Mountain Profile: Mount Washington

GO WHERE THE PROS GO

Canada’s national team athletes and experts tell you where they love to ski

This issue: Snowboard Canada’s strength and conditioning coach Matt Fisher on Mount Washington

Matt Fisher is the strength and conditioning coach for the national team snowboarders representing Canada in the slopestyle and half-pipe events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Check out his pre snowboarding stretches and post snowboarding injury prevention tips.  Matt spoke to Snow Sports Canada during a break from training for the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. Despite the fact that his work takes him to some of the best mountains in the world, Fisher’s favourite is still a mountain close to home, where he skied for the very first time on a grade 7 field trip.

“Mount Washington is the only mountain you can get to from Victoria without getting on a boat or a plane,” he laughs. It’s got a lot to offer though, whether you’re from the Island or further afield. “I love it because it’s so genuine. You don’t need to drive a fancy car or stay in a five star hotel to feel comfortable there. And there’s a really nice little sushi restaurant at the base of the mountain that serves sashimi better than anything I can get in the middle of Colorado.”

He also recalls the mountain’s reputation for huge snowfalls and diverse terrain. “It’s big enough to have some great runs and good variety, but not so enormous that you can get lost for days. And there’s so much snow most years – I was there with some athletes from eastern Canada, and they were all taking pictures of the snow because they said they’d never seen so much snow other than in Japan.”

Quick Facts about Mount Washington:

  • Located near the Comox Valley, 100 km north of Nanaimo and 350 km north of Victoria.
  • Average annual snowfall of 10.5 metres (34 feet)
  • 1,700 acres of skiable terrain – 14% beginner, 35% intermediate and 51% expert /advanced runs
  • 55km (30 miles) of machine groomed cross-country trails and 22 kms of snowshoe trails, meandering through the resort and scenic parklands.
  • 360 degree alpine to Pacific Ocean ocean views
    • 5 chairlifts including the Boomerang, a high-speed, double-offload chair which serves two separate sides of the mountain
    • Two terrain parks
    • On-mountain ski-in, ski-out accommodation options
    • For more information, go to http://www.mountwashington.ca