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Encyclopedia > Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is an alpine skiing resort on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. The nearest community is the Comox Valley, a 3 - 3.5 hour drive North from the capital of Victoria, British Columbia. Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 5th 944,735... The Comox Valley is a region on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada that includes the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland, and the unincorporated settlements of Royston, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, Black Creek and Merville. ... The arms of Victoria. ...

The mountain allows for a wide variety of downhill terrain, ranging from beginner to expert. There are additionally facilities for snow tubing and a terrain park. There is also an extensive nordic trail system in nearby Strathcona Provincial Park. Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields, primarily Northern Europe and Canada. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...

During the summer months the lifts are open to sightseers and downhill mountain bikers. Much of the summer activity is focused in the nearby park, which draws thousands of tourists and backpackers each year. Downhill cycling (DH) is a gravity-assisted time trial mountain biking event. ...

The once flourishing mountain at one point faced the possibility of bankruptcy as there had not had enough snow to fully open for the last season, and preliminary weather for the 2005/2006 season was extremely poor.

On December 10th 2005 Mount Washington announced it did not have enough snow to open on schedule, making it the second consecutive year the mountain did not open as planned. These early fears, however, dissipated quickly after record amounts of snow fell on the mountain almost continuously for several weeks. On January 5th, 2006, the resort reported that it had a snow base of 215 cm (at least 100 cm is needed by the mountain to function at full capacity) and that all lifts were operational. On January 6th, 2006, the mountain opened the Boomerang, a state-of-the art continuous lift system that extends up one vertical face of the mountain and down the other, with a capacity of 1200 guests per hour. The new lift opened up 400 acres of additional advanced terrain for the mountain. Athough originally scheduled to open the previous season, lack of snow had postponed the opening. The snow base as of March 20th, 2006 was 475cm. A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ...

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