Ski Troll for soul: you’ll know when you get there #SkiNorthBC
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Since the early days of mail delivery by sled dog, Troll Ski Resort has had a unique winter vibe. With a new expansion in the works the hill is gaining momentum, but as always the resort retains a uniquely Troll experience, rare among Western Canadian ski resorts. #SkiNorthBC
Somewhere in northern BC, between Wells and Quesnel on the Barkerville Highway... “The reality is it’s just not all about going downhill on skis,” says longtime Troll Ski Resort season pass holder Tyler Dinsdale. This is Dinsdale’s home mountain, he grew up on it, and it's served him well. But beyond just the mountain itself, the region's charm and its history changed his life.
“I was only coming back to help my dad for a few months, training his sled dogs to be ready for the annual Sled Dog Mail run,” explains Dinsdale. Troll Ski Resort was a hub for mail delivery, home to a roadhouse going back into the early 1900’s when this region was overrun by gold miners.
“Yes, no different than if you get a letter with an “airmail” stamp on it—around here the delivery of mail by dog sled is still a very legitimate way of getting your mail.”
Dinsdale, an international river raft guide who was paddling the world, came back to support his dad while his hip replacement took hold. While Tyler was here, he met his soon to be wife and now mother of his two kids.
It’s said “everything happens for a reason,” and for the Dinsdales, Troll Resort is the reason winter is fun.
“If you choose not to gain joy in the snow, you are going to have less joy and still the same amount of snow….so the choice is yours," Dinsdale quips.
"By spending and connecting with other people who spend time at Troll, it makes it easy to find that joy, because it’s all around you here.”
As you will read in this #SkinorthBC getaway piece on Quesnel, the work they’ve done to build a joyful venue here has succeeded in cultivating not just radiating staff who serve you with a smile, but also a friendly local ethic among the skiers and riders here.
Collectively, what they put back into the resort makes it magnetic.
“We are continually blown away when we talk to friends in the city or Sea to Sky or Kootenays about how they have to share their ski hill with so many people, even in the backcountry,” says gear outfitter and Rocky Peaks owner John Courtney.
“It wouldn't occur to me to expect to bump into someone else on any trail or even to have to share a ski run at Troll with others. The feeling of peace and solitude is continually available to us to experience here."
“People are generally surprised by two things at Troll," says Dinsdale.
"They are either surprised by the fun, friendly atmosphere, or they are surprised by the amount of diverse terrain available on the hill.
"People tend to expect one or the other, but not both together."
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“It's easy to see that the owners and managers genuinely care about everyone's experience at Troll, and in return everyone cares about Troll,” says Dinsdale.
And that caring is causing growth, as Troll recently scored its logging permits and is now expanding into the Pinegrove area, a north east facing slope on the resort. By 2024 that will increase the number of runs by 30, almost doubling from its current total of 35!
And that will just add to the skiing soul that's already the heart of this special place.
When you go
“There is a lot of fun to be had at Troll, in an environment that gives you an opportunity to pause and exhale,” says Dinsdale. Exhale at Troll for a #skinorthbc experience that will leave you different.
Getting to Troll
Troll Ski Resort is about a five-hour drive (450kms) from Kamloops and less than two hours from Prince George (151kms).
Troll events for 2023
We told you this was a ski resort with character:
- Jan 28-29: Rocky Peak demo day
- March 4 - 5: Mt. Everest Challenge (open to all ages, skiers and riders, who want to attempt to make 20 laps in one day, matching the total vertical of Everest)
- Nordic Sweater Day/Telemark Fest (dates TBA)
- 3rd annual Demim Day: stay tuned for dates for this one as Troll attempts to beat the record for total number of people wearing denim on a single ski run!
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