Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens for skiing in July

Summer was supposed to be normal at Mount Washington Alpine Resort this year.

The Vancouver Island ski resort would open for the summer season on July 1 just like normal. But last winter was not normal, and this is definitely not a normal summer.

Summer was supposed to be normal at Mount Washington Alpine Resort this year.

Open on July 1 just like normal. Mile High chairlift rides and bike park opening just like normal. But last winter was not normal, and this is definitely not a normal summer.

For the first time in resort history, Mount Washington will open for skiing and boarding in July. This is not a typo, there will be skiing and boarding in July.

“It’s going to be a great winter this summer!” exclaims Don Sharpe, director of business operations at the resort.

“If we can’t open the bike park due to the snow depths on the mountain, then we’ll open up the mountain for skiing.”

And in similar fashion to last weekend’s skiing event, the mountain will operate the Eagle Express chairlift from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 1–3 for snow sliding. Tickets will be $25 per person.

The mountain will determine total lifts and trail openings closer to the Canada Day weekend.

On top of the summer sliding, the Thrifty Foods Family Fun Day also takes place on Friday, July 1. The event will feature activities and games for the kids, plus a Canada Day cake so make sure you’re decked out in your best red and white.

“Last winter was the deepest snow season in resort history and we realized early on that our summer operations will have to work off different parameters,” explains resort spokesperson Brent Curtain.

“So we’re adjusting our summer schedule to suit the amount of snow that’s still on the ground.”

Mount Washington’s summer operations still begin July 1 with the popular Mile High chairlift rides. Operating times are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The bike park, which is still covered in various depths of snow, is still on track for a recently adjusted July 15 opening date.

“Our crews are continuing to work on digging out the bike trails and we’ll know how many trails will open closer to July 15,” Sharpe said.