Hudson Bay Mountain
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Visitor reviews for Hudson Bay Mountain Ski Resort
December 01, 2015
Steve Jennings from Canada
The ski hill is fun and challenging up to intermediate; not a lot of tough stuff for experts looking for day long adventure. It qualifies as a fun local hill with lots of benefits for easy access, varied terrain and few lineups. When the powder is hitting the mountain all day and night before you ski, it's awesome! And within 30 minutes of home. But when it hasn't snowed for 2 weeks and just been cold and clear, then it gets to be groomer/skied out boredom. Can't have it all, otherwise there would be 5,000 people on the hill if it was that good. Normally, a few hundred people on the hill so no lineups. Sadly, even if there was a high speed quad, it's unlikely that enough people would support it. So we are stuck with what we got!! I enjoy it and really appreciate the effort that the staff put in to make it fun and exciting! I see a few of their names doing reviews here!
Hudson Bay Mountain Ratings
Overall: 3.3. Based on 14 votes and 11 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Hudson Bay Mountain.
Public Transport: 2.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Hudson Bay Mountain.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Hudson Bay Mountain, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Hudson Bay Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Hudson Bay Mountain relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Hudson Bay Mountain are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Hudson Bay Mountain is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Hudson Bay Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Hudson Bay Mountain usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.1
(1) The staff at Hudson Bay Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Hudson Bay Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Hudson Bay Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Hudson Bay Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Hudson Bay Mountain has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.4
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.1
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.6
(1) Overall, Hudson Bay Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Hudson Bay Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 14, 2014
Andrew Chapman from Canada
After skiing at many resorts over the years, while ski racing or just recreational skiing, I have come to the conclusion that Hudson Bay Mountain is one of the best out there. The slopes are uncrowded with consistently great ultra dry powder, and the tree skiing, especially, is great. The staff and locals are friendly and there are plenty of expert riders here to shred with. Think Rossland B.C. of the north. It's truly a unique riding experience and the long trail to town from the summit is one of only a few like it in North America. The trail to town is similar in length to the Horstman glacier to Whistler village run.
January 12, 2014
David Russell from Australia
We discovered this place after visiting many BC resorts and fell in love with many things.
1. The snow is almost always dry and often powder which stays for many days.
2. The easy access to town for supplies.
3. The locals are always helpful and friendly.
4. While there is limited on-hill accommodation, those that are available are excellent self catering, almost 5 Star.
5. While the day lodge is not new, it has been refurbished recently and the food is reliably good, and the service, particularly in the lounge area, is excellent.
6. The runs are well groomed and have plenty of un-groomed powder close to the groomers, which is good for groups who like different skiing.
7. In short, we love the place so much we bought a cabin there and visited every year for the last 12 seasons!
December 31, 2013
Greg Tamblyn from Canada
Hudson Bay Mountain is a small ski hill (by BC standards) with limited terrain, but excellent snow and few people. This is a great place for families and is very close to Smithers. For the powder hounds, you can often find untracked powder days after a storm if you know where to look - ask a local and you may be lucky enough to get a guide. Accommodation and food is limited on the hill, but many options are available in town.
December 23, 2013
Local from Canada
"Disgruntled" leaves a harsh review but it is based on facts. Three other reviewers here are all staff at the skill hill so their glowing reviews are a bit biased. It was nice of them to use their real names though.
[note from the editor: names of individuals are not included in reviews.]
November 28, 2013
Brendon Vanstone from New Zealand
I've come to Hudson Bay Mountain a bunch of times now. I love it over here and compared to NZ the snow is in a separate scale of awesomeness all together. The powder I've seen here on my trips has been nothing like I've seem before. I didn't even know how to ski this at first; snow hitting my waste in places it was so deep. Even though it's a commercial hill it has the feel of a club field like we have back home, due to the staff and fact the lifties remember you and talk to you while you are loading. The price is hell of a lot less than we pay also. This terrain would cost us 80 bucks back home, and we have no tree runs! I will be back. Great party town also.
December 06, 2012
disgruntled from Canada
Sorry folks but the truth be told:
A great hill to take the kidlets up and be entertained for the day. Terrain is at best for beginner to intermediates with very little steep turns. You can mosey out of bounds for some gladed steeps; which some locals took upon themselves to clear out. It's good for about 4-5 turns before you have to make the traverse back to the chairlift.
The chair itself could be in a museum and probably will be there in the next couple of years. New paint and padding was the incentive of hbm to up the price for lift tickets and seasons passes to an extent which rivals with some of the bigger hills down south.
For comparison, you can get a seasons at Revelstoke which boasts over 5000 vertical ft. with great terrain and multi-highspeed lifts for another 50 bucks compared to the easy breezy terrain and 1 triple chair and two T-bars at good ol Smithers... justified? I think not...not only are the prices outrageous, so is the marketing team which puts out photos promoting the mountain which aren't even on the mountain!
The motto is "it's all about the powder errr..money... and to try to get people to buy the ridiculous condos which are on the shady side of the valley for a pole in and pole out experience via a flat road or I mean "run" sidewinder. Realism is not a concept for the 'team' at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort...
Don't get me wrong, it's better than nothing, but when there are no other options around. It's hard not to compare and say something when you know you're getting hooped in the Bulkley valley.
March 23, 2010
Chrissy Driedger from Canada
Formerly Ski Smithers but now Hudson Bay Mountain; it is such a fantastic mountain with amazing views, incredible snow and awesome people!
Don't take my word on it check out Hudsonbaymountain.com
and if you haven't already experienced what everyone is talking about try it for yourself!
Great from beginners to advanced.
March 09, 2010
Jessica Smith from Canada
When they say "its always been about the powder" it's no lie! I have never experienced better snow, better people and better terrain that at Ski Smithers!
January 16, 2006
Waterloo Girl from Canada
I was 12 when I first skied on Hudson Bay when I moved from Ontario. I had skied for many years before, but never on a mountain as breathtaking and magnificant....from the very first run....I knew that it was where my heart belonged. The real difference between Ski Smithers and all the other ski resorts is that this one is not as commericalized, exposing all to the natural beauty of what skiing really is...ultimate freedom...to be one with the mountain......absolutely incredible..........