Posted by: cherylyoung | June 3, 2012

Hemlock Resort is a quaint alpine community aqnde family winter recreation resort high above Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley

 

Hemlock Resort is a quaint alpine community

 and family winter recreation resort high above

 Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley of British

Columbia.

Outdoor activities include downhill skiing,

snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,

tobogganing and a tube park.

 

Hemlock Valley is one of the best kept secrets in

the British Columbian lower mainland, and

consistently has one of the best snowfalls in

South Western B.C.

 

Due its low elevation and close proximity to the

ocean, the depth of the snowpack at Hemlock

 Resort depends on a pattern of sustained cold

weather.

 

Please note that all vehicles travelling here in the

 winter are required to carry tire cables or chains

as the road to Hemlock Resort is a mountain road

and conditions can change quickly and dramatically.

 

 Carrying a shovel is a wise precaution as well.

 

Drive safely and with caution, and bear in mind

that a sunny morning can turn into a full-blown

winter storm by the end of the day.

 

Hemlock Resort ski area is located 8.5 miles (14 km)

north of Highway 7 from Harrison Bay, 60 miles

(100 km) east of Vancouver (2 hours).

 

From Vancouver, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1

east to Agassiz (Harrison Hot Springs exit) and

 follow Highway 9 through Agassiz to the Lougheed

Highway 7.

 

Continue west to Morris Valley Road, turn north

and follow the signs to Hemlock Resort.

 

A quaint family resort only 90 miles northwest of

Vancouver, Hemlock Valley Ski Resort is a world

away from Whistler Blackcomb and the other the

large resorts in British Colombia.

 

Hemlock Valley is a small, intermediate-friendly,

rustic resort an easy day trip from Vancouver and

a great place for a fun winter weekend in the

mountains.

The four lifts at Hemlock Valley Ski Resort service

thirty-four named runs over 300 skiable acres.

 

Nestled on a hill overlooking Harrison Lake,

Hemlock Valley Ski Area has a peak elevation of

4,500-feet above sea level and a vertical drop of

1,200 feet.

The high elevation means that much of the terrain at

Hemlock Valley Ski Resort is above the treeline.

Most of the trails at Hemlock Valley Ski Resort are

labeled blue and should be perfect for the average skier.

 

The Sasquatch triple chair services almost solely

intermediate terrain; Abominable being the longest

of the blue runs from the top of this lift.

After a brief black-rated slope at the top of the

Skyline double chair, the run beneath this lift

turns into a pleasant blue cruiser, Mainline.

The black diamond runs at Hemlock Valley Ski

Area are not likely to be much of a challenge to

expert skiers or snowboarders; intermediates will

find these quite manageable.

Most of the black terrain is off the Skyline lift.

 

Advanced skiers can head either direction off

the lift.

 

Ridgeview on skiers left takes you to several

diamond runs: Pete’s Pass, Happy Hooker,

Red Dog, and Shed Zone.

 

Beginners have a friendly learning area at the

bottom of Hemlock Valley.

 

First timers will like the Chaser run off the S

trawline rope tow; novices should try Dream off

the Whistlepunk lift.

For a longer green cruiser, head up the Skyline

 lift and take Ridgeline to Undercut to Slackline

to Molly Hogan for a long wind all the way from

top to bottom.

 

There is more winter fun at Hemlock Valley Ski A

rea than just alpine skiing and boarding.

 

Hemlock Valley also has a maintained network of

cross-country trails and a large snowtubing area.

 

Most visitors to Hemlock Valley Ski Resort can

make a day trip from Vancouver.

 

It’s not right in town like Grouse Mountain, but it

is still an easy car drive away. For those who

choose to ski a few days at Hemlock Valley Ski

Area, there is some pleasant accommodation at

the Hemlock Valley village and in the nearby

town of Agassiz.

 

Many of these are rustic log cabins or traditional

ski lodges, making a Hemlock Valley ski vacation

a great family break.

CHERYL YOUNG,REALTOR, VICTORIA BC

www.cherylyoung.ca

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