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The Memo - Weekly Update - March 31 - Guide to Adventure

March 31 Weekly Update

We're on the final countdown as this season comes to a close. It's the last MEMO of Winter - Your Guide to Adventures on Wednesday, March 31st.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is made great by our wonderful community of staff, volunteers, and guests who share a common love for outdoor recreation. Thank you for your cooperation to keep our season safe – we really can't say it enough! This week, we got to surprise some team members with awards of recognition for their hard work and resilience keeping the good times rolling throughout the months of our 2020/2021 season.

There are only five days left on snow as we wrap up Monday, April 5th. Get your beach wear ready for a final Tropical Weekend on the slopes - we want to see your best out there MW! On your last visit, get your skis and snowboards ready to hibernate until winter with a Spring Storage Tune at the Rossignol Demo Centre. And don't forget, you can get the lowest price on unlimited adventures for next year with a 2021/2022 Gold Season Pass – but the best deals end when this season ends.

Kudos for another great winter of adventures, Vancouver Island! We can't wait to get back to it, but before then, we'll see you this summer flying high in the skies and cruising berms on two wheels. Enjoy your last few turns, and thanks for tuning into The MEMO.

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Thank you to all who participated in our weekly photo contest this winter season! There is something very special about scrolling through all the #mymw posts and seeing different perspectives from everyone in our community. What an amazing year for snow, sunshine and smiles. It was a solid season - squeezing in a few extra days than our average winter! We look forward to seeing you up here again this summer for some hiking, biking, and ziplining! Until then, enjoy local explorations and support small businesses within your community. Best, MW
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Plan Ahead. Buy Online. Wear A Mask. Please Be Kind.

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Wear A Mask. Please Be Kind.

Please follow updated guidelines for safe recreation as recommended by BC Provincial Health. A face covering must be worn from the time you exit your vehicle and throughout your experience. As a guest, it is your responsibility to know what to expect, and to comply with resort policies. Those not following protocols will be asked to leave. Let's keep our season safe, together.
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The Memo - Weekly Update - March 17 - Guide to Adventure

March 24 Weekly Update

What happens after hours? Follow behind-the-scenes through the lens of our snowcat operators. Plus, catch up with the Mt. Washington Ski Club. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure Wednesday, March 17th.

Sleep all day, groom all night with the best office views around. Snowcat operators are out there preparing perfectly groomed lines while your head is on the pillow dreaming of the morning's adventure. This week, get a behind-the-scenes look at the mountain through their lens.

This year has of course been a little different for everyone including the Mt. Washington Ski Race Club, but their good spirits and strong community remain. Hear from a local club parent on what the wonderful experience means for their family of athletes.

Closing day is coming up Monday, April 5th! Get your gear ready to hibernate until next winter with a Spring Storage Tune. Stop by the Rossignol Demo Centre when you're on your last day of the season. It should only take as long as your après break.

Enjoy your winter adventures this week, they'll be over before you know it.

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The Memo - Weekly Update - March 17 - Guide to Adventure

March 17 Weekly Update

Catch up with General Manager Dean Prentice sharing some exciting news, and hear from our Pass Holder's on the best part of their season so far. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure Wednesday, March 17th.

To our Mount Washington community with appreciation and anticipation,

What a season this has been.  It started with no one really knowing what to expect in a pandemic impacted environment.  We made the required accommodations for social distancing and mask-wearing, and we allowed season pass deferrals just in case, and then we waited…
 
What we got was cold temperatures in December that allowed us to open on-time with snowmaking, and then phenomenal snowfall for the rest of the winter!  As we had hoped, this winter provided the outdoor reprieve so many of us longed for after months of being stuck at home, and it gave us the opportunity to enjoy the crisp alpine air and this great mountain.  We are glad so many of you were able to make it up to the mountain so often.
 
Another thing that struck me this winter was seeing the pure dedication of our team members as they worked hard to provide you with the opportunity to get together on the slopes with family and friends.  Special acknowledgements to our team for all their hard work. Every staff member plays an integral role in providing this outlet for us all to fill our cups with happiness and well-being.
 
We could not have reached this point of such success this winter without the commitment from our staff and from you, our guests, who all helped to keep our season safe.  Our Vancouver Island community has such a special bond. The outcomes of this season further prove that together, we can (quite literally) move mountains.
 
