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Learn more about the folks behind Mt. Washington's magic.

Meet The Mount Washington Team

We've got grit, charm, and a whole lotta love. Our team of Mount Washington staff is a close-knit community of passionate, adventure-fueled, outdoor-loving, mountain folk. From your arrival here at the resort and throughout your time, to the stories you'll reminisce on for years to come, we're all here to ensure your mountain experience is positively memorable in more ways than one! Learn about our people and why we love working here in Vancouver Island's coastal playground. Eager to become a key part of it all? We're always hiring for a variety of job opportunities.

/ THE LEADERSHIP DIRECTORS:

Mike Manara

Director of Sport, Retail & Guest Services

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Departments: Snow School, Rentals & Demos, Retail, Nordic Center, Zip Tour, Bike Park, Events, Snow Hosts, & more!
Years at Mount Washington: 21
Years in the Ski Industry: 
28

Best Mount Washington Memory?

“ There are too many 20+cm days to count over a 20 year period! Building teams, executing projects and having a positive impact on people through sports is what I enjoy most ”

About Mike:

I'm Mike - I ski and ride my bike! I am stoked to be on the mountain and sharing it with my family and friends. My favourite part of the job is being outdoors and the people I get to work with.

How were you first introduced to skiing/snowboarding? My Dad and uncle took my brother and I to the local hill when I was 6, the rest is history.

Tim Defert

Director of Hospitality

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Departments: Food & Beverage, Public Services, Seasons Passes, Group Sales, Slopeside Accommodations, Call Center
Years at Mount Washington: 17
Years in the Hospitality industry: 
37

Favourite Part of Your Job?

“ The people, staff and guests and the location, nothing better than leaving the valley in the rain and breaking through the clouds into the sunshine on the mountain.  I love to provide great customer service and make people happy ”

About Tim:

Avid Fisherman, mountain biker, skier and all things outdoors. Married for 19 years with three wonderful daughters. Love to cook! Lived and worked at many resorts from fishing resorts, ski hills, golf resorts including overseas in a Caribbean resort but none better than right here!

How were you first introduced to skiing/snowboarding? School trip in 1984 (yes I am from the Class of '84, very George Orwellian).

Tina Pringle

Director of Finance & Administration

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Departments: Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources
Years at Mount Washington: 18

Best Mount Washington Memory?

“ The best memories I have is of watching my boys on the hill having a blast and picking them up from Snow school with big smiles on their faces after having an amazing day.  The snow pros are amazing, my kids really looked up to and admired their instructors ”
How were you first introduced to skiing/snowboarding? I was introduced to skiing by friends of our family back in 1978 on Forbidden Plateau. The next year we were skiing on Mt. Washington!

About Tina:

Prior to joining Mt. Washington in 2004 I studied to become a CMA and worked in public practice in Vancouver at one of the big 6 firms.  I really enjoyed that work and I can even say it was fun, but not half as much fun as it is to work and play at Mt. Washington!  I have loved returning to my home, the Comox Valley, slowing down a bit, turning my commute from bumper-to-bumper traffic into a lovely drive up a scenic mountain road. After spending many years raising 2 boys, I now have more time and have found my passion lies fitness and wellness. I spend my spare time instructing boot camps and yoga classes of all types.  I am a certified group fitness instructor and RYT500 in Therapeutic Yoga.

Dan Caley

Director of Maintenance & Facilities

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Departments: Maintenance of lifts, vehicles, electrical, facilities, water/waste-water utilities, & snow removal 
Years at Mount Washington: 29

Favourite Part of Your Job?

“ Those special moments that separate this from any other job in the world. Sneaking away for some turns on a bluebird windless morning with friends, seeing how pumped people are when we get the lifts opened on those snowmageddon mornings, seeing my 4-year-old starting the whole cycle all over again ”

About Dan:

I represent the classic ski bum success story - I fell in love with skiing and moved to the mountains to work, to ski for free and to "turn off" from the real hustle and bustle for a year. Once here, I immediately gave up skiing once I discovered snowboarding (because it's way better!) Instead of staying for 1 year, I've stayed for 29.

