Skiing in British Columbia - Vancouver Island Skiing

Skiing in British Columbia - Vancouver Island Skiing

Skiing on Vancouver Island, BC

[Mt. Cain] [Mt. Washington]

Mt. Cain Ski Resort:

Situated on the north end of Vancouver Island, Mount Cain offers a unique experience for skiers, snowboarders and backcountry explorers. Only a short drive (roughly two hours) from the north end of the island or Courtenay and Campbell River area, Mt. Cain is ideal for families and snow enthusiasts of all skill levels.

At Mount Cain you'll find untouched powder that has built up over the week, virtually no line-ups for lifts and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of a family oriented mountain. Mt. Cain is located in a regional park and is run by a non-profit society, the Mt. Cain Alpine Park Society. It is Vancouver Island's only community owned and operated ski and snowboard facility. The hill offers a day lodge, new on-hill accommodation, ski and board school, and a wonderful restaurant.

Before Christmas the mountain is open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After Christmas the mountain is open Saturday, Sunday and on those Mondays when school groups are scheduled. On Mondays, only the lower t-bar and handle tow will be in operation and half day rates will be charged all day (a real bargain!). Visitors should call the Snow Line ahead of time to confirm Monday openings.

Season: December to April
Annual Snowfall: 400 cm (156 in)
Vertical Rise: 460 m (1500 ft)
Elevations: base - 1200 m (3900 ft) peak - 1650 m (5400 ft)
# of Runs: 18
Lifts: 1 handle tow, 2 t-bars

Contact: Mt Cain Alpine Park Society
Box 1225, Port McNeill BC, Canada
V0N 2R0
Phone 1 888 668 6622
Fax (250) 956 3232
Snow phone (250) 949-7669

Mt. Washington Resort:

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located 32 km (20 miles) northwest of Courtenay on Vancouver Island (90 minutes from Nanaimo and 3 hours north from Victoria). With the new Inland Island Highway, it is faster than ever to drive here and it is paved all the way to the top! The hill offers 1200 skiable acres in the alpine and 55 km of cross-country ski trails as well as snowboard facilities, a day lodge, rental shops, a ski-school, day-care, grocery and liquor stores, laundry, bank machines, conference rooms and assorted pubs and restaurants. There are also various summer activities to enjoy including lift accessed downhill mountain biking, an extensive trail system for hiking or chair lift rides to scenic vantage points.

Season: December to April
Annual Snowfall: 860 cm (29 feet)
Vertical Rise: 505 m (1657 ft)
Elevations: peak - 1588 m (5215 ft)
base - 1175 m (3855 ft)
Alpine Lodge Elevation - 1175 m (3855 ft)
# of Runs: 50
Lifts: 1 high-speed six passenger chairlift, 1 high-speed quad, 1 fixed grip quad, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, 1 rope tow, 1 practice platter, 1 tube lift
25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced
Contact: Mt. Washington Ski Resort
Box 3069, Courtenay BC, Canada
V9N 5N3
phone (250) 338 1386 or
toll free 1 888 231 1499
(604) 657 3275(Vanc)
fax (250) 338 7295
snow phone (250) 338 1515
toll free snow phone 1 888 833 1515

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