Ski Vancouver Island

Without the Snow & Ice

You may be dreaming of a temperate Vancouver Island winter to escape the snow and ice in your driveway, on the sidewalks and on your roof. But did you know you could still enjoy schussing down the slopes or trekking through powder with snowshoes?

Winter on Vancouver Island gives you the best of all possible worlds – mild climate and access to some of the best skiing conditions on the west coast.

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort is just an hour’s drive from Parksville and has some of the best snow records in BC with an average snowfall of 950 cm. Not to mention incredible ocean views stretching to the mainland.

For alpine skiing, Mount Washington has 1,600 acres of runs for all skiing levels as well as 400 acres of advanced terrain in the outback with a quad chair.

For Nordic enthusiasts, Mount Washington offers 55 km of cross country trails and 20 km of snowshoeing trails, and was given the Best Showshoeing Award by Ski Canada in 2007.

So if you enjoy the fun of snow but not the work, a Vancouver Island winter escape to Sunrise Ridge will delight you.

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