Repeat after me: 'Keep skiing or you get old'

Troll owners live the mantra of their special mountain

Powder Matt

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.

Unplug and dive into another world at Troll. Get planning...

More mountain than meets the eye

Troll Resort
Photo: Dax Justin

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.

The easily accessible backcountry is just one more reason to head up to Cariboo Country this winter. Load the roof rack and discover the secrets of this winter-loving region and the people like Hildur and Len who will help you explore their little slice of paradise that is their backyard. 

If you go

Troll is found around the middle of the Barkerville Highway. On your way, you'll go through the City of Quesnel. Learn more about what adventures can be found there too, by checking out the website.

Learn more about what BC has in store for you this winter, search #ExploreBC

Call Tourism Quesnel at 250-992-8716

Troll, Quesnel, the District of Wells and Barkerville are destinations along the famed Barkerville Highway (aka Highway 26) – all within the Cariboo Regional District

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