Mount Washington’s Outback opens today. Photo by Jenn Dykstra

Mt. Washington Opens The Outback after a snowy start to 2018

Mt. Washington has received over 400 cm of snow in the alpine this season.

After a snowy start to 2018, the resort has announced the opening of The Outback, 400 acres of adventure ski terrain for advanced to expert skiers and snowboarders. The backside of the resort is a favourite area for powder-hounds. The bowl, with its north-facing aspect, does not get direct sunlight causing optimal light-powder conditions. The Outback is steep with some obstacles such as rocks, trees and cliff bands. Because of this the area requires more snow than the rest of the mountain to open.

George Trousdell, Director of Mountain Operations, says, “The snowpack is at a point now that we can start running the Boomerang chairlift and grooming the run-outs to make the area ready for our guests. It’s nice to have this area open because Mount Washington has a lot of good skiers and riders among our clientele who enjoy the steep and deep terrain of the Outback.”

Trousdell says the terrain in The Outback is in a north-facing bowl stretching from the ridge at Little Mount Washington to McKay Lake with an additional 40 acres in the new North Bowl adventure-ski terrain.

It’s not just good news for powder hounds; Mt. Washington is set to offer their second discounted program of the season for first-time skiers and snowboarders. Discovery Days run Jan. 15-26 and offers half off Mt. Washington’s signature Discovery package. This first-timer package is for all ages and includes a two-hour group lesson, gear rental, and Easy-Acres lift ticket.

“Our Discovery program is tailored specifically with the never-ever skier and snowboarder in mind,” says Mike Manara, Director of Sports and Guest Services at Mount Washington. “We make it easy for the guest to learn in a fun atmosphere and guarantee by the end of the lesson that they will go left, right and stop.”

Manara says, “It is the perfect time of year to learn something new, we have received great snow this month and the mountain operations team have put significant time into grooming our Easy-Acres beginner area for all the Discovery Days guests.”

Mt. Washington is now fully open in the alpine and has over 30kms of Nordic and 18kms of snowshoe trails available. The Tube Park is open daily with time slot reservations recommended.

For resort information, visit www.mountwashington.ca, call 250.338.1386, or toll-free 888.231.1499.

Just Posted

Victoria’s Spectrum Community School celebrates one year stigma-free

The school was the first in Victoria to align with the Stigma Free Society

West Shore residents hold forum to voice frustration with Goldstream Park homeless camp

Some 200 residents fill local pub pointing fingers, claiming crime on the rise, safety at risk

City stamps rezoning approval for Merridale Cidery expansion in Victoria

Owner expects doors open by fall 2019 in Dockside Green neighbourhood

North Island Tour De Rock rider Benjamin Leah leads team to Port Hardy

“You don’t have issues and problems when you look at these kids and how much they’re going through.”

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Victoria resident barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Most Read