Image: A snowcat's-eye view of work being done to prepare the resort for opening day.Photo Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Not only is Mount Washington opening a week earlier than originally scheduled this Friday, the mountain can also lay claim to Canada’s deepest snow pack before opening day.“We already had a substantial base of snow when we made the decision to open last week,” explains Business Operations Director Don Sharpe. “Since then, we’ve seen another metre of snow fall on the mountain. The conditions will be unbelievable this Friday.”Mount Washington’s current mid-mountain snow base measured 160 centimetres as of Tuesday afternoon, putting it at the top of the snow heap in Canada. The resort received a whopping 88 centimetres of new snow between Monday and Tuesday mornings.“We’re definitely seeing the positive effects of a La Nina influenced weather pattern so far this winter and we’re not even open yet,” remarks mountain spokesperson Brent Curtain.With cool temperatures and more snow in the forecast before opening day on Friday, the mountain is expecting ideal conditions for skier and boarders on December 3rd.“We’re opening the entire front side of the mountain on Friday,” says Curtain. “Plus we will have over 40 kilometres of trails open at our Nordic Centre which will include most of the trails in Strathcona Provincial Park. The Ozone Tubing Park will also begin regularly scheduled operations on December 3rd.” The mountain plans to open the Outback, the popular backside of the mountain, on Friday, December 10.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.