Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation in Boundary Country

Top Winter Activities

  1. Spend a day on the slopes at Big White, then relax in the village
  2. Explore the quiet solitude of The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) in winter cross-country skiing or snowshoeing
  3. Learn to ski on the quiet, gentle slopes at Phoenix Mountain community ski hill
  4. Angle for trout, small-mouth bass or mountain whitefish, ice-fishing Jewel Lake or Christina Lake
  5. Head up to Baldy Mountain Resort for some family ski fun
  6. Sled the snowy alpine bowls to Pass Creek east of Christina Lake
  7. Snowboard at the Telus Terrain Park at Big White
  8. Play a pick-up game of shinny, or take some turns on the outdoor rink, skating at Jewel Lake
  9. Explore Midway’s trail system on snowshoes or cross-country skis
  10. Book the guesthouse at the Old Cowboy Ranch in Westbridge and spend the weekend sledding acre upon acre of Crown lands surrounding the ranch

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Check avalanche reports before you head up any mountain.
  • Marshall Lake Nordic Trails and the warming Dacha are both dog-friendly
  • Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses are required (even in winter)
  • Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive eco systems. Please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
  • This area is prone to rapid changes in the weather, pack and dress accordingly
  • Learn the ice thickness in areas you plan to visit. Anything less than 2” is unsafe, while you need 4” for ice fishing and 5” for snowmobiles

Snow Much Fun

There’s plenty of winter recreation fun in Boundary Country. Shred, sled, ride or glide your way through the day. Boundary Country is all about getting outside! Our frozen lakes, snowy slopes and valleys invite exploration.

Come and discover Boundary Country by ski, snowmobile, skates or dog sled. Explore our vast outdoors. Cross-country ski The Great Trail, or head up to one of our three ski hills. Big White, Phoenix Mountain and Mount Baldy are ready for you to have some serious champagne powder fun.

Sled the snowy alpine bowls near the Paulson Summit, or skate or ice fish the frozen shores of Jewel Lake. One thing is certain, Boundary Country winters are snow much fun!

Dashing Through the Snow — Snowmobile Fun Snowmobile FunDiscover More

You may think of horse-drawn sleighs where you hear the words dashing through the snow. Here in Boundary Country, dashing through the snow means riding high in the saddle on a snowmobile!

Boundary Country’s varied landscape means you choose your adventure. Tackle the mountains on your sled as you climb higher and higher. Zig and zag your way through our many forests or zip across the wide open range. Maybe you like your rides steep and deep; perhaps you prefer slow and steady. Either way there’s a trail waiting for you.

Feel the crisp mountain air on your face as your snowmobile vibrates beneath you. Bundle up and climb to the Paulson Summit near Christina Lake. You can stop to warm up in the alpine hut. Take a deep breath of fresh air and be amazed at the mountain peaks laid out before you.Snowmobile Fun

Wind your way through snow-laden trees and explore Jewel Lake’s forested trails. Fill up on fresh powder at Christina Lake where forest service roads become snowmobile super highways. Then it’s straight up to snow filled bowls.

Bring your own sled and rent a cabin at Westbridge’s Old Cowboy Ranch. You can spend untold hours riding Crown lands through the narrow valley. Family-friendly fun is what snowmobiling in Boundary Country is all about.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Downhill Skiing & SnowboardingDiscover More

Bomb the black diamond, chill out on the bunny slopes, jib and jam at the terrain park, get stoked riding and sliding winter’s white blanket in Boundary Country. There are three ski hills in Boundary Country, each one with a winter wonderland for you to conquer!

Winter at Big White

Big White is a world class family ski resort. You’ll love the champagne powder and all the activities there. It is known as one of the best ski hills in Canada for people who don’t ski. The terrain here ranges from beginner easy to expert alpine. Big White has 188 designated trails: 18% beginner, 54% intermediate, 22% expert and 6% extreme. The longest run is 7.2 km (4.5 mi).

