Vancouver Island Mountains
Alpine to Ocean
Vancouver Island, on the West coast of Canada is a unique destination filled with majestic mountains rising more than 2000m out of the Pacific Ocean and covered with lush temperate rain forests hosting some of the biggest trees on the planet. With a sparsely distributed population of just 760,000 people there’s space for everybody to enjoy this 32,000 square-kilometer adventure paradise.
Comox Valley & Mount Washington Alpine Resort
The Comox Valley is known as Alpine to Ocean country. This is one of the few places you can ski or ride in the mountains all day and then watch the sunset from the beach in the evening! Perched a mile above the towns of the Comox Valley, Mount Washington Alpine Resort sandwiches itself between the waters of the Salish Sea and the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park. The resort is home to 1700+ acres of in bounds terrain suited ideally for our ski and snowboard training courses, pairing amazing skiing with amazing views. You won’t find any five star luxury hotels or fur coat clad tourists here… Instead there are untracked runs, lineless lifts, friendly locals and huge annual snowfalls…
A true Canadian coastal mountain experience!
When it’s good… it’s good!
Mount Washington is coastal so during a season there you’ll experience every condition known to nature… and that’s great for training because we want you to be well rounded and able to perform in all terrain and condtions.
Understand, while no resort is immune to a poor snow season, when Mount Washington is good… it’s really good! It has frequently boasted the deepest snow-pack in Canada, and on a couple occasions the deepest in the world (11 metres on average… up to 19 metres in record seasons)! Even outside of the pow, the varied terrain offers great skiing with numerous steep tree runs, bump runs, terrain parks and high quality groomers to lay your skis over. Combine all that with a unique Island vibe and you’ll understand why everyone who comes here loves this place.
Mount Washington Village Accommodation
Accommodation options for Section8ers are classic Canadian ski-in, ski-out chalets with immediate access to the slopes. Chalet’s have wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens kitchens, wifi, laundry facilities and all the modern conveniences. Shared and private room options available.
Further North on the Island is a second community ski hill called Mount Cain, a favorite of the laid back Island locals and past Section8ers. With the lifts only open on weekends and hiking/touring access for the rest of the week Mount Cain boasts spectacular easily accessed backcountry terrain and an atmosphere like you’ve taken a plunge in the Hot Tub Time Machine.
Vancouver Island Backcountry
With British Columbia’s oldest and largest Provincial Park on our door step, Section8ers venture to numerous backcountry locations on Vancouver Island. The mountains here are one of Canada’s best kept secrets and offer a remote wilderness experience like no other. With massive old growth rain forests, steep and rugged mountain sides and crazy coastal snow packs… natural beauty, adventure and self reliance has a different meaning here.
Ski & Snowboard Courses on Vancouver Island
Many major airlines have direct flights from all over the world into Vancouver, British Columbia. From the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) there are several flights a daily to the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) aboard Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air. Or you can hop on BC Ferries regular service between Vancouver and Nanaimo, which is 90 minutes south of the Comox Valley. West Jet Airlines also has direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton and other major Canadian cities.
Let us know your travel arrangements in advance and we are happy to pick you up from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo or the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).