Ski Canada: Summit Lake Ski Area

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Written by bike posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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Come to Summit Lake to experience the warmer side of the Kootenays. Ski British Columbia’s Nakusp Range to enjoy their pleasant sunny climate and 150 inches (381 cm) of annual powder.

The slopes at Summit Lake get a daily grooming for your skiing and riding pleasure. (Summit Lake Ski Area)


This small Canadian Rockies ski hill is set in southeast BC and has great terrain. It has been run and maintained by volunteers for the last 30 years, including daily grooming of the trails and slope monitoring by ski patrol members.
Summit Lake Ski Area has ten runs total, which range from beginner to expert. The terrain is serviced by a t-bar and a rope tow, which can collectively move about 700 people per hour.
The resort rises 500 vertical feet from its base. Of the 30 acres of skiable acres, there are 50% beginner, 40% intermediate and 10% advanced runs.
There is a dedicated learning area and bunny hill for those who are new to the slopes and a terrain park for those that feel comfortable on powder.
The area also has a day lodge with a full-service cafeteria, a ski shop open for rentals and a ski & board school offering lessons with qualified instructors.

The perfect corduroy after machine grooming. (Summit Lake Ski Area)


Summit Lake also has trails (groomed and ungroomed) for cross-country skiers and allows snowmobiling in the area.
The resort is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Night hours run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Consult Summit Lake and the weather report for night skiing schedules. The season runs from mid-December to late March.
The area around Summit Lake is sparsely inhabited by humans, but is home to beaver, muskrat, otter, weasel, deer, elk, black bear, grizzly bears, cougar, herons, osprey, bald and grey eagles, hawk, owls, hummingbirds and even the occasional moose.
Summit Lake Ski Area is located 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Nakusp in the Kootenays of British Columbia. While you’re there, check out the Nakusp Hot Springs, which also has some cross-country trails! Don’t miss your chance at the incredible experience of soaking in relaxing hot springs out in a snowy wilderness.
The two other closest ski resorts are Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Whitewater Ski Resort.
There are even more cross-country skiing trails nearby, at the Wensley Creek Cross-Country Ski Trails, just south of Naksup off Highway 6 (at Box Lake). These trails feature a variety of difficulty levels and a warming shelter at the mid-point of the 6-mile (9 km) trail system.
To get to Summit Lake Ski Area, take Highway 23 from the towns of Revelstoke and Nakusup.
Please note that Summit Lake only accepts cash as a form of payment on the mountain (no personal checks or debit/credit cards).
Telephone: (250) 265-3312

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