7 Day Northern Winter Tour
Fly into Terrace where you will be picked up by Hayley (me) and taken to Skeena River House, a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast owned by two very friendly and gracious hosts, Kim and Brad. If anyone knows the mountains surrounding Terrace better than Brad, I would love to meet them! Both Brad and Kim are nuts about playing around on mountains and have some incredible stories to share.
Food is very (very) important to Adventure Camp. After booking you will be contacted to collaborate on a menu. Northern BC is famous for wild-caught salmon and haddock, and we choose organic meat and vegetables. Dinner is cooked in-house, family style, so you can help out or just relax, get to know the group and get stoked for the adventure to come! Price stated is for double occupancy, but single occupancy can definitely be arranged.
After a home cooked breakfast of eggs, fruit and Kim’s famous blueberry pancakes, you are shuttled just 20 minutes to Shames Mountain, famous for massive dumps of snow – 475 inches annually actually, making it one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America. We will get orientated and meet our local rider, who will spend the rest of the day showing us their favourite and secret locations on the hill. Lunch is taken on the hill, and that night we stay back at the Skeena River House to cook and eat as a group, reminiscing about the day’s adventure.
6am breakfast today before we set out on the 90 minute drive to Skeena Cat Skiing. Prepare yourself for an extreme day of backcountry skiing and boarding, without any of that pesky uphill exertion! It goes like this: We ride into some big terrain in a passenger cat. Get dropped off at the top of a line. Ride down, shedding all the way. Get picked up at the bottom. With that powder now destroyed, we venture off to find fresh slopes. And we do this an average of 11 times! This is what we locals like to do on special occasions, weekends, workdays… whenever we can! I honestly can’t recommend cat skiing enough! Lunch is provided, brown paper bag style and is eaten in the cat whenever we are heading up for more runs.
Enjoy your full cooked breakfast of eggs, sausage, ham, fruit, toast, pancakes, tea and coffee before we drive the 20 minutes up to Hudson Bay Mountain Resort. Named as one of North America’s best secret ski towns by National Geographic, you’ll always find fresh tracks and rarely a line-up. We will meet our local rider for the day and visit their favourite locations on the mountain. The locals are super friendly and often spend their summers cutting their own runs on the mountain, so it definitely pays to ride with someone who knows the terrain. Lunch is taken on the mountain. We ski until the lifts close or until you drop. Whichever comes first.
After a quick shower and change, we hit Main St in Smithers. There are almost more bars and restaurants than there are people in Smithers, and there is a wide range to choose from – Japanese, Greek, Mexican, steak, pub food – so relax and enjoy this beautiful Alpine-themed town before tumbling into bed back at your hotel.
Wake up early for a big day! After breakfast, we drive 10 minutes across town to Harvey Mountain Adventures. We meet Dustin, our snowmobile guide for the morning. You don’t need to be an experienced snowmobile driver to to join this tour, Dustin is a certified snowmobile instructor and has the knowledge and gear to keep you safe while having a total blast! The backcountry around Smithers is truly breathtaking, and the snow is deep, dry and plentiful. After this trip, you may never want to leave – that’s what happened to me!!
After around 3 hours, we return to Smithers to hit the road to Powder King Resort. Why not snooze. That’s what I would do if I wasn’t driving! Dinner is up to you. We can stop en-route, pick up some pizza to munch on the way, or wait till we get to Powder King to eat at the restaurant on the Resort.
Accommodation and eateries are all at the foot of the chairlift at Powder King, so once you arrive, it feels like nothing else on Earth exists. It’s Heaven.
Having arrived at Powder King in the dark last night, wake up this morning to see the mountains for the first time. And it’s spectacular. Take a breakfast sandwich, hash browns and coffee at the cafe, then we meet our local rider to show us the secret powder stashes on the mountain. With 5,500 acres of terrain and 27 runs, there are glades for days, and huge dumps of light fluffy snow is the icing on top. Lunch is taken in the cafe and we ski and board till dark (or until we can’t stand anymore).
The staff at Powder King live on the mountain during the season, so the bar and restaurant will be full of your new friends by the end of the day. Enjoy your night and walk to your room when you are ready to sleep.
Sadly, this is your last day on the snow. Get up early to revisit your favourite runs from yesterday, or discover something new. Depending on the time of your flights, we will have to pack up and say goodbye to all the locals. We get on the road and arrive at Prince George airport in around 2 hours for your flight home. We will miss you….until next time!Register Now!