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Snuggled up there in northern British Columbia, 36 kilometres northwest of Terrace, Shames is the biggest ski area to open in western Canada since Nakiska was created for the 1988 Winter Olympics. December 15, 1990, was the opening day of this magnificent, new area with its heart thumping, drop dead view that just doesn’t quit at the 1,177 metre level.... With all it has to offer, this jewel in the tiara of western Canadian slopes will undoubtedly become known mainly for the snow, which is one of the resort’s most valuable assets. A week after the hill’s 1990 opening, 300 centimetres of snow fell from the heavens in just eight days. Some of the local snorkel skiers I talked to said they were up to their armpits off-trail that week.... On the glorious April weekend I spent at Shames, the conditions were excellent on a mid-mountain ski base of 234 cm. I watched 12 cm of snow fall from the sky to the earth in a single day.
Ski Canada magazine.
This mountain (Shames) is blessed by the snow gods... The first year it opened (1990), 72 feet fell from the heavens. We’re talking about some pretty fun-packed powder days... Some people spend thousands of dollars to find powder, but at this mountain, all you have to buy is a lift ticket.
Snowboard Core magazine.
Top 10 annual average snowfall 1378(cm) in North America
Shames Mountain, B.C.
Washington, D.C -based
National Ski Areas Association
The woods at Shames Mountain are lovely, dark and deep. And Shin Campos could give a flake about promises because he’s riding epic, dry, light powder. Wha-hoo!
TransWorld Snowboarding magazine
... the easily accessible outlying area offers some delicious off-piste possibilities and then some. After a short hike, that’s where we found ourselves, rolling over some powdery tree-lined hills down to an unbelievably huge, 50-degree horseshoe-shaped bow. It was one of nature’s ready-made snow parks sitting there, with any number of lines available. You could hurl off just about any spot on the rim, or cut hard-guy extreme turns down the face, both of which Allan Clark managed with his flawless fluid style. The possibilities, as they say, were endless, this feature alone making exploration worthwhile. From there it was down through a gully lined with the kind of topography that a snow-slider can make the most of. Past the gully we were back into the area which is nicely pitched and fun to ride, but it’s the Shames backcountry–incredible, sonnet-inspiring peaks rolling on and on into the distance–that make it work the trip. The snow was typical of the area–so cold out that it was light, fresh and sweet.
abstract from editorial feature “The Other Canada”,
TransWorld Snowboarding magazine
It’s all monstrous evergreens, deep snow packs, massive granite slabs and precious slopes rising into those ever-stupefying West Coast clouds and for all one knows, towards infinity.
Best Kept Secrets: Powder King, Mackenzie, B.C. and Shames Mountain, Terrace, B.C. (Well, they may be short-lived secrets now that we’ve run the Grunge Tour feature this issue.
5 best bets for drowning in powder: Shames (15 to 23 metres)... The Powder 5 include typical seasonal average depths.
Top 5 out-of-bounds: Shames was one of them! You’ll have to head for the Alps if you want anything better off-piste.:
Warning: 'Shames Mountain Ski Corporation’s snowfall will make you want to quit your job, quit your family, quit your friends, and head for British Columbia. The talent in Coastal Disturbance is “B” list and the videography is sub-par, but that doesn’t matter. WASP films, an acronym for “We Ain’t Spielberg Productions,” has accomplished its goal–to make you want to ski, and more specifically, ski Shames.'
Coastal Disturbance video review
BTW, there's gonna be el nino this winter so don't come now, unless you really want to. Wait till el nina, it'll be INCREDIBLE.
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