2011-09-14 - Easy Acres Improves Beginner Experience
Image: Easy Acres is the mountain's single largest development in the last few years.
Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Image: The Magic Carpet lift in action at another resort.
Credit: Magic Carpet Lifts Inc.
If you made a trip up to Mount Washington in the last few months, you probably noticed an array of heavy machinery moving earth and recontouring the slopes beside the Alpine Lodge. The mountain's learning terrain is going through a major redevelopment in advance of the fast-approaching winter.
“Our goal is to make the learning experience for beginner skiers and snowboarders one of the best in North America,” says Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations at the Resort. “We removed all of the old lifts in our Green Zone, replaced them with state of the art Magic Carpets and rebranded the area as Easy Acres.”
Mount Washington identified the learning area as a top priority for redevelopment a number of years ago. The total project, which includes extensive slope recontouring and the installation of four new Magic Carpets, has a budget of 3 million dollars.
Being dubbed as “one of the easiest places to learn to ski and snowboard in North America”, Easy Acres is off to a great start with the introduction of the four Magic Carpet conveyor lifts. Magic Carpets are just like moveable walkways you would see at an airport and are widely recognized as one of the best methods for moving beginner skiers and boarders up the slopes.
Mount Washington's carpets will be located on the mountain's new runs: Easy Street and The Big Easy. Easy Street will be the home of three carpets: lower (165 metres), middle (177 metres), and upper (198 metres). The Big Easy will be the home of Mount Washington's teaching carpet (91 metres).
“Our network of Magic Carpets will be one of the largest in North America and feature covered canopies to protect riders from the elements on their way up the mountain,” adds Sharpe.
The project, which was delayed at the beginning of the summer due to snow on the slopes, is back on track for completion in November. All of Mount Washington's new Magic Carpet lifts will be operating daily at the start of winter operations on Friday, December 9, 2011.
Don't forget that Season Passes are on sale now at Early Bird rates. If you purchase your pass before the September 30 deadline, you will receive up to 20 percent off regular season rates. An extensive lineup of passes are available; Gold, Student, Night, Nordic, Midweek, Super Senior, Snowshoe, there's something for everyone.
To find more information about Easy Acres, or to check out Mount Washington's Season Pass program, visit mountwashington.ca.
You can purchase your pass online, by phone toll-free at 1-888-231-1499, or by visiting the Season Pass crew at one of the many road shows across Vancouver Island- Nanaimo on September 16, Victoria on September 17-18, Campbell River on September 23, and Courtenay on September 24-25.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens for winter operations on Friday, December 9, 2011. The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Island Express service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam.
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Easy Acres Improves Beginner Experience