Skiing Mt Washington, Vancouver Island

Though I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Island over the past few years, this was my first time skiing Mt Washington near Comox.

With only a week or so left in the season, some lifts were not running. Most of the Black Diamonds up high not available.

But if you like easy Black Diamond and Blue there are a lot of runs. I really enjoyed it.

Regular ticket price was CAD $95.00 in 2018-19. There’s a 20% discount if you buy online. … OR you can do as I did and ski half day Noon – 3:30pm at a greater discount.

NEXT season I’m going to try to stay on the hill. They have some great deals. Early April 2019, for example, it was $99 / person.

In fact I saw they’d had a $66 / person deal earlier in the season. The regular price is $133 / person.

Closest airport is Comox.



I paid CAD $1300+ flying to and from Chile

International flights are the most expensive thing I (sometimes) pay for when I travel.

And if I make a LONG flight, I want to stay a LONG time.

CAD $609.22 / USD $457 Calgary to Santiago

CAD $698 / USD $523.90 Santiago to Calgary

Chilean LATAM was lowest price in 2019.

Just a couple of years ago it was much cheaper via American Airlines.

Santiago, Chile
Gran Torre

Lima is typically the least expensive big city when flying from North America.

farewell Patagonia

Having traveled Patagonia 3 times over the past 4 years, perhaps it’s time to give it a rest.

I’ll have to find somewhere else sunny ­čśÄ to travel during Canadian winter 2020. Africa sounds good. Or perhaps New Zealand.

The attraction of Patagonia for me is wilderness so undeveloped. Similar to northern British Colombia and Alaska.

I do recommend it. But you need some basic tourist Spanish.

On the Dientes de Navarino trek, Patagonia, Chile. Overlooking the Beagle Channel.

Pod room in a hostel

I’ve stayed in a couple of airport pod hotel rooms. An excellent idea. You can rent for 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours or more depending on the amount of time you have between flights.

But in P├║con, Chile I stayed for the first time in a pod room in a hostel.

$15 / night. No breakfast. Shared washrooms and excellent kitchen. You keep your stuff in a locker outside the room.

But here’s the view just outside my door.

This is the French Andes hostel.

Marching with the Penguins

I did the super popular tour out of Punta Arenas, Chile to Monumento Natural Los Ping├╝inos on Isla Magdalena.

At peak the island has 60,000 pairs of Magellan penguins. I was a bit late in the season. New born juveniles had already begun the migration to Brazil.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Cost is about $100. Details.

Photos on Sidetracked.