Summer comes early at Mt. Washington

Bike Park set to open July 6

High spring temperatures hit the alpine of Vancouver Island, leaving only remnants of the winter season at Mt. Washington. While there are still some areas for snow play, the wildflowers are making their way up to the mountain, and the famous Vancouver Island marmots are regularly being spotted – summer has arrived at Mt. Washington!

With the fantastic weather that arrived with June, the Bike Park trails are now exposed, and some early-season Bike Park tuning has been underway.

“This year we fired up the machines early and have been busy reshaping and building new trails,” said Paula Moore, trail crew supervisor. “With the extra time Mother Nature has given us, it has been exciting to witness the improvements in the trail system including the completion of a new black diamond flow trail, Lower Time Warp, and an overhaul to both the Monster-to-Hawk connector trail and our beginner trail, Greenline.”

The resort further announced the reopening of the Monster Mile trail, which will be accessed off the Eagle Chair, weekends starting in early August.

“Monster Mile is a double black trail, its style reflects the origins of the Mt. Washington Bike Park and early downhill mountain biking,” said director of sports, Mike Manara. “The Monster Mile is a steep and challenging trail. It is known throughout the industry and was selected last year as the course for the B.C Provincial Cup Finals.”

Manara said a total of 13 trails would be open for riding July 6, including fun beginner trails and flowy intermediate trails.

It’s not all downhill biking at Mt. Washington this summer; the Eagle Express is spinning daily for Scenic Chairlift Rides, a unique experience that showcases the best vistas on Vancouver Island. Guests can take in unparalleled views of Strathcona Provincial Park and the deep-blue waters of the Salish Sea. With the recent release of the Vancouver Island marmots by the Marmot Recovery Foundation, there is also the unique opportunity to glimpse Canada’s most endangered mammals in their natural environment.

Further to hiking and sightseeing, Mt. Washington offers a range of family activities and mountain dining. Alpine activities include remarkable trail running options, high-flying bungee trampoline, a family games area, and mini and disc golf. There is also a playground for the kids and a new Alpine Courtyard – the ideal spot to enjoy a meal surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.

For more information on the early opening, festivals, events, and the full summer schedule visit mountwashington.ca.

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