Boundary Winter Fun
Shred, sled, ride or glide, in Boundary County it’s all about getting outside! Our frozen lakes, snowy slopes and valleys invite exploration, whether it’s by ski, snowmobile, skates or dog sled. Explore our vast outdoors. Cross-country ski the Trans Canada Trail, or shred Phoenix Mountain ski resort one run at a time. Sled the snowy alpine bowls near the Paulson Summit or skate, or ice fish the frozen shores of Wilgress Lake.
Boundary Country’s varied landscape means you choose your adventure: sledding up mountains, through the forests or across a wide, open range. Whether you like to ride steep and deep, or boondock through the trees, there’s a trail waiting for you here.
Downhill skiing can’t get much better with 3 excellent ski hills with something for everyone.
Big White, “Home of Okanagan Champagne Powder” is about 45 minutes drive from Kelowna and gets a whopping 750cm (24.5 ft.) average snowfall. With 15 lifts, 118 designated trails and a total uphill capacity of 28,000 skiers per hour Big White is the Boundarys largest Ski hill.
Mount Baldy resort is located on the south side of Mount Baldy between Oliver on Highway 97 and Westbridge on Highway 33. Baldy’s day lodge rests at 5,650 ft. above sea level, the ski area is lift serviced to 7000 ft. and the summit is 7557 ft.
Phoenix Ski Hill, called “Best Little Mountain in BC”, is a community ski resort, midway between Greenwood and Grand Forks. Phoenix is family friendly and affordable skiing at its best. A T-bar or towrope delivers you to nineteen blue, black or green runs providing a variety of terrain for a day on the slopes. Ski them all, or swap out your skis for your board, and take on the terrain park for some freestylin’ fun.
If Nordic skiing is more your scene, explore the Marshall Lake Trails above Phoenix Mountain’s ski hill. Snow shoeing has become a popular way to explore Marshall Lake. Work up an appetite skiing or shoeing the 17km of trails then duck into the authentic Dacha to warm up and eat your lunch.
In the fall of 2000 the Phoenix Ski Club organized a work party and over the period of a few weekends an A frame structure (the Dacha) was erected to serve as a shelter for the cross country skiers using the area. photo credit: Geoff Holman