Nickel Plate (Apex)/ China Ridge
Dates: March 3- 5, 2017 (Friday AM to Sunday)
Duration/Departure Time: 2 Nights, AM departure
Accommodation: Apex Mountain Inn
Cost: $255 Own bed, $185 Shared bed in a room with 2-3 other people
Type: Classic, Skate, Downhill, Snowshoeing
Pick up Locations & Times:
- Ont30 = Ontario and East 30th Avenue: 07:10
- BL= Boundary and Lougheed: 07:30
- Lang = Sandman Hotel, Langley: 08:00
Trip Leader: Diane Whiteley diane_whiteley AT telus.net
This trip is fully booked. To put your name on a waiting list, please contact the Trip Leader.
Our village accommodation is at the Apex Mountain Inn. All rooms have two queen beds, as well as a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. The village has four eating establishments and a small grocery store. Apex offers excellent downhill skiing. The alpine lifts are a short walk from the Apex Mountain Inn. Our Friday morning departure gives us one day to enjoy the trails at China Ridge and two days to enjoy the scenic Nickel Plate trails and/or the Apex Mountain downhill runs.
On our way to Apex (on Friday) we will ski at China Ridge near Princeton. (Best for classic skiing!) China Ridge has 20 km of track set trails and another 20 km of untracked trails for backcountry enthusiasts. There are three shelters on the trails where one can enjoy an outdoor fire, and there is an emergency warming hut about 10 km from the trailhead. While the terrain is undulating, most of the trails would be considered beginner to intermediate. Snowshoers will also enjoy the many trails at China Ridge.
On Saturday and Sunday, nordic skiers travel 7 km by bus to the Nickel Plate cross-country area where there is a heated day lodge, 56 km of beautifully groomed ski trails (classic and skate) and 25 km of snowshoe trails. At 6000 feet of elevation, Nickel Plate enjoys the longest ski season in the western hemisphere, with trails for all abilities.