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About Mount Washington, the home of Mitakihara Skiing



About Mount Washington, the home of Mitakihara Skiing

February 25, 2030

Season Report Posted: December 16, 2012 10:20

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is the official home of the Mitakihara University alpine ski team, and has been since the 2011-12 college sports season. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is an alpine skiing ski resort located on Mount Washington on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges in British Columbia, Canada. The nearest communities are those in the Comox Valley, a 3 - 3.5 hour drive North from the capital of Victoria, British Columbia.
The mountain allows for a wide variety of downhill terrain, ranging from beginner to expert. There are additionally facilities for snow tubing and two terrain parks. Mount Washington also manages 55km of Nordic trails some of which are in nearby Strathcona Provincial Park, the home of the Mitakihara University nordic ski team.
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.
On January 6, 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 Boomerang lift opened up 400 acres (1.6 km2) of additional advanced terrain for the mountain.
The Resort averages over 10m of snowfall yearly, boasting one of the deepest snow packs in Canada.
The annual Mitakihara Alpine and Nordic Invitational, also known as MANI, is a collegiate skiing meet held every second December of the year at Mount Washington, and involves college teams from Canada, the United States and around the world. It doubles as a qualifier for national tournament meets in the NCAA and CIS/SIC for individuals and teams.

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