2013-07-16 - Tube Park Movin' On Up!
Image: The Mount Washington Tube Park is moving to a new location beside the Alpine Lodge and will be expanding its operations this coming winter.
Rendering Credit: Joe Smith
With the summer season just underway, Mount Washington has already eyed up a winter expansion to its popular Easy Acres Learning Area and popular Tubing Park.
The Ozone Tubing Park will literally be packed up and moved over the next few months to an area being prepped beside the mountain's Alpine Lodge. The move allows Mount Washington to open an additional ski run at the old Ozone site which brings the total number of runs in Easy Acres to six.
“The benefits of the move are two fold,” explains Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations and Marketing. “Our Tubing Park will become more accessible for guests next winter and increase in size. The move then allows us to open up more terrain and an improved experience for beginner skiers and boarders using Easy Acres.”
The project, budgeted at close to $750,000, will be completed and ready for opening day this winter season. Preparation work for the new Tubing Park had already begun in earnest two years ago during the initial Easy Acres development. That development came in just shy of 3 million dollars and introduced skiers and boarders to four new Magic Carpet lifts and a complete overhaul to Mount Washington's beginner skiing and snowboarding product.
The new Tubing Park, located skiers left on the way down a run called The Big Easy, will bring a fifth Magic Carpet to the mountain and increase uphill tubing capacity from 250 to a whopping 2000 riders per hour. This translates into minimal wait times and increases the number of runs tubers can enjoy over the course of a two hour pass.
“Our new Tubing Park increases the value our guests receive significantly,” adds Sharpe. “On top of the increased capacity, tubers will now have five lanes of sliding to choose from versus three lanes at the old park. We will also have more variety in the types of sliding lanes available.”
Tubers will still be able to enjoy the classic straightforward, smooth downhill lanes they've grown to know and love. In addition to these, steeper lanes with more speed and lanes with rollers and whoop-dee-doos will added for thrills and excitement.
“We introduced more adventurous features last winter to some of the lanes and our tubers loved it.”
In addition to expanded terrain for Easy Acres and more lanes for tubers, the new development will improve overall accessibility around the Resort. Access to facilities, restaurants, rentals and retail is expected to improve significantly due to the Tubing Park's relocation.
For more information on Mount Washington's new Tubing Park or to see construction progress via the Lodge webcam, visit mountwashington.ca.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort . The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) or fly right into Comox Harbour via Harbour Air. To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-877-845-4499 toll free. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live webcams.
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Tube Park Movin' On Up!