Hankin-Evelyn Ski Areas
The Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation area proved to be a new approach to backcountry skiing in the Bulkley Valley. Essentially a ski resort without lifts or groomers, a series of eleven cut trails are found below treeline with opportunity for alpine skiing in any number of bowls. This model leaves the daily ski objective up to your group, with something to put a smile on everyone's face.
In 2008 local Brian Hall initiated the project with the assistance of Jay Gilden and the BV Backpackers Society. By 2010 the runs had been cut, an existing fire lookout upgraded to a winter ready cabin, and a new warming hut constructed. The project was adopted by the Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society and fell under the umbrella of Recreation Sites and Trails BC and remains managed by these organizations. Local businesses has long be faithful supporters, see our sponsors below! All road plowing is done with the help of donations and RSTBC, and maintenance on the trails by generous volunteers.
Hankin Backcountry Ski Area features low elevation snowshoe and cross-country ski loops which are not trackset. Nine cut runs exist below treeline as well as an overnight cabin and day-use warming hut. Alpine bowls are accessible, as the cut runs extend to treeline, but are not however a part of the recreation area, please use your best judgement and caution when enetering these areas. Be smart, prepared and aware, you are in the wilderness.
Head north of Smithers on Highway 16, and exit the highway on Kitseguecla Loop Road. Follow the signage for the ski area. Approximately 8km on Kitseguecla Lake Road before turning left onto the newly anointed Uptrack Forest Service Road for another 8km will bring you to the Hankin Mountain Parking Lot.
Please respect our policy of allowing the warming hut found at the top of the cut runs to remain a day-use cabin. It was never intended to allow for overnight stay and as such is not equipped. You will find an emergency first aid kit, and some effects left by visitors over the years. Please sign our logbook to share your travels.
You can book the Fire Lookout Cabin for groups, it sleeps approximately six people comfortably. It is equipped with basic cookware, white gas stove (bring your own gas) and firewood. Please leave the cabin as you found it, and use the wood stove responsibly. Find a link to book this cabin below. All proceeds from booking this cabin go directly to maintaining this ski area and cabin!