How were you first introduced to skiing/snowboarding? The ski bus from Victoria.

Layne Marrett

Director of Operations

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Departments: Lift Operations, Ski Patrol, Grooming, Transportation, Parking, Terrain Parks, Snowmaking
Years at Mount Washington: 4
Years in the Ski Industry: 
27

Best Part of Mount Washington?

“ Perfect dirt conditions in the Bike park with my family, and knee-deep first tracks in the mornings ”

About Layne:

Plaid-wearing, west coast gravity enthusiast who especially enjoys the uplifting experience of passenger ropeways. I love working in the mountains and selling clean renewable recreation.

/ FOR THE FUN OF IT ALL.

Marketing & Events Team:

Content creation, advertising, event execution, communications and sharing brand stoke... just a few projects we have up our Goretex sleeves on any given day! The Mount Washington marketing and events team is a small but mighty group of talented creatives with a common love for the outdoors and unique passions that run deeper than our 11 metre average annual snowfall. Find us online or out around the mountain sharing what makes this island paradise oh-so-special all year round. #myMW

Keen to collaborate? Get in touch!
Events & Partnerships: events@mountwashington.ca
Media Visits & PR: media@mountwashington.ca
Photo & Video Assets: content@mountwashington.ca 
Website & Email: webmaster@mountwashington.ca

Work at Mount Washington

Sponsor & Partnership
Opportunities

Events take a village, and we enjoy partnering with local businesses in our community in conjunction with the support of our wonderful corporate sponsors to make it all happen. Want to discuss an opportunity? Our team is excited about the prospect of working together to bring your mountain event ideas to life. Click to download the 2022/23 season partnership opportunities document with more information on events this upcoming season and how your brand can get involved.
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/ AFTER HOURS.

Grooming Fleet:

As the sun sets and day turns into night, our Grooming team begins laying out a fresh corduroy canvas to be enjoyed each morning. Get a glimpse into their perspective from the seat of a snowcat with the best mountain views around in this after-hours feature.

Ever curious about what's been groomed daily? Stay updated on the MW mobile app or Grooming web page.

/ SUSTAINABILITY.

Utilities, Facilities, Electrical:

Behind the scenes all around the mountain are talented team members keeping our machinery working and water flowing. Meet members of the Utilities, Facilities and Electrical team and see more of their projects from the inner workings of Mount Washington Alpine Resort in this sustainability report from spring 2021.

Want to learn more? View the 2021 update on our Sustainability web page.

/ STAY TUNED FOR MORE INSIGHTS ON THE MOUNT WASHINGTON TEAM.

Work at Mount Washington

Work Here With Us:
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Mount Washington Alpine Resort is an equal opportunity employer and encourages those of all backgrounds and abilities to inquire about available job roles. Already a team member interested in career advancement? We'd love to chat more! Have a look through advertised employment opportunities now on our job board.
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You Are Welcome Here

A Safe Place For Everyone:

Mount Washington has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.

Here at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, we aim to provide a friendly, safe and inclusive environment for all. Everybody deserves to feel welcome while enjoying outdoor recreation and all the experiences that come along with our mountain culture, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or other diverse backgrounds. 

The mountains don't discriminate, and neither do we. If you are a victim or witness to harassment, bullying, discrimination or intolerance of any kind, please inform a member of our staff immediately.
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/ LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort recognizes the deep history and cultural significance of our lands. We are grateful to work and play within the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation in the mountains of the Pentlatch, E'iksan, Sahtloot and Sasitla peoples.

A peace dance in the mountains was shared in the summer of 2020 by the Kumugwe Cultural Society. Through sharing the songs and dances of the K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, the Kumugwe Dancers are able to help facilitate respect and understanding within the local community and communities abroad. Watch the video now.
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