Having the opportunity to get out on my skis this winter to experience our spectacular natural environment has been so needed, and I think it is safe to say our community has also very much appreciated rejuvenating safely here in the mountains.  On behalf of our Mount Washington family, I would like to thank you from the bottom my heart for your resilience and adaptability in following new protocols around the resort.  I know it has not always been easy. Thank you for being kind to each other out there, and for keeping the good times rolling – after all, that is what we’re here for.
 
I have some great news to share with you all. As a special thank you, for the first time next year’s season passes will be available this spring at a deeply discounted rate.  Starting this Friday afternoon, March 19th, all types of Season Passes for winter 2021-2022 will be on sale at up to 30% off the in-season rates.  You will be able to simply reload your pass from this year, or you can join the club for unlimited access and the best perks by purchasing a new Adult Gold Pass for only $799, because you’ll definitely want to ride this wave of savings right into next winter!
 
This special deal ends when this season ends on April 5th.  So, get in on it because we want to make sure you receive the best price on the best thing about winter – a season of adventures at Mt. Washington.
 
And, thank you, Vancouver Island. For your support, good spirits, and passion for our mountains. I will see you around the slopes.

Sincerely,

Dean Prentice
General Manager 

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The Memo - Weekly Update - March 10 - Guide to Adventure

March 10 Weekly Update

Vancouver Island - home to some of the most beautiful old-growth forests, rugged snow-capped peaks, stunning shorelines, and currently living up to our reputation as one of the greatest snowbases in Western Canada. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, March 10th.

This weekend's coastal storm arrived in full force, burying cars, chalet entrances, and even a few skis that will be patiently waiting for spring's melt. Check out the epic footage with lots of smiling eyes and snow-covered faces.

As we approach March Break - we know you are well aware of protocols in place this season around the resort. But, as a refresher please remember to plan before you arrive, buy online in advance, and prepare for a busy resort over the holiday. Starting March 15th, the Whiskey Jack chair will be spinning everyday right till the end of the season! Speaking of - if you don't already know, the last day of winter operations will be Monday, April 5th, 2021. Where on earth has this season gone? (It's probably hidden under the +100CM's we got over the weekend).

The sun will be granting us an extra hour of playtime starting this weekend with Daylight Savings approaching - spend more of your day outside by ordering food-on-the-go whenever hunger strikes, with convenient take-out options available on the Mount Washington mobile app.

Thank you for continuing to keep our season safe by practicing social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitizing often. Also - if you are choosing to ski, please choose not to gather outside of your household. We are on the home-stretch and we are so grateful for a full season, thanks to your work helping our community stay safe.


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The Memo - Weekly Update - March 3 - Guide to Adventure

March 3 Weekly Update

Gain behind-the-scenes insights from our Pro Patrollers on how their team works hard to keep you all safe, and find out how we're finishing off the last five Fridays of the season in style. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, March 3

You asked for it, and we're bringing 'em back! Get sorting through your tickle-trunks to prepare for dress-up theme days coming in hot the last five Fridays of the season. This week March 5th is jersey day so have some fun representing your favourite sports team out on the hill. See more details on the events calendar for what's coming up next!

Today Mother Nature sent some surprise snow our way, and the forecast looks to be promising plenty more. However, with warmer weather approaching we want to remind you to please keep all public health orders top of mind and resist the urge to gather for your typical spring-après session with anyone not apart of your household. Maintain physical distance, keep wearing your masks, and sanitize often. Thanks for doing your part to keep our season safe! Speaking of safety, the work of our Pro Patrollers is at the heart of our mountain operations and although this season presented some new challenges, it's nothing our team of professionals can't handle.

Don't forget to include hashtag #TopPeakMountWashington in your Instagram and Twitter shares! You can vote for us online and have some fun participating in the weekly challenges. Each video share earns us another 5 points toward the goal of donating $50,000 to our friends at the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports. Let's go Vancouver Island! We got this. Enjoy your adventures this coming week, wherever they lead you.

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The Memo - Weekly Update - February 24 - Guide to Adventure

February 24 Weekly Update

Have you shared your Slalom Shuffle? Get to dancing! It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, February 17.

