Mount Cain

Access to a massive backcountry playground from a resort with a core, rootsy feel.
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Mount Cain 2011

Sitting on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Mount Cain fired
up its first diesel T-bar in 1981. In 1988, the upper T-bar opened,
reaching an elevation of 5,800 feet and offering up a whopping 21
runs—and access to a massive backcountry playground. Several
easy ski tours get you to the Island range’s fabled terrain, including
the expansive West Bowl off the back side, all centered around a
decidedly backwoods resort with a core, rootsy feel.


Shames Mountain 2011

Shames Mountain

Thanks to the Coast range and the Pacific Ocean, the resort receives 475 inches of annual snowfall.

On a powder day, head out on CPR ridge, and go far, far down (you may think you’ve gone too far, but when a local blows by you at full speed, keep following her direction). Drop to your right for steep, soft trees, and at the bottom, keep heading right, waaay right, for soft snow all the way down. At the bottom you will funnel back to the base. 

Secrets of Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC, has few lifts, and it's not known for nightlife, lodging, shopping or even ease of access. What it is known for is a lot of dramatic, serious terrain. A few tips to maximize your trip.