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Winter in the North Thompson

Pure Winter Fun

Welcome winter with open arms in the North Thompson. We have over 1.2 million acres of white powdered playground thanks to coastal wind crashing into our cool, dry northern climate. Ski, heli-ski or CAT-ski down slopes of pure powder. Chase the snow to the summit, powered by a snowmobile. Propel yourself on skis or snowshoes on un-groomed or tracked winter trails through tranquil forests. Gather the family together for a skate on Cranberry Marsh. Embrace the Canadian winter wilderness with unabashed abandon.

Pure wilderness, a step away from wherever you are. This is winter in the Canadian wild; iconic, unyielding with endless potential and boundless opportunities.

We Know Snow

Hunt for pristine powder and million dollar views and ski the North Thompson Valley. Enjoy the uncrowded slopes of Sun Peaks Resort and the back-country heli-skiing found at Mike Wiegele’s Heli Ski in Blue River. Head over to the community hill of Clearwater and the power board slopes of Valemount. There’s a ski run here for every level of skier. If you’d rather glide than slide, strap on your Nordic skis and take to winter forest. there are plenty of easy to access trails in every North Thompson community.


Snowmobiling is the definitive way to explore the mountains and alpine bowls throughout the North Thompson Valley come winter. There’s family-friendly sledding tours in Sun Peaks, and fresh powder near Barriere. Go full throttle in the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains surrounding Blue River, or gather with “sled heads” for epic riding in Valemount. Venture off the beaten path, plowing through oceans of snow or boondock through mountain forests. The backcountry trail system throughout the North Thompson Valley will leave you with endless thrills to brag about.

Warm up in Winter

Get your winter party on with fun-filled events in our snow bound nirvana. Check with the local Visitor Centres to find out exact dates and times.

Top Ways to Play in the Snow in The North Thompson Valley

  1. Book an adventure at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, in Blue River for epic Heli-ski, Heli-board and CAT-ski exploits
  2. No line-ups, no marks, and over 137 runs of downhill skiable terrain sit in the winter wilderness of Sun Peaks Resort
  3. Choose your adventure: ride steep and deep, through alpine bowls or across frozen lakes with snowmobiling adventures in each of our destinations
  4. Cross-country your way through our snow covered valleys, moving smoothly over stunning trails and seeing your breath in the frosty air.
  5. Find your new favourite vintage in Sun Peaks at a winter wine tasting event
  6. Ring in the New Year in style in Sun Peaks Resort during the Torch Light Parade every New Year’s Eve.
  7. Hear the ice slice under your skates, with the night sky looming above as you glide the frozen waters of Sun Peaks Resort, and Cranberry Marsh in Valemount
  8. Let the dogs do the walking (or running!) while you sit back and enjoy the scenery dog sledding across snowy trails in Sun Peaks  and Valemount
  9. Identify woodland animal tracks as you explore the North Thompson Valley on snowshoes in pine-scented air
  10. Sit around a roaring campfire, a mug of marshmallow-filled hot chocolate in hand, reminiscing and connecting with friends old and new