Repeat after me: 'Keep skiing or you get old'
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Troll owners live the mantra of their special mountain
Quesnel, B.C. – Hot chocolate, cinnamon buns, fresh snow in the face and magical turns all day. Think this sounds too dreamy to be real. It's not. Welcome to Troll Ski Area, just east of Quesnel, B.C.
This is a place where people get together, share stories, make turns, and live an enviable outdoor life based on the mantra: 'Keep skiing, or you get old,' proudly shared by the ski area owners, Hildur and Len Sinclair.
More mountain than meets the eye
This place is a lot bigger than you think. Pulling into the quaint and cozy base area, dotted with log cabins, the centrepiece is a hand-hewn log day lodge. Step inside and you'll be greeted with the smell of home-cooked meals. Awwww! The aroma of fresh-baked cinnamon buns pretty much sums up the cosy, down-home feel of this place, but you can sample those later.
Right now you're here to ski!
"Top to bottom runs will amaze you," says Hildur, as she takes off down through the trees with a big ear-to-ear grin. She's right; this is thigh-burning fun. Note to self: you'll need to take a couple breaks on your way down because this place has a whopping 1,729 vertical for your sliding enjoyment.
Variety pack of trails
You can enjoy any type of skiing you like here. From perfectly spaced gladed tree skiing to machine groomed runs for those carvers who love to let it roll. Then there are the long fall-lines, a terrain park for play-time, and a dedicated area for beginners with its own lift and run to make those early turns easy.
Slack-country won't disappoint
"We are bigger than you think," Hildur says, as she shares some of the slack-country skiing and riding options off the Silver Lift. You can ski powder all day long here, she says, as we enjoy another run of dry, fluffy powder - and better yet not a soul around.