Raincoast Slopes – The Ultimate Winter Wonderland
Winter is an underrated season on Vancouver Island. It’s damp, rainy, and quiet. Beach-goers and summer tourists are long gone, and seasonal businesses have closed their doors until spring. Snowbirds have arrived to wait out the cold, snowy Canadian winter, and locals have reunited with their rain boots and readjusted to the relaxing off-season pace of the island again.
What now? The island may have the most temperate climate in the great white north, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have snow bunnies. Anyone with a hankering for snow can head up to Mount Washington to take advantage of the ski slopes, located right in the middle of our temperate rainforest for comfort!
The Mount Washington Village is at the bustling centre of the Mount Washington experience. Not just for skiers and snowboarders, the Village draws outdoor enthusiasts for a variety of winter activities. Enjoy fresh mountain air and breathtaking views while exploring the landscape of Mount Washington, but still enjoy the heart and soul of the island – the ocean – which is just a stone’s throw away!
Love the idea of a picturesque, snowy getaway but hate the slopes? No problem. Mount Washington offers a variety of activities year-round that don’t require earmuffs. Visitors will find an incredible array of dining options, shopping, and other activities that can be enjoyed while gazing out at a winter wonderland.
For those eager to ski the slopes, the Mount Washington community is comprised of a wide range of outdoor-lovers who operate a variety of sports associations. Lessons, rentals, passes, and more are available through these fantastic organizations, who elegantly accommodate the snowy needs of over three hundred thousand visitors each year.
Though Mount Washington is open year-round, the winter months prove to be the mountains’ time to shine. With slopes and runs galore for downhill skiers and snowboarders, tree skiing, chutes, alpine bowls, terrain parks, and intermediate cruisers, Vancouver Island’s off-season is Mount Washington’s high season. For those looking for a more leisurely snow experience, Mount Washington is also home to one of North America’s finest cross country skiing destinations.
After a day on the slopes, unwind with a mug of hot cocoa in your suite at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort, only 1 hour from the ski hill. We can help you create the perfect family winter getaway, group skiing retreat, or a unique romantic getaway for two. Contact us to reserve your ski vacation!