Northern BC’s Best Kept Secret Local Ski Hills

Shames Mountain

We love Shames because this is the hill that we grew up on. We learned to ski here, then switched to boarding one time on a field trip. With fond memories of riding the ski-bus up from McDonalds with friends, to having a family boxing day celebration each year atop Rainbow Ridge. This is why Shames Mountain will always be number one in our hearts.

Shames My Mountain Co-op is a non-profit community service co-operative with the purpose of providing recreational opportunities via the Shames Mountain Ski Area. My Mountain Co-op strives to enhance the health and quality of life of the communities in our region that, in turn contribute to the long term viability and sustainability of the Co-operative. They are Canada’s first non-profit community service ski co-operative. 

Shames Mountain in Northern British Columbia

Community-owned Shames Mountain in Northern British Columbia routinely boasts 488 vertical metres (1,600 vertical feet) of powder every year. #ExploreBC

Posted by Shames Mountain on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Home to 1,600 vertical feet of powder, Shames Mountain is located 35 kms west of Terrace in the spectacular Shames Valley amidst the majestic Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia. Established in the early 1990s, Shames Mountain has 28 cut runs and an abundance of natural glades.

Be sure to take the family out on family day for discounted lift tickets, a BBQ, music, tobogganing hill and more!

Shames is a family friendly mountain with lots of great options from beginner to expert. Shames is surrounded by more than 7,800 acres of backcountry bliss and the options are only limited by your imagination!

  •  Average Annual Snowfall: 1200cm (480in)
  • Base Area: 700m (2300ft)
  • Top: 1189m (3900ft)
  • Vertical: 488m (1600ft)

“Shames receives 475 inches of annual snowfall, laying claim to one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America and its backcountry access is unrivalled.”    – Powder Magazine

Hudson Bay Mountain

Located in beautiful Smithers, BC, Hudson Bay Mountain offers abundant powder, consistent snow conditions, short lift lines, and affordable rates that skiers and snowboarders will love. Hudson Bay boasts at top elevation of 5,413 feet, 1,750 feet of lift accessed vertical feet and 3,775 feet of continuous mountain vertical terrain. The community of Smithers offers a variety of lodging and dining options that all guests can enjoy.

We love Hudson Bay Mountain also. It’s so close to town, the lodge and musical entertainment can’t be beat, alongside Smithers’ mini Whistler charm. Kate once won ski poker at Hudson Bay…this was pre-kids. But don’t worry this mountain has elevation, powder, events and lessons for the families just starting out to those more experienced in the alpine.

The cool thing about Hudson Bay Mountain is that there are cabin rentals ON THE MOUNTAIN! See their website for accommodation or AirBNB.

Follow Hudson Bay Mountain Ski Resort on Facebook to get notified on Never Ever Days throughout the season, where rentals, lift passes and lessons will only cost you an easy $25!!!

Hart Ski Hill
This is a lovely little hill for kids, families and those just starting out. One because it’s like a 15 minute drive from downtown PG, 10 from my house. Two because it’s fairly small (in elevation) and not too steep.  Three it has so much to offer (two tows, a rope, a conveyor belt and a board park). Four, it’s super affordable. And five, they’re now open weekdays!! Kate used to volunteer here, also pre kids, but now that they’re almost skiing age, she hopes to get back into it.
The Hart Highlands Winter Club has been providing winter fun to the Prince George area for 50 years! The Hart Ski Hill is Prince George’s only local ski and snowboard hill located in the city limits about 15 minutes from downtown Prince George, British Columbia. 
The Hart Hill offers over 22 acres of ski and snowboard trails as well as one of the best Terrain parks in Northern British Columbia. Need some lessons? No problem. The Hart Hill’s  Snow School offers lessons for all ages and ability levels and will make skiing or snowboarding fun and effortless​.
This year they have upped their hours to include 9-3 weekdays in addition to their 1730-2130 evenings during the week and 9-3 Saturdays and 10-4 Sundays! Such a great option for SAHMs or Dads with pre-school aged kids! 
Purden

Purden is central British Columbia’s largest ski mountain.  For 50 years, we have been supplying an exciting and robust ski adventure. Purden has 26 named runs, the longest (Lakeview) has over two miles of fabulous terrain!

Purden Ski Village is located near Prince George, British Columbia, Canada and provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding in central British Columbia. Over 1,100 vertical feet of skiing on dry powder snow, treed runs and uncrowded slopes make Purden Ski Village a skier’s paradise.

Getting to Purden is easy! We are located just off the highway. From Prince George, BC travel approximately 60 km east on Highway 16. The mountain is a 4 km drive above the highway from the marked turnoff. From McBride, travel approximately 145 km west on Highway 16. If you can’t make the drive yourself, they offer group transportation from PG to the hill via Paxton Shuttle Service

Purden also offers cabin rentals if you’re looking to make a family weekend of it!

Powder King

Nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, Powder King offers the best of the great outdoors. This hidden gem boasts an amazing annual snowfall of 41 feet and terrain that ranges from breathtaking drops for the adventurous skier, to the gentle groomed slopes of beginner runs. A million miles from stress, but only 500 yards from the highway, Powder King is located in the center of the Pine Pass in Northern British Columbia. Those who have visited would say that it’s the best riding they’ve experienced and they don’t plan on telling anyone about it – it’s the whisper of the north.