Have you heard? We're rallying our community to come together, digitally, as Mount Washington competes for a chance to win Top Peak and a whopping cash prize donation of $50,000 to support the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS)! There are plenty of ways you can get involved to help us earn points, and a good place to start is by sharing to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TopPeakMountWashington. Tune in to our social media channels to learn more as the challenges continue over the next few weeks. We know our Vancouver Island community has what it takes to help us make it happen and earn the title of Canada's Top Peak community. Get to dancing!

The VISAS team does incredible work making access to the mountains inclusive for all abilities to experience. In this episode of The MEMO, you'll hear more from team member Sebastien Braconnier all about what the Adaptive Program offers to its many participants here in our island paradise. You can also find more information on the Adaptive Program here.

Don't forget to include hashtag #TopPeakMountWashington in anything you share to Instagram or Twitter and spread the word to your network, vote for us online, and have some fun getting silly participating in the weekly challenges. Each share earns us 5 points! We can't wait to see your Slalom Shuffle. Enjoy your mountain adventures this coming week, wherever they lead you.

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The Memo - Weekly Update - February 17 - Guide to Adventure

February 17 Weekly Update

Exploring the snow pedalling on two wheels - fat wheels that is! Plus, Women's Week is coming up the first week of March. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, February 17.

Have you tried fat-biking out in our Nordic terrain? That climb sure is one way to earn your views! There are 8 fat bike-friendly trails including the new bike-specific track, Marmots Mess. Rent a Rocky Mountain fat bike or bring up your own winter-ready ride and cruise through our snowy wonderland on two wheels.

Calling all ladies! Our Women's Week is back March 1st through 5th offering a deeply discounted midweek lift ticket and lesson package, as well as a special Pass Holder lesson rate. You can sign up for just one day or participate in the entire week! Head out on the slopes with a small group of rad women of similar ski or snowboard abilities to you, learning new skills and building confidence alongside our Snow Pro Instructors - all while getting the very best deal. Don't miss out, go now to sign up for your spot.

The ViewTour Slopestyle is now live online! Watch our local athletes virtually compete for the top spot in each category. Judges are deliberating and People's Choice voting is also open every day until the overall winners are announced this coming Monday. Enjoy your adventures, wherever they lead you.

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Exploring the snow on two-wheels.
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Women's Week

Women's Week

Join us for deeply discounted ladies-only lessons March 1st-5th.
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The Memo - Weekly Update - February 10 - Guide to Adventure

February 10 Weekly Update

From our mountain family to yours, adventures are always better together, even from a distance. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, February 10.

We're so lucky to have this mountain oasis available to explore, and our Lift Operations team does so much behind the scenes to make the magic happen. The reality is, we're hiring! A lot of Lifties are needed to run the resort and keep the chairlifts spinning. There's plenty of season left to join our mountain family and take advantage of employee perks and fun times. Head to hr.mountwashington.ca to apply for a gig! We'd love to have you.

Also in this week's episode, check out what's new in the Terrain Park - have you hit the new Mini-Park off Frog Legs trail yet? Hear from our Park Crew with more on what's new and some safety tips to improve your ride. They've been keeping features in top shape lately for the View Tour Virtual Slopestyle competition on now. Registration and submission deadline is coming up this Sunday! Interested? Find out more and sign up here.

Snow is in the forecast and with this being a long weekend for BC Family Day, things are sure to be busy up here at Mt. Washington. Alpine Day Tickets, Rentals, Tube Park time slots, and more activities have limited space and will sell out quickly! Ensure you're booking experiences now ahead of time, arrive at the mountain early, and be prepared to follow all resort protocols during your visit. Maintain distance, mask up, and have fun - a little patience goes a long way. Enjoy the adventure, wherever you're headed.

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The Memo - Weekly Update - February 3 - Guide to Adventure

February 3 Weekly Update

The shortest month of the year sure isn't short on adventure. February started off serving up fresh dumps of snow, followed by sunshine and bluebird views. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, February 3.

Spring will be here before we know it! The days are already starting to feel longer with our 2020-2021 season now reaching the halfway point. This week, we're reminding you to arrive prepared and always have safety top of mind during your adventures. If you haven't recently, go to our safety page here to refresh yourself on potential risks and how to avoid them.

