
With heavy snowfall through December pushing the ski hill base to just under 5 metres, January started off fresh and sunny. There have been lots of events to keep visitors and locals busy while skiing and staying on Mount Washington. Early in the month there was Winterfest with 50% off alpine lift tickets and Nordic trail passes all week. Last week was Learn to Ski & Snowboard Week, a great opportunity for beginners to get started on the slopes with half price on Discover Learning Packages. Last weekend also featured the Rail Jam Competition and Avalanche Awareness Day. The sunshine has continued throughout these last few weeks, giving lots of people the opportunity to come up and stay on the mountain for some much needed winter "vitamin D". Heading into the week of January 21st, more snow is in the forecast to bring some fresh stuff to the slopes. And if you are up on this mountain this weekend, be sure to check out the Yeti Mountain Snowshoe Series and the Ski for MS. For full event details, go to our Winter Events
Mount Washington Opening November 30th for 2012/2013 Season
With recent storms bringing snow to Mount Washington, the resort has made the decision to open early for the unprecedented fourth season in a row! Lifts will start spinning on Friday morning at 9am sharp. Over the November 18th weekend, the mountain received over 80cms of snow. Continued snow this week keeps adding to the base so there should be good coverage for the opening - all adding up to a great start to the winter season! Actual lifts and runs to be opened will be determined after the next couple of storms. For now the snowcats are out preparing runs for opening as the snow continues to come down. So get your skis and boards waxed and we'll see you up there!
>> This coming weekend is the annual Christmas Parade
in downtown Courtenay as part of a weekend packed with activities in the Comox Valley. Come on out to 5th Street on Sunday afternoon at 2pm to see all the floats and keep an eye out for the Mount Washington and Tourism Mount Washington crews.
Homeowners BBQ & Pancake Breakfast make for a great weekend!
This past weekend was a busy one on the mountain with the Turkey Sale, Scenic Chairlift, and the annual Homeowners BBQ at Fat Teddy's Grill. The weekend festivities on the mountain were a huge success, with great turnouts for both the barbecue and the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Mountain Centre. All money raised will be donated to the Volunteer Ski Patrol.
Thank you to the staff at Mount Washington and Fat Teddy's for doing a great job hosting and feeding the large crowd. Also a big thank you to the Mountain Centre staff for opening the centre for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.
Tourism Mount Washington also launched the inaugeral Photo Contest at the Homeowners BBQ and we hope to make this an annual event. Thanks to all those who entered photos and had fun voting for the best, and congratulations to our people's choice winners: Cutest Kid - Brian Wikjord; Nordic Fun - Linda Marinus; Shovelling Out - Tyler Pond; Slopestyle - Tobin Leopkey; and Legendary Apres & Great Staff - Shazz & the F&B team
Also new this year was a Homeowners Pancake Breakfast at the V.I. Mountain Centre on Sunday, October 7th. Well over 100 people came, touring the Centre and keeping volunteers busy flipping hundreds of pancakes. We hope this will also become an annual event.
The whole weekend was a success with fantastic weather and good crowds all weekend. Mount Washington collected $1,000 in cash and a pallet of food stacked 6 feet high to give to the Comox Valley food bank which will be delivered to them on Wednesday. Great to see so many people turned out for a beautiful mountain weekend as we get ready to head into winter.
Mount Washington Freehold
Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Frehold conversion are now complete and the current Freehold Program has now closed.
Tourism Mount Washington extends a warm welcome to their new Freehold Members.
The process started in late 2010, when Mount Washington Ski Resort (MWSR) began determining the viability of converting existing sub-lease properties to freehold (fee simple) interest.
Freehold ownership is a valuable asset, and is anticipated to further appreciate as MWSR converts the remainder of the mountain from leasehold to freehold status.
If you missed the opportunity to apply for conversion to Freehold and would like to express your interest in conversion from Sublease to Freehold in the future, please visit mountwashingtonfreehold.ca for updates as to when and how you can express your interest.
Member Survey RE: Closure of the Village Access Trail into Paradise Meadows and Strathcona Park
Tourism Mount Washington have been asked on behalf of the resort community to appeal against the closure of the Village Access Trail to Paradise Meadows. An initial discussion has taken place with BC Parks but before Tourism Mount Washington proceed any further they would appreciate it if you would spare a couple of minutes to complete this survey which should give us a clear indication as to your reaction to the closure and your support of the proposed appeal.
Please click here to link to and complete the online survey