Dec 1, 2009 | Marmot, Winter 2009

News In Brief

Encompassing people, places and happenings at Mount Washington.

Resort welcomes Thrifty Foods

Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Thrifty Foods have teamed up as corporate partners this winter. Thrifty Foods is now the exclusive retailer of the Resort’s 6ixPaks, a package of six discounted lift tickets. “It’s a far-reaching partnership for us,” Curtain said.

Congratulations to Resort Director of Hospitality Tim Defert and his wife Simone on the safe arrival of their third daughter, Mia Simone. A sister to Ava and Gracie, Mia was born Oct. 26, weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz.

Ryder Curtain, whose father, Brent, is Director of Public Relations and whose mother is a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, turned one in October. Dad Brent is already thinking about Ryder’s first time on skis.

Happy belated birthday to Resort President Peter Gibson, who turned 60 this past summer. Congratulations, Peter!

Angie Farquharson from the marketing department, and the sunny person who oversees the Snow Host program, spent part of her time off traveling around Thailand.

Sarah Nicholson from Tourism Mount Washington had a successful trip to the London Ski Show in more ways than one.

Not only did she get a great response to the services offered at Mount Washington, she was also asked by Tourism B.C. to do some training with Canadian Affairs — an organization that represents tour operators from Canada.

London “was absolutely great,” Nicholson said. “It was a big step forward.” She expects Mount Washington Alpine Resort to be included in both summer and winter brochures for Canadian Affairs tour operators by next year.

After many years of fundraising and planning, the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre.

Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan announced in early August that the federal government would kick in $795,000 in funding for the sports centre project. That means construction can go ahead.

“It’s regionally very important — and on a personal level, this is totally satisfying,” Duncan told the Comox Valley Record.

The money came from the Community Adjustment Fund, an economic action plan initiative of the federal government.

The project is estimated at $2.2 million and Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society Chairman Rick Morson told the Record the expected completion date is November 2010.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is featured in the Winter 2009-2010 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel. Writer Masa Takei and photographer Darryl Leniuk created an eight-page feature titled “Clouds of Powder” about their multi-day excursion to the Resort.

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