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Mount Washington to open in July for first time ever

THIS YOUNGSTER IS ready to hit the slopes. - PHOTO BY LINDSAY CHUNG
THIS YOUNGSTER IS ready to hit the slopes.
— image credit: PHOTO BY LINDSAY CHUNG

 

Thousands of people skied and snowboarded this weekend at Mount Washington — and this wasn't even their last chance.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort opened to skiers and boarders in June for the second straight year this Father's Day weekend, and with so much snow still on the hill, the mountain will be opening for skiing and boarding July 1, 2 and 3 — the same time as it opens for summer operations with its Mile High Chairlift rides.

"That will be the first time we've been open in July," said resort spokesperson Brent Curtain. "I don't see in a week and a half to two weeks (the snow) melting away."

Lift tickets will cost $25 for the first July skiing in Mount Washington's history.

"It's a bit too early to tell what will be open, but it will probably be very similar to what people saw this weekend," said Curtain.

This weekend, Mount Washington opened Whiskey Jack, Coaster and the Stomping Ground Terrain Park, which is two more trails than last June.

Close to 2,000 people skied or snowboarded, which is more people than last year's Father's Day weekend opening, according to Curtain.

Mount Washington staff had the Eagle Express chair on standby during the weekend, and they had to open it up Sunday as the crowds kept coming, he noted.

What is becoming Mount Washington's longest-running season was a record-breaking one.

This winter, Mount Washington received more than 19 metres of snow — the deepest winter in resort history — and it claimed the deepest snow pack in Canada before opening day in December.

To find out more, visit mountwashington.ca.

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