History of British Columbia Ski Resorts

High speed chairlifts and gondolas hurry us to ridges and mountain tops so we can leisurely push off to explore powder-filled chutes or groomed runs. We take for granted the snowmaking, the lifts and the easy access to so much terrain that was inaccessible 50 years ago.

Before there was Whistler and before there was Big White or Fernie there were entrepreneurs, adventurers and volunteers who trekked the back country on snowshoes and wooden cross country skis in search of the perfect terrain. They stood at the base of mountains and said, "I think there is potential for some kickass trails."

Who cut the trails for Murray Ridge near Ft. St. James? Who thought it was possible to ski on an old mine near Kimberley? And who decided to build a ski town on an old dump? The ski resorts in British Columbia have some pretty cool histories. Check them out here and add them to your list of places to go.

Below is a collection of stories showcasing some history to BC's ski resorts. Challenge yourself to visit a few of BC’s “off the beaten path” ski resorts via our SnowSeekers Challenge. Click here and you can win as well!

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