- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 2
Date Visited: Oct 6, 2007
Ski Smithers is a funny little place, to say the least! On a powdery day its good fun although there are no really long runs to get into. There are a few nice "bowls" on the East side but thats about it as far as black terraine goes. You can tell that this place is run on the edge, so to speak, I mean, it feels a little like skiing back in about 1965 with only rickety tbars and one third hand triple chair. There isnt much on the mounatins as far as apres ski goes, you really need to get off the mountain at quittin' time to avoid the possibility of going into a ditch after dark and not being found till morning!
Aside from the 1960s era ski lodge and creaky lifts, the biggest issue with Ski Smithers is the long road up to the mountain from town. Its actually really close as the crow flies but takes about 25-30 minutes in the winter to get up there depending on the snow conditions. A few years ago there was talk of further development up at the mountain but that seems to have evaporated at present time. What you do get at Ski Smithers is great snow, great views and a truely cool town to go along with it. Dont expect big resort style skiing here, but do expect to have alot of space to yourself at a reasonably good price for a lift ticket.
It wont ever be a destination ski area unless the road is vastly improved and a few million bucks are pumped into facilities and that likely wont happen. At least you will always be able to afford a nice hotel room and good food.