Located a couple of hours from Vancouver near Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is a ski hill that used to be was known as Hemlock Valley.
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Sasquatch Ski Hill in the Hemlock Valley
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is the Lower Mainland’s least well-known and most underrated ski hill.
Even before changing its name from Hemlock to Sasquatch in 2017, few Vancouverites have been to the resort or even know it’s a local ski hill. Despite that fact, which is likely a major reason for the rebranding, Sasquatch is a sizeable ski destination that offers, in good years, some of the best snow in the region.
Current Ski Conditions
As of January 15th, 2021, the resort has not received any new snow over the past 48 hours. Sasquatch Mountain is not currently reporting year-to-date cumulative snowfall. The resort does though report a snow depth of 285 cm at alpine levels (which is down 28 cm from three days before). The resort has also stopped reporting snow levels at its Lodge-level base.
As of the same date, temperatures at the resort range between -1 and +2 degrees, with sunny skies and even more sun in the forecast. The tubing park has opened as has the mountain’s night skiing operations.
Last day of the 2020/21 is expected to be April 5th in 2021 (all things going according to plan).
Where is Sasquatch Mountain?
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is located at 20955 Hemlock Valley Road outside Agassiz in the Fraser Valley. It’s a couple of hours drive east of Vancouver and, conveniently, not far from the beautiful resort town of Harrison Hot Springs.
Note: Sasquatch Mountain Resort is not to be confused with Sasquatch Provincial Park. North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour skill hill is located in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, and West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park.
The Sasquatch ski resort, meanwhile, is located on the west side of Harrison Lake and the provincial park with the same name is located a 1-hour drive away on the opposite side of the lake. Both are great places to check out, with one at its peak in the winter and the other in the summer.
Directions to Sasquatch Mountain
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is fairly easy to get to if you have a car, and it’s actually closer to places east of Abbotsford and Mission than the Lower Mainland’s other major ski hills.
Driving east along the Trans-Canada Highway from Vancouver, in Abbotsford take the Sumas Exit (#92) for Highway #11 heading north towards Mission.
Sumas Way (a.k.a., Highway 11) takes you past Abbotsford’s Cactus Club restaurant (on the right), through town and then onto the Abbotsford-Mission Highway (which is still Highway 11).
Cross the Mission Bridge over the Fraser River, past the mall with the SilverCity movie theatre, and as you get into Mission look out for signs to Highway #7 East.
At the intersection with the #7 (Lougheed) Highway, turn right and continue along until you reach the Sasquatch Inn at 46001 Lougheed Highway near Harrison Mills.
Just before the Inn, turn left onto Morris Valley Road and continue on up until eventually turning left onto Hemlock Valley Road which leads to the ski resort’s Day Lodge and parking area.
Sasquatch Mountain Ticket Prices
Being a lesser-known ski hill and a bit out of the way, ski passes at Sasquatch Resort are quite reasonable, especially if going on a weekday early in the week.
Below is information about rates for downhill skiing, night skiing, tubing and snowshoeing. (Note: Prices and other details are subject to change.)
2020/2021 Ski Day Passes
New for 2020, Sasquatch Mountain has introduced a variable pricing system. Tickets are limited and are less expensive the earlier you book and on weekdays. On the cheapest days, an adult ski day pass starts at around $39 plus tax.
Below is the range of ticket prices as of December 2020:
- Adults (ages 19-64): $39 to $89
- Seniors (ages 65+): $29 to $79
- Super Seniors (ages 85+): free
- Youth (ages 13-18) and Students (with valid student ID): $29 to $79
- Children (ages 6-12) $19 to $69
- Ages 5 and Under: free
Night Skiing at Sasquatch
Night Skiing usually takes place on Friday evenings starting in mid-January and its hours are from 4 pm to 8 pm. There is no additional charge for skiers paying the full-day rate on the same day. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
Three runs are typically open for Night Skiing – Bigfoot, Dream and Chaser. The first is a Blue or intermediate run, and the other two are both marked Green for beginners.
Night skiing rates posted in January 2020 were the following. Rates for the 2021 ski season will likely be comparable.
- Adults (ages 19-64): $36
- Youth (ages 13-18) and Students (with valid student ID): $28
- Seniors (ages 65+): $28
- Children (ages 6-12) $20
- Families (2 adults plus 2 dependent children ages 18 and under): $93
- Ages 5 and Under: free
Tubing Pass Costs
Tubing rates are for 2 hours. Folk ages 6 and older cost $25 in the 2020/2021 season (plus GST) and children 5 and under are free.
