two Ski Resorts in the Fraser Valley and Neighbouring Area:
Hemlock Valley Ski Resort and Fraser Valley
Hemlock Valley Resort is a quaint
alpine community and family winter recreation resort high above Harrison
Lake in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, and one of the best
kept secrets in the Lower Mainland. Outdoor activities include downhill
skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling,
tobogganing and a tube park. This is a small, regional winter recreation
destination that is also beginning to develop its trails for summer
use by mountain bikers.
Due to its low elevation and close proximity to the ocean, Hemlock
Valley fares better in some years than others, but consistently has
one of the best snowfalls in South Western B.C. The depth of its snowpack
depends on a pattern of sustained cold weather. Despite Hemlock Valley
Ski Area's low elevation, local skiers and snowboarders make the most
of its three chairlifts (one triple, two double), which access its
rolling, contoured bowl. Hemlock Valley Ski Area is located 8.5 miles
(14 km) north of Hwy 7 from Harrison Bay, northwest of Agassiz.
good cross-country skiing in the woods surrounding Post Creek
near the north end of Chilliwack Lake. Signs nailed high on the trunks
of fir trees indicate the routes. One particularly good one runs beside
the Chilliwack River between Post Creek and the provincial park at
Manning Park Resort in the Cascade
Mountains near the British Columbia/Washington border offers downhill
skiing and snowboarding, and is the premier cross-country and snowshoeing
destination in southwestern British Columbia. The resort is accessed
off the Crowsnest Highway 33 on the border between the tourism regions
of Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, and offers
more than 62 miles (100 km) of ungroomed beginner, intermediate, and
advanced cross-country ski trails, as well as snowshoeing opportunities.
For downhill skiers and snowboarders, the Gibson Pass Ski Area,
a private operation located in the park, offers a variety of slopes
and runs with its two chairlifts, T-bar and beginners' handle tow.
It also features a ski school, groomed and track-set cross-country
ski trails, equipment rentals, a day lodge, and day care. Total vertical
drop here is 1,417 feet (431 m). Manning Park Resort is located in
Park on Highway 3, 40 miles (63 km) east of Hope
and approximately 140 miles (220 km) east of Vancouver
Winter camping for self-contained units is available at the
Lightning Lake day-use area, and for tenters there is the Lone Duck
winter camping area. The extensive trail system of the Cascade
Provincial Recreation Area, which is accessed from Hwy 3 in Manning
Provincial Park, provides the opportunity for ski touring, but no
huts or shelters are available.
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