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Cross country Skiing

Cross country skiing in the wilderness is a peaceful and often spiritual experience. The following are some of the trails and areas for XC skiing in British Columbia. Obviously there are many more in this wild land of winters snows, but these are tried and true.

 

Vancouver Island

 

Mt Wash resortMount Washington has trails from 2 km to 7 km. It is 31 km west of Courtney and charges a small fee for upkeep of the trails.

(Photo courtesy Mt Washington Alpine Resort.)

 

Arrowsmith Mtn ski area lies 32 km out of Port Alberni. The Lodge offers meals, rentals and instruction.

 

Forbidden Plateau in south Strathcona Provincial Park has a network of trails for beginners to advanced. It is 19 km west from Courtney and has a lodge.

 

Cream Lake Trail in the northern section of the park has two lodges in the vicinity.

 

Mt. Cain has 20 km of marked trails mostly for intermediates and advanced skiers, due to the terrain, although the loops around Mistaken lake are easy enough for beginners.

 


Southwestern BC

 

Tetrahedron

Northeast of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. One of the most picturesque and newer areas close to Vancouver.

 

Cypress Provincial Park offers developed ski trails. Enter the park from the Upper Levels Highway before Horseshoe Bay.skiing

 

 

Mt. Seymour has several km of trails within thepark. From Vancouver, cross the Second Narrows bridge, take the Deep Cove ramp and follow the signs.

 

Sky Pilot in the Squamish area is reached by a logging road from town. There is ski mountain-eering in a setting of alpine peaks. Loch Lomond and Omer Lake are good for family outings.

 

Garibaldi has a couple of glaciers that are for advanced skiers. Diamond Head, and Brohm Ridge are day trips for beginners. Intermediates may want to try the spectacular Black Tusk Meadows. In the north of the park Cheakamus Lake and Microwave Road are day trips. The many others require overnight camping. Wedgmount Lake and Singing Hut have huts. Spearheads traverse is for the advanced, and takes 4-6 days.

 

Whistler also has some glacier travel for overnight trips, and many trails for intermediates.

 

Pemberton lies north of Whistler. It is a pretty village surrounded by mountains, and is a nice change from cosmopolitan Whistler. Most of the trails are for advanced and intermediate and take 2 to 3 days. Icefields on some of the nearby mountains, and some beautiful trails along various creeks.

 

Mt Waddington: for the truly adventurous ski mountaineer. This area has some of the highest peaks in BC, glaciers, and icefields. Fly in.

 

 

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