The Canada Day Weekend Ski Trip to the Chilcotin

There is snow above 4,000 feet around Howe Sound. We thought there would be plenty above 5,000 in the north country. We were wrong β€” but we had a good time anyhow. First, here is the snow. We stopped at Railroad Pass on the Hurley River Road. The Pass is just above 4,500 ft.

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Bruce put on his skis, determined to make at least one turn. I was content to glissade on a patch of snow and Milton walked barefoot on the snow. [more in the next pane, click the title if you cannot see it…

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We had heard that our best chance for skiing was on Green Mt., just south of Goldbridge. We did stop to look. Green Mt. was much more green than white.


There is snow up there, and more on the other side, but going there seemed like too much work for too few turns.

Bruce was born in Pioneer Mines — his family left for Revelstoke when he was tiny. This was the weekend for the Bridge River Reunion. We spent time meeting people who knew the family and visiting the mine.

Goldbridge offered a pancake breakfast and the local hotel had a pool table.
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We knew we’d make the journey to Pioneer Mines.
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The homes of the people who worked at Pioneer Mines were across Cadwallader Creek. The story is that some houses were so close to the creek that clotheslines would be strung across the creek. The water was fast, and the bridge did not look like it had been tested lately for safety.
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3 Responses to “The Canada Day Weekend Ski Trip to the Chilcotin”

  1. 1 Raul July 3, 2008 at 8:33 am


    Looks like good times πŸ™‚ Although… snow and I dont agree with each other πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Robert July 3, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Comfy clothes make snow fun. The trouble was, I packed lots of snow-play clothes (even avalanche gear!), and no bathing suit.

    We stayed at a cabin on Gun Lake. I had no idea that that remote pond was very popular up-scale cottage-country.

    Most of my pictures show mountains that I might like to explore… but don’t make much of a story (boring to anyone else). I really wanted to talk about GPS tracks and show some of the maps from Trail Repository that will take a GPS file (in GPX format) and draw it on the BC Provincial Basemap. When the map is printed, it fits on a standard 8×11 sheet of paper, and has the UTM grid superimposed. I realized that some of the tracks led to some private places that I was uncomfortable revealing on the web.

  3. 3 bruce July 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

    thanks for posting this. i’d like to go back for a few more days. how about you?


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