It really is amazing how quickly summer disappears. In a matter of blinks, the leaves are starting to turn and evening walks are much cooler than they were just a week ago. Guess what? Winter is coming and that means season passes are on sale at Mount Washington.
“Our Early Bird Season Pass campaign is in full swing,” states season pass coordinator Maureen Thomson. “Now is the time buy and save up to 20 per cent off regular season rates.”
Mount Washington’s early bird rates last until Sept. 30. Rates increase to regular season pricing on Oct. 1.
When compared to buying day tickets each time you head up the mountain, a season pass offers unbeatable value. The break-even for an alpine pass (full season, seven days a week) is 14 days. For midweek passholders, the break-even is a mere seven days.
“You get a sense of freedom with a season pass,” explains mountain spokesperson Brent Curtain. “You can come up when you want and leave when you want versus the sense of urgency you sometimes get while skiing on a day ticket. It really does create a better sense of well-being during the winter months.”
How do you beat the winter blahs and get that better sense of well being? To start, more time on the mountain keeps you fit and active, plus it can increase your daily dose of vitamin D. Over the course of an Island winter, the weather up in the mountains is statistically sunnier than many long, dreary winter days along the coast.
“There were long stretches of sunny days last winter when Mount Washington was above the clouds and basking in sunshine when compared to the rest of the Island,” Curtain adds.
Mount Washington’s Season Pass options are varied and offer something for every type of snow slider. New this season is the Rookie Year. Rookie Year is a ground breaking all-inclusive season pass designed specifically for kids who are first-time skiers and boarders.
The Rookie provides kids with an unlimited season pass, unlimited ski or snowboard rentals, plus unlimited afternoon group lessons in Mountain Kids all season long. Children 12 years of age or younger who have never skied or snowboarded before qualify for the Rookie Year.
To purchase your pass, head to MyMW, the mountain’s online store, at mountwashington.ca. All online season pass purchases will be entered into a draw to win back the cost of the season pass for the 2013-14 winter season.
The mountain is also heading to various locations via the Season Pass Roadshow, including Courtenay on Sept. 20-21. For locations and more information, head to mountwashington.ca. You can also head up the mountain for some fresh air and visit the season pass office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
– Mount Washington Alpine Resort