Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mount Washington Opens Friday

Mount Washington Opens Dec. 19/08

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, winter arrived with a vengeance on Vancouver Island and skiers and boarders couldn’t be happier. After receiving two significant snowfalls in the last few days, Mount Washington will open alpine and nordic terrain, plus the resort’s popular Ozone Tubing Park this Friday, December 19th.

With more snow on the way, resort officials are waiting until later in the week to announce specific terrain openings. Skier and boarders alike are being encouraged to check out both the online snow report and the resort’s snow cams for the latest conditions at mountwashington.ca.

It’s definitely time to get amped for the start of the snow season on
Vancouver Island! Opening day alpine ticket rates for Friday, December 19th will be $30.

“Cool temperatures with periodic snowfall are going to prevail right up to the beginning of the Christmas holidays,” explains resort spokesperson Brent Curtain. “We’re predicting a limited terrain opening at this point for Friday, but we’re confident that more terrain will open quickly after each successive snowfall.”

As of December 15th the mountain received 50 centimetres of new snow, which is halfway to the one metre mark the resort would like to see in order to open the majority of its front side terrain. However, the current snow base offers plenty of coverage for the nordic and beginner to intermediate alpine areas. The promising forecast should bring the snow needed to trigger the opening of additional alpine runs over the next couple of weeks.

The news about the good weather is followed closely by the recent announcement regarding another international team training at the resort. After hosting delegates from France’s Ski Federation two weeks ago, Mount Washington received confirmation that the French Snowboard Race, Freestyle Skiing, Cross-Country, and Biathlon teams will be training on-mountain in the weeks leading up to 2010.

The resort has positioned itself as key training site for a number of the world’s top teams in their respective disciplines. These include the Swedish XC, Biathlon, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding teams, the Canadian, Swiss, and US Snowboarding Race teams, and the German and US Biathlon teams.

“We’re building on the success of attracting other countries,” says Director of Business Services Don Sharpe. “We’re excited that another large international team has made the decision to train here.”

If you can’t make it to the mountain during daylight hours, you can carve up some turns Friday evening while helping out the Courtenay Foodbank. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the ticket window in exchange for a night ticket between
4:30pm and 9:00pm this Friday evening. Get in the spirit of giving this holiday season and enjoy some evening turns on Mount Washington at the same time!

Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens Friday, December 19th. The resort is located 30 minutes above the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines 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 338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam


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