Troll Ski Resort is growing into its own
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By Doc Pow for #SkiNorthBC
Barkerville Highway, BC – Growth; it’s an important aspect of human nature. Whether that growth is personal, in terms of picking up a new skill, learning a new way of life or in the case of a ski resort, the addition of new terrain and fresh amenities.
Up in the Cariboo Region of B.C., about 45 minutes east of Quesnel, you will find a tribe of doers, people who are always moving forward.
“With the addition of Silver Bowl, I know everyone is going to be able to come ski and find fresh tracks through 2:30pm in the afternoon,” says a stoked Alison Hoskins, a long-time member of the Prince George Ski Club, as we are riding the lift together on a recent #SkiNorthBC visit.
There was a pretty healthy group of us skiing Troll together and when we came across the new terrain, many of us for the first time, we were all gob-smacked a just how much terrain is back there.
For folks out of Prince George, only two hours away, many have considered Troll as the “little ski place” that could. Hildur and her team are working hard to bust out of those small ski hill stereotypes, building their way into a destination resort. When it's paired with time in Quesnel, Wells and the historic Barkerville (all within an hour of each other), Troll and the famous Barkerville Highway becomes a place you could spend a week discovering this winter.
Troll’s growth isn’t restricted to the on-slopes experience. Troll's Landing is home to the Troll Trailer Park and what will be Troll’s Tiny Home village. Directly across the from the resort, these Troll Tiny Homes (for rent on AirBnB) will provide you with a cosy stay and put you in the pole position for what will be some stellar adventures.
“Troll is pretty incredible place. You have this epic ski experience and then you come down to a communal fire pit for Après and within minutes, the people you meet feel like family,” said Ed Hausot also with the Prince George Ski Club.
Experience acres of terrain that overlooks the Historic Barkerville Highway. Experience a historical region that, in the1800s, was saw over two BILLIION dollars’ worth of gold extracted during its heyday. Sure people are still panning and exploring for gold, but you can discover a whole other kind of gold – white gold.
As Hauost and Hoskins explained for anyone out of Prince George, Troll makes for the perfect day trip, especially with its mid-week skiing opportunities, where it will literally be you and a handful of snow seekers.
When You Go
Base out of the Troll Tiny Town Village or up the road grab a pint of Barkerville Lager from the craft brewery and get into the action found in the City of Quesnel - its less then an hour and has tons of hotel options.
Plan to stay a few days and definitely get out to experience Silver Bowl, but also dive into the history of this region. Explore Barkerville and the community of Wells; to learn about the gold rush days and discover why this area is the reason the province of B.C. is in Canada. Be prepared – you never know who you will meed. During our visit we got to rip the slopes with our friend, Beat from the Timber Kings, who skis so much at Troll, he has a cabin right next to the slopes.