Mount Washington Ski Resort in the Comox Valley

Dated: March 22 2023

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Mt Washington Ski Resort: A Rich History of Skiing and Snowboarding in the Comox Valley

Early Days

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort was opened in 1979 by two Campbell River businessmen, Henry Norie and Alex Linton. The idea first started in 1975 when Linton—an avid skier and local businessmen from Campbell River—marvelled at the height and snowpack of Mt. Washington. Together with his friend, Norie, who had a helicopter, the two surveyed the mountain. Sixteen months later, they purchased the land from the forestry company Crown Zellerbach, and hired mountain resort planning company, Ecosign, to master-plan the resort, with construction beginning in 1977. Mt. Washington, like Whistler Blackcomb, was one of the first master-planned resorts for the province of British Columbia.[4]

In 1989, the founders sold their interests to George Stuart and a group of shareholders who invested into the resort by upgrading lifts, adding terrain and base area buildings, and investing in infrastructure and roads. 

 

Growth and Expansion

Over the years, Mt Washington Ski Resort has continued to grow and expand, with new lifts and runs being added to the mountain. In the early 1990s, the resort underwent a major renovation, with the construction of a new lodge, new lifts, and a new terrain park.

In 2005, the resort underwent another major expansion, with the opening of the Boomerang Chairlift, which provided access to some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain on the mountain. The following year, the resort opened the Sunrise Quad Chairlift, further expanding the mountain's ski and snowboarding options.

In 2015, Stuart’s group sold the resort and most of the developable land near the base area to a Canadian subsidiary of Pacific Group Resorts, Inc

 

Recent Years

In recent years, Mt Washington Ski Resort has continued to evolve and adapt to changing trends in winter sports. The resort has expanded its terrain park, added new ski and snowboarding programs, and invested in new technology to make skiing and snowboarding more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Today, Mt Washington Ski Resort is one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Canada, attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world. With over 1,700 acres of skiable terrain, 505 cm of average annual snowfall, and a variety of runs and terrain for all skill levels, it's no wonder that Mt Washington Ski Resort has become such a beloved part of the Comox Valley community.

Conclusion

Mt Washington Ski Resort has a rich history that spans more than 50 years, and its legacy continues to live on today. From its early days as a small ski hill to its current status as one of the top winter sports destinations in Canada, Mt Washington Ski Resort has played a vital role in promoting skiing and snowboarding in the Comox Valley and beyond. As the resort continues to evolve and grow, it's sure to remain a cherished part of the community for generations to come.

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David Procter

Dave is a life resident of the Comox Valley. With 45 years of experience selling homes he has assisted over 4,000 families in their moves. He is the Owner and Managing Broker of RE/MAX ocean pacific....

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