Murray Ridge Ski Hill in Northwest BC is open to downhill skiers and snowboarders, and is known for great powder and sunny days. Prime downhill skiing and 12 miles (20 km) of cross country trails attractive winter enthusiasts.

The Murray Ridge Ski Area has been operational since the 1976-77 ski season. Managed by the Fort St. James Ski Club, the hill has seen many improvements over the years. Future developments include snow making equipment, expansion of the lodge and hopefully a chairlift someday.

The scenic gateway to an impressive network of lakes, rivers and mountains, the trading post of Fort St. James was originally established by the explorer Simon Fraser for the North West Company in 1806.

The fort was the social and economic heart of the fur-trade district, known as New Caledonia, and was the main contact point between fur traders and the Carrier Indians, with furs gathered here being shipped to the European market.

Today as a National Historic Site, Fort St. James still has buildings dating back to the 1880s and boasts the largest group of buildings representing the fur trade in Canada.

Murray Ridge Ski Hill, a family oriented ski hill, is located 6 miles (10 km) north of Fort St. James, and northwest of Prince George. From Prince George, drive west on Hwy 16 to Vanderhoof. Go through town continuing west until you reach the intersection of Hwy 27. Turn right and drive another 1/2 hour or so till Fort St James – the Murray Ridge Ski Area will be that big mountain behind town with all the runs – you really can’t miss it!

Murray Ridge Ski Hill
P.O. Box 866
Chalet Drive
Fort St. James, BC, V0J 1P0
Snow Phone:
December to late March
Lift Hours:
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Annual Snowfall:
300 cm (118 in)
Vertical Drop:
518m (1,700 ft)
Base Elevation:
Top Elevation:
1,980 m (6,500 ft)
Skiable Acreage:
Number of Trails:
22. Thirty kilometres of trails.
Novice: 27%
Intermediate: 33%
Advanced: 40%
Number of Lifts:
Lift Capacity:
Night Skiing:
Yes, 12 miles (20 km) of groomed and track set cross-country trails adjacent to the ski area, complete with a 3.7 km lighted loop and warm-up building.
Terrain Park:
Resort Services:
Day lodge, restaurant, pub, ski shop, ski & snowboard rentals and lessons.
Nearest Ski Areas:
Tabor Mountain Ski Resort, Purden Ski Village
Nearest Town:
Fort St. James
More Information:
Skiing & Winter Activities in Prince George & Northeast BC
Skiing & Winter Activities in Terrace, Smithers & Northwest BC