Skiers and snowboarders are heading to Mount Washington for one final day on the slopes this Easter long weekend after declaring the 2020-2021 season a success.
“I think I came up around 40 times,” said Ian Parkinson from Comox.
“It’s good to see that people are still able to get outdoors and remain active with all the restrictions now because of COVID,” said another skier, Doug Trinnear.
About 800 centimetres of snow fell at the top of the mountain resulting in great conditions most of the winter but the season was mostly about staying safe and staying open.
“There are always a few folks who need an extra reminder but we saw a lot of really good community coming together to help us enforce policies and people reminding fellow skiers to put your mask on. Sometimes people forget and it happens but we saw a lot of good compliance,” said Resort Spokesperson Kayla Stockton.
In a week when one of North American’s biggest ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb, was shut down by health officials due to a rapid spread of COVID-19 in the area, officials and guests at Mount Washington say it’s the issues away from the ski runs that matter most.
“At Mount Washington, we don’t have a large village connected to our ski resort so when it comes to nightlife there isn’t a lot for people to do after skiing so I think that has helped a lot for us not to have any cases connected to the mountain,” added Stockton.
Monday, April 5 is the last day to strap your skis or board on and unlike every other closing weekend there will be no slush cup or dummy downhill this year.