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Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

89

Rank in
Region

15

Rank in
State

15

This resort is often compared with:

Lake Louise Ski Area
Whistler
Sun Peaks Resort
Best time for snow at
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Tuesday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Thursday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
1-2"
True Snow: 391" per year
Snow Quality Rank

75

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

25

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is ranked No. 25 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

16.1%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

30.3%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

10.6%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

25

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is ranked No. 25 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

75

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
25
score
71.5
Snow Quality
rank
75
score
60.1
Overall
rank
89
score
60.7

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1658 ft

5216 ft
Base Elevation: 3558 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

At Mt. Washington, B.C. 16.2% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 30% of winter months see 90 inches or more, and only 11% of months see less than 30 inches. This is top tier snow frequency, exceeded only by a handful of North American ski areas. The key risk to snow conditions is not drought but rain. This is a minor issue for the locals, who can sit out the wet weather and wait to ski the next week’s dump. It does, however, make planning a big trip involving air travel here more of a gamble. In terms of quality, storms at Mt. Washington can bring the cold stuff that makes for beautiful turns, or just as often, they can douse you with warmer snow that you weigh by the pound instead of measuring by the inch. Be prepared with the fattest, most rockered skis you can get for the latter conditions.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its ample snowfalls, Mt. Washington is often well covered by mid-December and rates to be in full operation by Christmas most of the time. The location on Vancouver Island is about as maritime as any ski area, and predominant exposure is southwest. Thus snow preservation is not the greatest. Mt. Washington is best skied midwinter or immediately after fresh snowfalls.