Ski resorts around B.C. have been plagued by low snowfall, and this has particularly been the case for Mount Washington.
With the arrival of the first week of January 2014, Mount Washington has still yet to open its slopes for the ski season due to a 50-year snowfall low.
The Vancouver Island ski resort is 3-hour drive north of Victoria and has a base elevation of 1,083 metres and top elevation of 1,590 metres. It has 60 runs and sees an average of over 10-metres of snowfall per year.
To compensate for the loss in slope time, Mount Washington is offering its season pass holders the ability to ski and snowboard at Whistler Blackcomb for free from January 6 to 31, 2014.
It is still not known whether Mount Washington will be able to open for the ski season. It currently has a snow base of just 25 centimetres which greatly contrasts to Whistler Blackcomb’s base of 111 centimetres and the 24 centimetres in accumulation recorded over the last 48 hours alone.
Here are the nitty gritty details for the rare offering:
Who gets the deal?
- Applies to 2013-14 Mount Washington Gold, Alpine, Midweek and Student seasons passes only
- Midweek passholders get the deal from January 6 – 31, weekends included
- Does not apply to Mount Washington Volunteer or Staff passes
- Deal does not apply to pre-purchased 6Paks, multi or single day tickets
What do you receive?
- All eligible Mount Washington passholders are entitiled to receive one Whistler Blackcomb day ticket per person when they show up at a Whistler Blackcomb ticket location between January 6 to 31, 2014
- Mount Washington passholders must show their current 2013.14 winter season pass to receive a day ticket. This process must be followed for each day the Mount Washington passholder wishes to ski/board
- No multi day tickets will be issued by Whistler Blackcomb as part of the deal, single day tickets only
- You will be requested to attach the day ticket to your jacket at the Whistler Blackcomb ticket window location with your seasons pass
How long does the deal last?
- The free ticket deal lasts until January 31, 2014 or until Mount Washington opens enough terrain for a full-price lift ticket, whichever comes first.
- If Mount Washington opens before the end of January with a full price ticket, the deal at Whistler Blackcomb ends (with a three-day grace period)
What else do you need to know?
- Mount Washington passholders will need their current 2013.14 winter season pass plus a seperate piece of photo ID. additional paperwork required by Whistler Blackcomb will be needed
Source: Mount Washington | Image: Whistler Blackcomb / Shutterstock