Shames Mountain ski and snowboard area in the Coastal Mountain range of British Columbia is one of North America’s best kept secrets, known for its great views and more snow than any other lift-served ski area in North America!

Enjoy the massive amounts of snow without the lineups or crowds! Shames allows skiers and snowboarders easy access to an amazing backcountry environment If you like tree skiing, steeps, big mountains or just powder, Shames has it all!

The first year that Shames Mountain Ski Area was opened, it had to close. Seems they weren’t expecting quite so much snow: the top of the ski lift got snowed under. Shames Mountain boasts the most accumulated snow of any ski hill in North America – but just try telling that to Mount Baker Ski Area in Washington state!

Shames Mountain is located in the Shames Valley of Northwest BC, 22 miles (35 km) west of Terrace and 85 miles (137 km) east of Prince Rupert. Shames lies 13 km off Highway 16, between Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Shames Mountain Ski Corporation
P.O. Box 119
4805 Highway 16 West
Terrace, BC, V8G 4A2
Snow Phone:
Mid December to Mid April
Lift Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday
Christmas Season and Spring Break – open daily
Annual Snowfall:
12 metres (40 feet) Tons of Snow!!!!!!
Vertical Drop:
488 m (1,600 feet)
Base Elevation:
700m (2,300 ft)
Top Elevation:
1,189m (3,900 ft)
Skiable Acreage:
57 hectares (141 acres), Natural Glades 45 hectares (111 acres)
Number of Trails:
28. Longest Run 4 km (2.5 miles)
Novice: 21%
Intermediate: 60%
Advanced: 19%
Number of Lifts:
3 – 1 double chair, 1 T-bar, 1 handle tow
Lift Capacity:
2,100 skiers per hour
Night Skiing:
Terrain Park:
Resort Services:
Day lodge, Panhandler Cafe, Galloway’s Mountain Bar, ski shop, ski & snowboard rentals, repair shop, lockers, Ski/Snowboard School.
Nearest Ski Area:
Hudson Bay Mountain Resort
Nearest Towns:
Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert
More Information:
Skiing & Winter Activities in Prince George & Northeast BC
Skiing & Winter Activities in Terrace, Smithers & Northwest BC