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Skiing in Northern B.C.
British Columbia boasts several impressive ski areas in its northern regions. Ski areas above Prince George features hundreds of kilometers of ski runs, and more downhill fun than you may be able to handle.
Head to northwest B.C. for ski parks like Shames Mountain and Ski Smithers. Shames is set 35 kilometers from Terrace, and features 141 skiable acres with 28 runs – the longest of which is four kilometers.
Shames yields a top elevation of 1,189 meters, with a vertical drop of 488 meters. Located on Hudson Bay Mountain, Ski Smithers is the largest of northern B.C.'s ski areas, and features 35 runs over 300 acres – plus the RAYZ Terrain Park.
The B.C. city of Dawson Creek boasts nearby ski areas as well. Set just outside of the city, Bear Mountain Ski Hill is an intimate ski park featuring 10 runs and seven cross-country ski trails – as well as an onsite terrain park.
Just over 200 kilometers from Dawson Creek, the Powder King Mountain Resort features 1,475 skiable acres in the Northern Rockies’ Hart Ranges. Visitors may look forward to a top elevation of 1,829 meters and 24 runs – the longest being 366 meters.
Closer to north-central B.C., two ski areas are found along the BC Highway 16 – both just north of Quesnel and east of Prince George. Tabor Mountain Alpine Resort offers 12 runs over 180 skiable acres, plus a terrain park and onsite restaurant. From there, make your way east 45 kilometers to Purden Ski Village featuring 25 runs – the longest being the two-mile Lakeview Trail.
Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area
Unique and the first of its kind, the Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area sits on eastern British Columbia's Mount Diefenbaker near Valemount. Skiers and snowboarders alike make the trek to the four run mountain, where traditional ski lifts are replaced with snowmobiles and towing sleds. Taking turns operating the snowmobiles, riders and skiers can pair up and tow in groups, share different shifts, or go up at their own pace.
Since there are no lifts to operate at this public assisted facility, the ski area is free for all those who make the trek down the 14 kilometre access trail. Once there, they are greeted with four runs that descend 2,200 vertical feet and last for two kilometres. The runs are best optimized for the adventurous and experienced skier or boarder who love shredding up amazing powder. The project is operated by the Valemount Area Recreation Development Association.
Tabor Mountain Ski Resort
Embrace the cold weather in Northern British Columbia, by having fun outside. The Tabor Mountain Ski Resort, conveniently located fifteen minutes east of Prince George, offers 180 acres of skiable terrain.
Take a ride on the triple chairlift to begin your fun on the resort's thirteen ski runs. Those who need to learn how to ski or snowboard, have the option of taking lessons from resort's certified instructors, before tackling the slopes.
If new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding, rent skis, boots, poles, snowboards, snowboard boots and helmets, from the resort's equipment rental shop for a fun day on the mountain.
The resort's RBC Jumps and Bumps program is also available for skiers between eight and sixteen years old, to practice big air jumps and moguls, in preparation for freestyle competitions.