Mount Washington is packed with Spring Breakers out enjoying conditions they’ve been waiting years for. Snowpack still deep as temperatures are forecast to soar into the mid teens this week.
The resort pumps millions of dollars into the Comox Valley’s economy, and employs over 6-hundred people. So as it prepares to wrap up its winter season, we headed up the hill to see how this year compares.
22 year old Xavier Lemaire is gripped by a love of snow, literally chasing winter around the world.
“Kind of come from Australia doing a winter there to do winter here,” says the Australian worker at Mount Washington, whose now in his sixth season here.
And his call for boarding an Australian plane is nearing. As the ski season on Mount Washington nears its end. There’s still over 400 centimetres of base at the top of the hill so with just days to go before the resort calls it a season and having cut a path through the high snow for the chairlift, the resort is running full speed ahead.
“Perfect Spring conditions. Absolutely perfect,” says one skier.
“It’s kind of the wrap up it’s the energy and excitement of finishing the season strong,” says Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s Don Sharpe.
After two consecutive season where snow was a near no show, officials say the winter of 2015-2016 has been enormous. Both in snowfall, requiring the chairlift’s path at the top of the mountain to be dug out, and in attendance.
“Our visitation has been really good,” says Sharpe. “It’s been really strong you know those last couple of years we tend to forget about we don’t want to see those anymore and this is how we want to be all the time.
“After last year of not much snow this year’s been super fun,” says Xavier Lemaire.
April 10th is scheduled as the last day of skiing for the season, when this region shifts into Spring and Summer sports and snow enthusiasts stow away their boards and skis…or board a plane for winter abroad. A nomadic lifestyle that suits Lemaire to a tee for now, while already looking forward to returning to this home away from home in eight months time.