Big White offers alpine skiing, night skiing, a terrain park, snowboarding, snowshoeing and Nordic. They get over 7.5 m (24.5 ft) of champagne powder annually. Other activities at Big White include: dog sled tours, ice climbing, ice skating, tubing and sleigh rides. They also have dining tours, snowmobile tours, snow limo tours and snowshoe tours! See our Big White Winter page for more winter fun.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Phoenix Mountain Community Ski Resort

Come to Phoenix Mountain and teach yourself or your children how to ski without all the hubbub. Shush your way down wide-open runs, or tuck into shady glades. Phoenix Mountain community ski resort lies midway between Greenwood and Grand Forks. It is family friendly and affordable skiing at its best. A T-bar or towrope delivers you to 19 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.

Ski Baldy Mountain

Mt. Baldy is located between Rock Creek and Oliver in the western-most reaches of Boundary Country. An annual snowfall in excess of seven metres (20 ft) means you can count on consistent conditions when you’re skiing or riding.

Baldy Mountain Resort boasts a ratio of .2 skiers per acre of terrain. The small amount of traffic per person, per acre, means the snow rarely gets worn out. Beginners can start at the Carpet, and once they gain experience can graduate to the Sugarlump (quad) chair lift for novice and intermediate terrain. The Eagle chair lift takes you to the very top trails. There’s a green trail at the top for those who want a longer run.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoeing & XC SkiingDiscover More

Wind your way through forested landscapes covered in snow. Drink in the crisp winter air, hearing only the sound of your snowshoes or skis breaking the stillness surrounding you. Marvel that you can spend an entire day skiing or snowshoeing in Boundary Country, encountering few others, seeing only the occasional paw print on the trail before you.

Historic Trails

Get fit while you get away from it all. The majority of the hiking and biking trails (link to trails page) in Boundary Country are perfect for winter exploration too! Start at either end of Boundary Country, at Rock Creek or Grand Forks, or right in the middle at Midway (mile 0 of the KVR). Spend your day snowshoeing and cross-country skiing the The Great Trail and the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Glide across trestles in the shadow of frozen waterfalls as you marvel at this winter wonderland. You can rent snowshoes from Chain Reaction in Grand Forks.

Big White Resort

Big White has 25 km (15.5 mi) of combined Nordic and Wilderness trails created for country skiing and snowshoeing. Spend your day getting a goggle tan as you explore 14 km (8.6 mi) of trails. The trails are groomed daily with state of the art grooming equipment for both skate and classic technique. These trails are great for all levels from beginner to advanced. See our Big White Winter page for more winter fun.

Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing

Baldy Mountain

Located between Rock Creek and Oliver in the western-most reaches of Boundary Country, Baldy Mountain has several trails for winter exploration. There are approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails here, first created for 1995 BC Winter Games. More trails are planned for the future.

Marshall Lake Trails

For those who love Nordic skiing, the Marshall Lake trails above Phoenix Mountain are yours to explore. There are over 17 km (11 mi) of trails here. Pack a lunch and relax in the authentic Dacha where you can warm up and have a winter picnic! There are several hiking trails around Phoenix Mountain that double as cross-country and show shoe trails in the winter. Spend the day on the 14 km (8.6 mi) loop trail which takes you past a cemetery; the only thing left of a once booming town.

Frozen Lakes

Disconnect from your everyday routine and slide along Christina and Jewel Lake’s frozen surfaces. Hiking trails that go around the lakes are perfect for your winter adventures on snowshoes or cross country skis. Check with the local Visitor Centres to learn about ice thickness and safety during your visit.

Ice Fishing — Boundary Style Ice Fishing - Boundary styleDiscover More

Don’t let the snow and ice fool you; the fish are biting all year long in Boundary Country! Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air then get to work. Clear a skiff of snow from the lake’s frozen surface and drill a slushy hole. Then erect your shack or tent and drop in your line. Just beneath the glassy ice surface are rainbow trout, brook trout, burbot, and mountain whitefish.

Where to Fish

There are a number of places where you can settle in for a day of ice fishing. Some of the locals’ favourites include: Jewel, Williams, Wilgress and Xenia Lakes.Ice Fishing - Boundary Style

In the coldest years, when conditions permit, Christina Lake is the hot spot for winter fishing. This is where you’ll catch brag-worthy freshwater trout and small-mouth bass. For those of you that have never tried ice fishing, come to Boundary Country in February. The annual Wilgress Lake Ice Fishing Derby, held the Family Day weekend, is a great place to learn.

Get Licensed!

Note that you must have a fishing licence to fish in any season in the province of British Columbia. You can purchase your licence online at the Government of BC website.