2013... The Summer of Sunshine
Summer was a good season for Mount Washington Alpine Resort as more people enjoyed a mile high experience. Chairlift rides were up slightly over the previous year, which wasn't a surprise.
“Weather wise was really good,’ said Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations and Marketing. “There were only three days in July and August that we lost because of rain.’
Annual events liked Tapped and the Alpine Wine Festival were well received. The Bearclaw Invitational slopestyle cycling event drew about 2,000 spectators and the BC Cup event had 140 entries, “which was pretty darned good,’ Sharpe said.
For the first time ever the Resort hosted a Mudd, Sweat and Tears event and that was well received.
Weddings were as popular as ever, the Resort hosts at least 15 weddings every year.
“On the September long weekend we hosted three; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, back to back. Tim Defert and his food and beverage crew are adept at catering large events and turn-around from day to day went smoothly,’ Sharp said.
“Weddings are great for us. People eat up here, stay up here and recreate up here. We've already sold most Saturdays at Raven Lodge for next summer,’ he added.
“Although Saturdays are always booked first, we can do weddings any day of the week,’ Sharpe said, “and the Whiskey Jack Room is available if Raven Lodge is booked,’ he added.
“It's a beautiful venue,’ he says of the Whiskey Jack Room. “It's been completely remodeled.’
Summer also saw construction begin on the new tube park, which has been expanded and relocated closer to the Alpine Lodge.
Earthwork was delayed until the end of July because the snow melt meant the ground was too wet, Resort President Peter Gibson said. However, construction was on track after that and both the new area and the old Ozone Park - now reclaimed as a beginner run as part of Easy Acres - were re-seeded before the snow started flying again.