The SnowSeekers team has once again headed to Terrace, Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville, and Smithers to explore and report on some of the amazing conditions, terrain and experiences in Northern BC. This season, follow the second annual #SkiNorthBC on social media and through this story series.
Contributed by Abby Cooper. Photos by Andrew Strain.
Leaving with a feeling of contentment and tired legs we knew we had done Smithers right. A whirlwind of ski excitement had swept over us as we made the most of a short stay. As a collective our priorities included resort powder skiing/boarding, a backcountry experience and the engaging in the Smithers skiing culture as much as possible.
We arrived at dusk and with out a moment to loose we headed to the main down town area of Smithers. We strolled the streets filled with locally made goods while sipping coffee from Bugwood Bean before having our gear turned at Local Supply Co for our upcoming adventures! New friends at every interaction offered us advice on where to head and when for our ski agenda, and with that we slept soundly knowing tomorrow would be filled with faceshots.
Early ups gave us first light from the top of Hudson Bay Mountain ski resort. No lines and bottomless powder entertained us all day. Occasionally sneaking in a groomer lap to mix it up, but the perfectly gladded trees begged us back to their powder filled pockets. From sun up to sun down we explored all aspects of Hudson Bay Mountain only stopped by last chair sign hung on the chairlift we headed into the lodge for après ready to share highlights of our day.
Backcountry bound we headed to the experts at Skeena Cat Skiing to chauffeur us straight to the good stuff! Our first glimpse out the snow cats window was a wild one, better than anything we could have dreamt. Alpine peaks with snow cat roads right to the tippy top and long, steep, beautiful lines ready for us. Lap after lap we couldn’t believe the epic terrain offered at Skeena Cat Skiing, and that we were lucky enough ski it all day long in excellent bluebird powder conditions.
Feeling productive for crossing so much off the list yet craving more we ventured on to our next ski destination knowing that we’d be back for another dose of Smithers sometime soon!
If you go
- Tourism Smithers and Hudson Bay Mountain Resort make it easy for you to ski this season via their Ski and Stay website, home to ski and stay packages.
- For more on the terrain at Hudson Bay, check out its trail map here »
- Smithers is home to a convenient airport, with car rental options on site.
For more on skiing in Northern BC, set a bookmark to check out the SnowSeekers #SkiNorthBC expedition page on a regular basis. More stories and videos will be coming out all season long.