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Mount Washington officially opens for the year; snow base sits at 40cm

On Dec. 8, the Comox Valley resort kicked off its 2023/24 winter season
Current conditions Friday morning (Dec.8) at Mount Washington. Photo via Alpine Cam/Mount Washington

It’s one of the happiest days of the year for skiers, snowboarders and snow-sport enthusiasts, as Mount Washington Alpine Resort has officially opened for the year.

On Dec. 8, the Comox Valley resort kicked off its 2023/24 winter season with the Whiskey Jack Chair, spinning from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., offering access to mid-mountain terrain.

Two magic carpets will also be operating with access to beginner terrain, along with the Tube Park for snow-sliding.

At the Nordic Centre at Raven Lodge, cross-country trails will be open for both skate skiing and snowshoeing.

As of Friday morning, the snowbase sits at 40cm; the resort notes on its website that because of the cold weather, they were able to make snow and supplement the natural snowbase.

According to Environment Canada, a special weather statement is in effect for east Vancouver Island where higher elevations could be expected to receive up to 10 cm overnight and into early Saturday (Dec. 9 morning).

For more information on ski and snow conditions daily, visit

Erin Haluschak

About the Author: Erin Haluschak

Erin Haluschak is a journalist with the Comox Valley Record since 2008. She is also the editor of Trio Magazine...
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