Mount Washington remains closed for skiing

Mount Washington remains closed for skiing

No snow yet for would-be Mount Washington skiers

Visitors have been hiking, tobogganing and even running at Mount Washington, but the alpine resort has yet to open the ski slopes.

Visitors have been hiking, tobogganing and even running at Mount Washington, but the alpine resort has yet to open the ski slopes this season.

Even the nordic trails are closed.

But there could be a silver lining on the horizon.

“We’ve had the most hopeful-looking forecast,” resort spokesperson Brent Curtain said Friday. “The five-day forecast is calling for some relatively significant snowfall amounts within the next few days. It seems to be more than just one system, maybe multiple. So fingers crossed.”

The base was 25 centimetres Friday, which was the same number still listed on the online snow report Monday. Opening day was scheduled for Dec. 6.

“If we get enough snow to open things up, we will,” Curtain said. “What we need is those regular systems we normally see in this part of the world.

“We are three weeks into a five-month season, so it is still relatively early,” he added. “We’ve given December a miss, but there’s still January through to April. I think we can joke in this situation: Better late than never.”

Mount Washington does not have a snow-making system, which their studies have shown to be a non-feasible project. Curtain notes the mountain typically experiences a slow start to the season every 10 to 15 years.

The Tube Park opened Boxing Day, which included a fireworks display at night.

Nordic skiing opened for a short period last weekend, but Curtain said conditions were not conducive for grooming due to a “melt-freeze.”

The Tube Park is open for all ages. It is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

For updates, visit www.mountwashington.ca or check the resort’s Facebook page.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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