Powder King offers ski lessons, rentals, a lift and two tows, as well as amazing powder, terrain park and snowmobiling in the area. This resort is one to hit up year round also, as Azouzetta Lake Campground and Cafe 97 run year round, just down the road from PK.

A little community of home owners at this mountain really give it the local charm. If you’re looking for a rental check out the website, for the hostel hotel, cabins, suites, bunkhouses and local ski and stay partners!

We love Powder King because we’re spoiled and our family has a cabin in the area, so Christmases, and much of winter is spent with family here. We love the POWDER this hill has to offer, and the terrain, along with the magnificent views. Nothing beats skiing or boarding down the hill straight to an apres ski hot tub, dinner and a movie or a game of catch-phrase at the cabin.

And if you’re visiting in the summer, don’t pass up Azouzetta Lake! It’s to die for. Emerald green, still as glass and the dock is just beautiful. You can canoe out to the little island in the middle and the fishing is excellent along the way!

Check out this video our brother in law made skiing up at PK, as the locals call it.

Big Bam Ski Hill

The BIG BAM Ski Hill is a volunteer driven, non-profit group of individuals who see the value in having a nearby winter recreational site. With over 12 Acres of Skiing & Snowboarding in British Columbia’s North Peace Region.

BIG BAM is located approximately 4km west of the Alaska Highway down Big Bam Road (south of Taylor, BC Peace River Bridge past Peace Island Park).

A little history on Big Bam here…in the mid 90s a mud slide took out all facilities and community volunteers have been working diligently to get this hill back up and running for the people of the Peace Region of Northern BC!

We honestly haven’t been to Big Bam yet, but now that were in PG and more central, and it’s back open, this one is definitely added to our Northern BC bucket list!

Watch this video from the Shaw Spotlight: GO Peace Country team for a little more on Big Bam Ski Hill!

Little Mac Ski Hill

Little Mac Ski Hill, known as Little Mac, is a community-operated ski area adjacent to Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada in the northern Rocky Mountain Trench. The area has one tow lift and vertical differential of 90 m. The longest run is 210 m. Unfortunately, the District of Mackenzie will not be operating Little Mac Ski Hill for the 2018-2019 season.

Message from the District of Mackenzie

There are a number of factors that have led to this unfortunate and difficult decision. Little Mac Ski Hill has been a valuable asset to the residents of Mackenzie for many years and we are committed to working with the community to make improvements to the hill that will see it not only operating in 2019-2020, but offering improved services.

We will be scheduling an opportunity for the public to come to the recreation centre in early January to learn more about the closure for this season and to have a conversation about what Little Mac means to the community and how we can work together to make it better. We will also be forming a working group to engage with the community to explore potential solutions to low attendance at Little Mac. We would like to grow attendance at the hill and to be able to offer additional programs and services to make Little Mac Ski Hill a vibrant hub of our community and we will be looking for your ideas. We will post the dates for this conversation on our social media feeds and advertise the date as soon as we have the event finalized.

Please get in contact with the district officials in Mackenzie, BC to get LITTLE MAC BACK!

Follow the story online, on Facebook or email: info@districtofmackenzie.ca and call: 250-997-3221.

Murray Ridge

Off the beaten path and still only located only 45 minutes north of Vanderhoof off HWY 16 , 14Km from the town of Fort St. James, and only 2hrs drive from Prince George. First tracks all day, no line ups, and small town charm. With over 20 runs from the steepest of slopes to the gentlest of groomers you can explore it all at Murray Ridge Ski Hill.

It all began in 1977 when a few rugged pioneers completed what was then and still remains the longest T-Bar in North America to serve the public of the small community of Fort St. James. And so Murray Ridge was born with not so humble beginnings and continues on to this day with that tradition by providing a ski/board destination unlike anywhere else. Built and run for 40 years entirely by the local community The Ridge carries on the heritage of small town vibe coupled with big mountain terrain.

Troll Ski Resort

Troll Resort is located 41km east of Quesnel, BC, Canada, on highway 26 near an area known as Wingdam. This hill has an impressive vertical at 527m (1729ft) hosting a variety of terrain from perfect beginner slopes and long fall-line groomers to steep gladed tree runs and a large progressive terrain park with a recent terrain expansion. We also have an excellent beginner teaching area with its own separate lift.

To go along with terrain the whole family can enjoy, what’s better than some of BC’s most family-friendly prices? Bring the whole family out for the day or the season and share endless enjoyment and save too! Troll Resort welcomes everyone, Skiers and Snowboarders with Seasons Pass’ at other Ski Resorts get a 25% discount at Troll.

Shamrock Tube Run

Looking for some non skiing / boarding downhill snow fun? This year we checked out Barkerville’s Shamrock Tube Run and let us tell you…it’s worth the trip!

The Shamrock Tube Run offers conveyor lift access to two tube runs and over 400 feet of snow sliding fun. Included in your lift pass is a bonfire, snow tubes, and helmet rentals.

Limited helmet sizes are available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own helmets. No child is permitted to tube or skate without a helmet without the consent of their legal guardian.

All kids at least two years old can safely enjoy the Tube Run, but children under 6 years old must wear a helmet and be accompanied up the conveyor and down the run on the lap of an adult. Children under 42 inches or 107 centimeters in height must also wear a helmet and be accompanied by an adult. Children under two years of age are not permitted on the Tube Run.

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Are we missing anything? What other winter activities do you get up to? Should we make another post on cross country, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or skating lakes across the North? Comment your favourite places to go in the winter below!

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