More daylight means more time to play, and we want to make things convenient for you to stay outdoors and get right back to your adventures. Did you know we offer take-out food orders on our mobile app from the Alpine Cafeteria and Raven Lodge? Here's how:
  1. Download the Mount Washington mobile app click here, and navigate to the Dining section in the bottom menu of the home screen. Or, click the green icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. View the Alpine Cafeteria & Take Out menu, then proceed to Order Online. Select from the options during open hours for Lunch, Dinner, or NEW Raven Lodge orders at Nordic.
  3. Browse the menu, and add items to your cart. During Night Skiing Friday to Sunday, you can even order 6-packs from Vancouver Island Brewing with valid ID to take back for après.
  4. When your cart is full, sign up for a Fan Food account and proceed to place your order. You'll receive a confirmation text or email, and can expect your order to be ready in 15-25 minutes.
  5. Head to the Snow Sports Entrance outside the Alpine Lodge, or outside of Raven Lodge main entrance at Nordic, and look for the pick-up location signs. One of our team members will meet you here to deliver your order. You might not even need to get out of your skis!
  6. When dining outside, we ask that you leave your environment as clean as you found it, disposing of all trash and recyclables properly. You are also welcome to bring your meal inside to an available picnic table downstairs, adhering to our indoor dining guidelines and 30-minute seating limit. Enjoy!
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The Memo - Weekly Update - January 27 - Guide to Adventure

January 27 Weekly Update

From gliding on flats through Strathcona Park to sliding rails in the Terrain Park, your one-way ticket to winter nirvana is right here. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, January 27.

This week we're checking in with our Nordic team down at Raven Lodge where local skinny-ski enthusiasts and snowshoers have been exploring our vast terrain under the vivid sunshine. It was a nice stretch of bluebird days, but with more fresh deliveries from Mother Nature expected to arrive all weekend, we can hardly contain our excitement. Get the right tools to tackle the alpine by reserving yourself a pair of powder skis from the Rossignol Demo Center. You can book the demo gear you want in advance online, and it will be ready to pick up and hit the slopes when you are - and if you love what you're riding, we have stock available to call your own. In this video you'll also hear from the mountains Freestyle Club, who we caught up with to get the rundown on their season so far. The future is looking bright up here at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, come enjoy your share of the new snow before it's too late.
 
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The Weekly Update - January 20

January 20 Weekly Update

Cruisy groomers, alpine to ocean views, and snow school insights. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, January 20.

In this episode of The Memo, meet some of our passionate snow school instructors and hear from guest Monty who is out to prove it's never too late to pick up a new sport, trying snowboarding for the first time with our Discovery Lesson Package. Plus, with more sunny days in the forecast, we're sharing tips to help improve your carving technique out on the groomers. Enjoy your Mount Washington adventures wherever they lead you, and please, mask up and maintain distance.
 
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The Weekly Update - January 14

January 14 Weekly Update

Fresh snow, bluebird days, and infinite mountain activities. It's The MEMO - Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Thursday, January 14.

2021 has delivered the goods with 101cm of snowfall so far in January, getting nearly all resort terrain open for your adventures. From the chutes in The Outback, to cruisy groomers, to the breathtaking trails in Strathcona Park - we see you all out there getting after it! Thanks for doing your part to keep our season safe. In this video, catch up on the action as well as a message from Dr. Adam Thompson, Mount Washington Season Pass Holder and Comox Valley COVID-19 Spokesperson for the Division of Family Practice.

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The Weekly Update - December 16

December 23 Weekly Update

This merry-and-bright holiday season looks a little different than years past, but our stunning alpine to ocean views and natural snow cannot be cancelled! It's Your Weekly Guide to Adventure on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Are you suffering from COVID-19 information overload? We all are. As the season get's into full-swing, it's still so important to refresh yourself on new protocols in place to keep you and everyone around you safe. Cooperation and patience is needed from anyone choosing to visit, so we can continue to stay open for outdoor adventures - which we all so desperately need! 
  • Face Masks: Mandatory everywhere at the resort from your vehicle to the chairlifts, to the lodges. Your mask should have several layers of fabric and be worn all the way over your nose. Mask up!
  • Physical Distancing: Use more than a ski-length to distance yourself from others. Have patience when merging into chairlift lines, wait your turn and pay close attention to your surroundings. 
  • Alpine Access: Reserve your tickets online before you arrive; tickets may sell out. No reservations for Pass Holders or 6ixPaks. See FAQ's online for more details on specialty and discounted tickets.
  • Nordic Access: XC and Snowshoe Trail Passes are purchased in-person at our new outdoor kiosk.
  • Rentals & Lessons: Reserve online before you arrive for both alpine and Nordic products.
  • Tube Park:  Reserve your tubing time online, and allow yourself plenty of time to arrive and collect passes at the Guest Services Kiosk before your snow-sliding fun begins. 
  • Dining: Come in to eat at off-peak times to avoid lineups at any of our dining locations. During Night Skiing, you can order take-out right from our mobile app to pick-up from the cafeteria.
Check out the short videos below for tips on How-To Book Online, and to refresh yourself further on expected Resort Protocols. Make a search here on our website for more helpful information on what to expect for all mountain experiences, and to make reservations before you arrive. Happiest of Holidays from everyone here at Mount Washington Alpine Resort! Stay safe, and stay local.
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The Weekly Update - December 16

