The Latest No Lift Ski Resort for Backcountry Skiers


Following in the tracks of Bluebird, USA, there's a new mountain area in Canada aimed at the growing ski touring trend, Hankin Evelyn near Smithers, BC

The fact that it has no lifts, no base lodge and no ski school, is exactly what is the attraction of Hankin Evelyn, with more skiers in search of the non-commercialised backcountry skiing experience. 

In 2008 local Brian Hall initiated the project with the assistance of Jay Gilden and the BV Backpackers Society. By 2010 the runs had been cut, an existing fire lookout upgraded to a winter ready cabin, and a new warming hut constructed.

The project was adopted by the Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society and fell under the umbrella of Recreation Sites and Trails BC and remains managed by these organisations.The BBSS is a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a safe and vibrant backcountry skiing community in north-west British Columbia.

With the help of sponsors, they maintain the Hankin-Evelyn Recreation area, the latest no-lifts ski resort. With 13 cut runs and alpine bowls, the terrain options make it an excellent destination for both beginner and expert backcountry skiers alike. They also manage the Hankin Fire Lookout Cabin and Ashman Skylark Trailer which provide rustic overnight shelter for those wanting to access the harder to reach powder stashes. 

There is no charge to ski at the Hankin-Evelyn Trails.

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