Mount Washington finishes snowy season with one big splash

Mount Washington Alpine Resort will wrap up a snowy 2011-12 winter season this Sunday

Mount Washington Alpine Resort will wrap up a snowy 2011-12 winter season this Sunday, April 22 after hosting the annual Crush Slush Cup.

“Its been another amazing year for snowfall,” explains mountain spokesperson Brent Curtain. “We’ve received over 14 metres of total snowfall since November which gives us our fourth snowiest season on record.”

In similar fashion to recent deep snow years, Mount Washington welcomed an earlier than expected start to the season in the first week of December. After receiving exceptional amounts of snow in late January and March, a week-long extension was added to the month of April.

“It’s hard to believe that three of our four deepest snow years have occurred in the last three years,” Curtain adds. “Mother Nature has definitely delivered the goods to skiers and boarders on Vancouver Island.”

Late season snow seekers will be treated to an entire mountain to ride over the last week of operation. Cross-country skiers will also have full use of the Raven Lodge and Nordic Centre right up to April 22. The fun-filled Ozone Snowtubing Park will also be open daily until closing day this Sunday.

And with a season-ending base of over five metres, the mountain has more than enough snow to build an awe-inspiring venue for this year’s Crush Slush Cup.

The Slush Cup features costumed participants who must ski, board, or occasionally slide down a slope and into a frozen pit of snow-filled water.