December 16 Weekly Update

Fresh snow, more terrain opening, planning ahead for your visit, and what to expect over the holidays. It's Your Weekly Guide to Adventure from Wednesday, December 16th.

In the alpine, all Carpets are now open for lift access along with Eagle and Whiskey Jack Chairs. Tomorrow, The Hawk Chair reopens and by Saturday we aim to have Sunrise Chair spinning, as well as a few features available in the Upper Terrain Park. Alpine Lift Tickets are now available to reserve daily for the rest of the season, so please plan ahead and buy online - especially if you're planning a visit during the holidays. At Nordic, this recent snowfall has provided just what we need to open more terrain and we should have good news to share with you all come tomorrow so stay tuned. As always, updates and what to expect while visiting can be found here our website and on our mobile app. Where is adventure calling you to?
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Food On The Go | Mobile Orders

Adventures got you hungry? Place a takeout order online and conveniently pick-up right outside the Alpine Lodge during the day! Now available to place a mobile order every day from 10:45am - 2:00pm, as well as Friday to Sunday during Night Skiing from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. In the evenings, pick-up upstairs at the Alpine Cafeteria. Quick grab-and-go lunch, full specialty pizzas, 6-packs from Vancouver Island Brewing, family chicken dinners and more.
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Winter 2020-2021 FAQs

Need Help With Alpine Lift Tickets? Please Read!

Q. How can I be guaranteed lift access for the day I want to ski?
A) 
Alpine Tickets are now available to reserve online for the rest of the season and may sell out on holidays and weekends. We will not have full-day tickets to buy here at the resort, and half-days and specialty tickets will only be available at a kiosk if full-days have not already sold out. Reserve your days in advance, online. 6ixPak tickets do not require reservations. This doesn't include pre-arranged tickets such as 2-for-1 Passes from VIB, or non-date specific tickets.   Purchase Your Tickets & Learn More ->

Q. I've booked a day to ski, but I couldn't make it, or need to reschedule for a later date:
A.
If you need to cancel your reserved lift tickets, please call us or fill out a Contact Form to change to a day later in the season, but a specific visit date is required and ticket price must be brought up to that requested current day's rate if different. This can't be done online. Your patience is appreciated in hearing back from our team. 

Q. Buying a New Card and want to Reload for Next Time? Need Tickets for Multiple Days?
A.
You need to have your physical RFID card in-hand to reload tickets. Reserve your day on a new card, and pick up the card the morning you've planned to ski. If buying tickets for multiple days, reserve for one-day first and pick up your new card first. Then once you have the card, go ahead and reload more days online.

Q. Does my lesson or rental include a lift ticket?
A. 
No, you need to purchase your Alpine Lift Ticket separately from lessons and rentals. 

Q. How can I buy tickets for Night Skiing?
A.
Reload or purchase a new card online. Night Ski tickets will also be available at the kiosk, but it is encouraged to buy in advance before you arrive.  

Q. What about discounted tickets such as Student, Military, Buddy Passes, etc.?
A. 
Discounted tickets are only available in-person at a ticket kiosk if full-day tickets have not yet sold out online. We appreciate your understanding.   

Q. What is needed for Tots 6 & under?
A. 
Tots ski free, but please ensure you have tickets arranged for yourself before you arrive on  busy weekends and holidays. Visit a ticket kiosk to get your Tots free ticket/waiver. 

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