Ndew Prinoth Snowcats prepare Mount Washington ski resort for its Dec. 9 opening.

Mount Washington sets Dec. 9 opening date

Mount Washington Alpine Resort will open Friday, Dec. 9, as scheduled, for the 2016-17 winter season.

The mountain has been hammered with over 120 cm of snow that started in November and has remained steady.

“We are very pleased to be opening next Friday with an excellent base and what should be very good conditions,” Director of Business Operations Don Sharpe said in a press release. “We have had back-to-back-to-back storms that have brought copious amounts of snow and our crews have been working hard to get the mountain ready and to finish up the improvements in the lodge.”

Along with the fresh deep snow comes interesting challenges to getting prepared.

“The past week has been awesome for setting up a good base and more snow is forecast with cooler temperatures for the rest of the week,” said Jessie Percival, Director of Ski Patrol and Snow Safety. “We now have incredible early season coverage and have a well-bonded base.”

However, Percival added a request, “The snow cats will be out on the slopes everyday now until we open so we would ask that guests refrain from going into the alpine while we prepare.” After opening the front side, Percival confirmed that, “the Boomerang Chair and the Outback terrain will take a bit more work to make it safe and will open a week later on Friday December 16.”

In addition to the Alpine downhill terrain opening on Dec. 9, the resort will also be opening the ever popular Tube Park and its Nordic area for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Sharpe said, “Guests can now be confident in making plans for their holidays and beyond.” Check mountwashington.ca, Facebook, or sign up online for the snow report for the latest information. For more information call the Resort at 250-338-1386.