#SkiNorthBC Expedition

SkiNorthBC expedition

#SkiNorthBC Expedition

Northern B.C. has an incredible amount of winter experiences to explore. From Terrace, through Smithers, across Quesnel/Barkerville and Powder King, join SnowSeekers and our story-telling team as we take you on a tour of some pretty wild places.

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Dax Justin
Jim Barr
Chris Wheeler
Matt Mosteller
Stories

With a perfect position, The King reigns supreme when it comes to the POW. This is the story of why the King will always be Powder King Mountain Resort.

When you walk through the day lodge at Powder King Mountain Resort, you’ll find something that might seem rather foreign to you. No one has their cellphones out checking their news and social media feeds.

If you’ve ever been to an end-of-the-road town, you know they’re always a bit different.

Here in Northern British Columbia there’s a craft ski maker and one of the world’s top musicians who have binding ties to their community and no reason to leave.

Barkerville along British Columbia’s Highway 26 is lined with gold, literally.

As we drove into the region of Quesnel I had no idea what to expect. It was my first time here, but I had I heard that it was rich in both winter outdoor activities and history.

Imagine using the beautiful wilds of northern British Columbia’s winter as your laboratory. For a long time, Terrace, B.C. local Hansie Mudhenk, has done exactly that every day.

Chances are you’ve seen the beer commercials in which contest winners are flown into a magical land near a frosty mountain range for a game of hockey.

When I heard I was going to ski a mountain resort mysteriously named “‘Troll,” I knew this place was somehow different from the other ski hills. It became my mission to find out what made it so unique.

The Bulkley River flows through the valley, looking down on Smithers, B.C., from the slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain. It's a view that is nothing short of epic.

Our SkiNorthBC Expedition kicked off in Terrace, B.C. But before I even landed, I got some insights into the place I was about to visit, because my seat mate on the plane was a Terrace local.

Shames Mountain is a little bit different than most ski hills I've skied in my life. Unlike most places where people strap on their boards for a whooping good time, Shames is actually owned by the people of the town.

This leg of our SkiNorthBC expedition brought us to a little place called Smithers, located in northwestern B.C., halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Smithers has a small but mighty population of just more than 5,400.

Peaks soar above. Snow piles up above car rooflines, and terrain for backcountry touring stretches seemingly endlessly. Here, there are no motors running, no crowds, no distractions. Just you, your friends and the bowls, ridges and glades to play in.

After witnessing and shooting one of the most stunning sunrises of my life from the peak of Hudson Bay Mountain, I was intrigued by the small mountain community I saw on my way up. It turns out there are a handful of people who live on the mountain and whole-heartedly embrace this place.

Big, deep and kind take on a new meaning here. Cool vibes draw you into Shames Mountain Ski Area, where the parking lot attendant greets you with big smiles and blaring classic rock tunes.

Destinations

Wells may be small, but it is brimming with activity. Wells is a mining town and a centre for artists and outdoors enthusiasts. It is a surprisingly diverse town nestled in the mountains of the Cariboo.

Located in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway, Prince George is home to Powder King Mountain Resort, 740 km west of Edmonton, or accessible by flight into their airport.

Smithers, B.C. is home to Hudson Bay Ski Resort, found in Northern B.C. along the Yellowhead Highway. Smithers has a regional airport serviced by Air Canada.

Troll Ski Resort was built by Lars Fossberg in 1972, and 30 years later it is still run by the family. Troll has developed into a great mountain, with 4 surface lifts and 1700 vertical feet of terrain.

Shames, located just outside of Terrace, British Columbia, is the type of place where you can easily get in powder tracks with little to no effort, because they are everywhere.

 

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