The Comox Valley is the place to be for the cultural eco-alpine enthusiast, featuring stunning views from the mountains that you won't want to miss. Enjoy world class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Mount Washington Alpine Resort as well as cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow tubing fun! There are also lots of cultural activities you can enjoy in this pristine natural environment from alpine music concerts to culinary events. Take in the panoramic views of the Comox Valley and mainland Coast Range, the masses of brilliant alpine wildflowers, and high mountain lakes and glaciers.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
The vast wilderness of Strathcona Provincial Park can also be accessed through Paradise Meadows on the way to Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Well-groomed trails and awe-inspiring views abound on Mount Washington. In the summer months the resort offers scenic chairlift rides to the summit where you can take in the breathtaking views of Mount Albert Edward and the Strait of Georgia. Other summer activities on the mountain include disc golf, bungee trampoline, mini golf, and special events including Wine, Beer, and Alpine Food Festivals and mountain bike competitions.
The resort is less than an hour drive from Courtenay, Comox or Cumberland and is famous for its 55 kilometers of cross country trails. Downhill skiers and snowboarders have their choice of numerous chairlifts, which include the Hawk high speed six pack lift, the backcountry-accessing Boomerang and the Eagle Express high speed quad, which whisks skiers and snowboarders to the mile-high summit in less than six minutes.
If you’re not an avid skier, you soon will be! Ask at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre about Comox Valley ski packages and avoid the line ups! You can get your lift pass and rental voucher ahead of time, and head straight to the express lane. Special ski packages are also available at Mount Washington as well as ski equipment rentals and skiing lessons from qualified Mount Washington ski instructors.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort is prepared to delight all types of alpine visitors. You'll find just about everything you need on the mountain including a restaurant, lounge, shops, equipment rentals, lessons and even a Kid's Zone. Other winter recreation activities include snowboarding camps and special snowboarding events at Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and guided back-country skiing. Adventure tour operators offer the thrill of heli-skiing trips into more remote areas.
Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area
Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area offers access to a vast network of hiking and mountain biking trails and direct access to the wild side of Strathcona Park. From here you can pursue two or three day hikes to Mount Becher, Mount Drabble, Indian Head Mountain and the Comox Glacier all within the park’s boundaries. Contact one of the Comox Valley outfitters or mountain guides to get all the details on routes, supplies, and safety or to arrange a guided adventure before heading into the backcountry.
When you’re ready to rewind after a day of skiing, snowboarding, or back trail hiking, it’s just a short drive to Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland where you can enjoy all the conveniences of a larger centre. Enjoy ocean view dining, book a relaxing massage, take in a movie or theatre production, or check out the Comox Valley music scene. Ask at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre for more information about special Mount Washington ski packages available at Courtenay hotels, resorts, motels and hostels.