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The 2020/21 ski season is going to be the year of the staycation and that means exploring our big, beautiful backyard. Most of us won't be heading to Hawaii or Mexico, so it's the perfect time to explore the pristine expanse of #SkiNorthBC.
Epic snowfalls and wide-open spaces, perfect for awesome Instagram shots - and social distancing - are what we're all looking for these days. Up here, you can pick from so many winter adventures: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing or snowmobiling through a vast, winter wonderland.
Bring along your family and friends and make a holiday out of it. We're pretty sure you'll be wondering what took you so long to get here. Of course, you're bound to meet a few locals along the way who are happy to share their favourite spots for adventure.
To help plan your visit, check out below what the in-the-know locals have to say about their favourite places to eat, ski or ride, eat or just play in the snow.
Local - Claire Challen, Rossignol skier and dynamite person with a zest for life
Of all the options, what is your favourite winter experience in Smithers and why?
Head right when you get off the chairlift at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and look for someone who knows where they are going - and you’ll be sure to find some secret snow stashes.
Local - Austin Gray works at Ruckus Skis, Boards and Bikes in Prince George. He’s a big time mountain biker and skier
Where to play: Powder King Mountain Resort, tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing.
What is your best tip for skiing in northern B.C.? My best tip for skiing up here in the north, and in particular Powder King, is to be ready to ski the deep! Even if it hasn’t snowed for a bit, there’s always fresh turns to find, so bring the fat planks and leave the groomer skis at home!
Fort St. James:
Local - Sarah Grill works as a nurse in town and is on the board for Murray Ridge Ski Area, in Fort St James
What is your top tip for those coming to the north to go ski Murray Ridge? Ride the Ridge. Find a local and head off-piste to experience our endless kilometres of steep terrain. But, be sure to give the legs a break and hit up one of our rippin’ groomers, too.
What are your suggestions when it comes to eating out in Fort St. James? If you haven’t grabbed a burger and poutine at Murray Ridge, the North Arm Pub always has good eats and friendly staff to pour you a pint or two. Or, alternatively, get yourself a dinner invite from a friendly local.
Local - Bonnie Grenon, social media manager for Troll Ski Resort and long-time local photographer
What is your top tip for those coming to the experience the Barkerville Highway, and skiing at Troll? Travelling down the Barkerville Highway is like travelling back to when life was easier and more carefree. You will be met with the friendliest people, wearing the warmest of smiles. Adventures here will bring back memories of your childhood while helping to create lasting memories in the now. Whether it is sledding, cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, or just taking in the local culture, from Troll Resort, through Wells, and onto Barkerville, we have everything you are looking for.
Local - Dave Jorgenson is a local radio and adventure travel producer. His mission is to get you outside and explore his backyard.
Where to play: Cross-country and downhill skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, tubing, history, single malt whiskey.
What is your top tip for those coming north to go ski Wells/Troll? Get out here! Troll has unique onsite accommodation, Wells does too, and it’s just 20 minutes away embedded in the mountains. It takes effort to tag all the ski options when you #SkiNorthBC, so get out of the cities and experience non-urban, and non-resort options in accommodation and eating. That way the fun stays with you well past the experience on the hill!
When You Go
Stay tuned. We will be connecting you with more information on all things #SkiNorthBC soon. For the latest, please bookmark this page - #SkiNorthBC Expedition home page.
In the meantime jump onto our partners' links to learn where more about the region's outdoor winter adventures.
- Smithers home to Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and Skeena Heli/Cat Skiing
- Powder King Mountain Resort,
- Murray Ridge Ski Area
- Along with Quesnel
- And Wells, B.C., home to Troll Ski Resort.
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