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.
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.
Lima is typically the least expensive big city when flying from North America.
I uploaded ALL my new Patagonia photos to Flickr. So I’m caught up. Most of those are Creative Commons licensed.
It costs me $50 / year, double the old price.
I’ve had about 8 million views since July 2006 when Warren Long convinced me to start with Flickr.
Check them out.
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 😎 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.
I’m keen to do more.
This couple has started on a trip that might last 10 years!
Click PLAY or watch Peyman and Matilda on YouTube.
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 Púcon, 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.
I did the super popular tour out of Punta Arenas, Chile to Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos 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.