Mount Washington Alpine Resort
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|Mount Washington Alpine Resort|
|Location||Vancouver Island, Canada|
|Nearest city||Courtenay, Comox|
|Vertical||507 metres (1,663 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,590 m (5,216 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,083 m (3,558 ft)|
|Longest run||Linton's Loop|
|Lift system||5 chair lifts|
3 surface tows
|Snowfall||10.5 m (34 ft)/year|
Mount Washington Alpine Resort is an alpine skiing ski resort located on Mount Washington on the eastern side of the Vancouver Island Ranges in British Columbia, Canada. The nearest communities are those in the Comox Valley, a 30-45 minute drive away. The provincial capital of Victoria, British Columbia is a 3–3.5 hour drive south.
The mountain allows for a wide variety of downhill terrain, ranging from beginner to expert. There are two terrain parks and additional facilities for snow-tubing. Mount Washington also manages 55 km of Nordic trails some of which are in the adjacent Strathcona Provincial Park.
During the summer months the lifts are open to sightseers and downhill mountain bikers. Much of the summer activity is focused in the nearby park, which draws thousands of tourists and backpackers each year.
On January 6, 2006, the resort opened the Boomerang, a state-of-the art continuous lift system that extends up one vertical face of the mountain and down the other, with a capacity of 1200 guests per hour. The Boomerang lift opened up 400 acres (1.6 km2) of additional advanced terrain for the mountain.
The resort averages over 10 m of snowfall annually, boasting one of the deepest snowpacks in Canada. Night skiing expanded during the 2007-08 winter season to include intermediate and expert terrain by lighting Coaster and the Mount Washington Terrain Park.
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