Mt. Washington Resort is a full-service ski hill near the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. It offers skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities.
While the resort is well known for its winter sports it’s also open in the summer for mountain biking, ziplining and more.
Mount Washington Ski Resort
Mt. Washington is not located in Victoria. Far from it in fact. It’s actually about 245 km, or a 3-hour drive, from downtown Victoria. The ski hill is Vancouver Island’s main ski resort though, so the hill that Victorians ski at when they want to ski (unless they want to take a ferry ride and drive to Vancouver Ski Hills in the Lower Mainland).
The ski hill is a family-friendly resort with a wide range of terrain options and smaller lifts for the less advanced.
The resort offers a selection of activities in every season. It is most popular in the winter time for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The place also offers a tube park during the winter season.
About the Ski Hill
Mount Washington is located just over 30 km (or a 35-minute drive) from Courtney, BC. Courtney is right beside Comox in the Comox Valley. The two communities are about halfway up Vancouver Island and 110 km northwest of Nanaimo.
The ski resort features around 1,700 acres of skiable terrain and over 500 metres of vertical drop. Typically the mountain receives a lot of snow in the winter, with an average of over 11 metres (or 36 feet) per season.
There are about 80 ski and snowboard runs at the resort. Also on the mountain are 2 terrain parks (although reviews state that these are often closed). 10 chairlifts service the resort’s trails.
Over half of the ski hill’s alpine runs are labeled as Advanced. Around 14% of the mountain’s runs are Beginner, 35% are rated Intermediate and 51% are Advanced.
In addition to the resort’s downhill skiing and snowboarding facilities, the place also offers a selection of other winter activities. Popular winter sports at the resort include Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and fat biking (the last of which involves off-road bicycles with extra big tires).
The resort’s Nordic area includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. In total, the resort offers 55 kilometres of trails for cross-country skiing and 22 kilometres for snowshoeing.
Fat biking is a unique activity offered at Mount Washington within the Nordic area. Guests can rent bikes with special large, flat tires that can travel over the resort’s 15 kilometres of snowy trails.
Admission at Mount Washington
Ticket prices at Mount Washington vary depending on the time of season. Prices listed below are current on the website as of December 14th, 2020. Taxes are extra.
Skiing or Snowboarding Rates
Full day ski/snowboard tickets cannot be purchased in person at the resort during the 2020/21 season because of COVID-19. As a result they must be purchased in advance online. Tickets can either be picked up at the window at the resort or mailed if purchased far enough in advance. Rates for the 2020/2021 ski season are listed below.
Early Season Full Day (December 12th to 16th)
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $69
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $59
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $59
- Children (ages 7-12) – $38
Peak Season Full Day (December 17th onward)
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $99
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $84
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $84
- Children (ages 7-12) – $54
Discounts are also available for students, military and young children (ages 6 or younger) although these rates are not available online. Tickets with these discounts can be purchased at the resort at the Guest Services kiosk.
Three sports take place in the Nordic area at Mount Washington. These activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.
Cross-country ski tickets can be purchased in person at the resort’s new outdoor ticket booth. Rates for the 2020/2021 cross-country ski season are listed below.
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $27
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $22
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $22
- Children (ages 7-12) – $16
Snowshoeing also takes place in the Nordic area of the ski hill. Costs for a trail pass including snowshoe rentals are listed below.
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $30
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $30
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $30
- Children (ages 7-12) – $16
- Tot (ages 6 and under) – $6
Rates for trail tickets for fat biking during the 2020/2021 season are listed below. Trail tickets do not include bike rentals, which can be rented for two hours for an extra $35 or so.
- Adults (ages 19-64) – $11
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $11
- Youth (ages 13-18) – $11
- Children (ages 7-12) – $5
- Tot (ages 6 and under) – FREE
Tube Park Rates
Tickets for the Mt. Washington tube park are sold in time slots. Each ticket is valid at the start of the hour for when it is purchased. One hour of tubing costs $15 for children (ages 2 to 12) and $19 for everyone else.
For more information visit the Mt. Washington Ski Resort website.
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