The Tube Park at Sasquatch Mountain is a new facility as of a couple years ago. When conditions allow, it operates on Friday nights from 4 until 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm.
Sasquatch Mountain Resort has a couple of great snowshoeing trails. Both cost around $15 per person. The Base Loop is nice and easy through the trees and fairly level. The Mt. Klaudt Loop, meanwhile, includes an “intense uphill climb.”
Guided 2 and 3-hour snowshoeing tours are also available, and cross-country skiing is permitted on the Base Loop trail.
Season ticket-holders from Sasquatch Resort get about a 25% discount when showing their passes at these two other Lower Mainland ski hills, as well as at Manning Park Resort during specific dates. In return, most years, season’s pass holders from these other resorts get 25% off day ticket prices at Sasquatch.
About Sasquatch Mountain
Whereas the North Shore’s Grouse, Seymour and Cypress ski hills serve most of Metro Vancouver, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is the closest snow-sport destination for skiers in the Fraser Valley and places east of Abbotsford.
What’s striking about Sasquatch Mountain for us is the size of its huge open spaces. Much of the mountain is completely wide open.
The hill also has a variety of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels. Of the 35 or so runs at the resort, about 7 are marked Green for easy, 12 are marked Blue for intermediate and an impressive 16 (or 45%) are marked as Black Diamonds for advanced skiers.
Sasquatch Resort has some of the region’s oldest ski facilities, which means slower chairs and no quad lifts. It makes up for this though with slightly lower prices, fewer crowds, shorter lineups and generally better snow.
The resort is also presently in the planning stages for major expansion. If all goes according to plan, in the not too distant future, Sasquatch Mountain will be the largest ski resort in the Lower Mainland, complete with golf courses, a boating marina on Harrison Lake and enough terrain to rival even Whistler.
Note: Sasquatch Mountain is a no-smoking facility. Neither vaping nor smoking of any kind is permitted anywhere at the resort.
Presently Sasquatch Mountain has four ski lifts – the Skyline Double Chair, Whistle Punk Double Chair, Bigfoot Carpet Lift and the Sasquatch Triple Chair. This compares with 5 lifts at Mount Seymour which has a high speed quad, two double chairs, a magic carpet lift, and a Tots Area Wonder Carpet.
Sasquatch Stats & Snow Conditions
At just over 1300 metres (or 4,320 feet) in elevation, Sasquatch Mountain gets between 9 and 10.5 metres (or 30 to 35 feet) of snowfall in a typical year, which is comparable to that of the North Shore Mountains closer to Vancouver.
Being inland and so away from the milder climate of the coast, however, the snow at Sasquatch is generally drier and of a higher quality for skiing.
The vertical drop at Sasquatch Mountain is 363 metres (or 1192 feet), which is virtually identical to that of North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour, and only around 10% less than Grouse Mountain.
The summit elevation at Sasquatch is 1,333 metres (or 4,374 feet) and the base area is at 970 metres (or 3182 feet). The resort covers about 121 hectares (or 300 acres) of terrain with three dozen downhill and snowboarding runs. The longest trail at Sasquatch is 2.07 km (or 1.29 miles) and the resort has 13 kilometres of cross-country and snowshoeing trails, 8 new lanes of tubing and a hill for sledding.
The facilities at Sasquatch Mountain Resort are small and simple, but adequate. There’s a lodge with a cafeteria and, importantly for some, a pub. There is also a place offering on-site equipment rentals.
Past Historical Stats
The resort typically opens for the season shortly before Christmas. Opening day of the 2019/20 ski season was Friday, December 20th. First day of the 2002/21 season was December 11th.
The year before, Sasquatch Mountain opened on December 21st, 2018, and closed in the spring of 2019 on March 31st. The 2018/19 season finished with 694 cm of snowfall for the year and about 80 cm remaining at the lodge base. For comparison, total snow accumulation in 2017/18 was 1309 cm and the hill closed for the season with 414 cm still remaining at the alpine base on April 2nd 2018.
The same as other Lower Mainland Ski Hills, Sasquatch Mountain closed early last spring due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. March 16th, 2020, consequently, was the final day of the resort’s 2019/20 season. The resort’s first day of the 2020/21 season was December 11th.
For further details about the Hemlock Valley ski hill, check out the Sasquatch Mountain Resort website.
For information about other ski hills serving the Metro Vancouver region, click Lower Mainland Ski Hills. Other resorts include Grouse, Cypress, Seymour and Whistler-Blackcomb. Also within a couple of hours drive from the Fraser Valley is Manning Park Resort.
For a list of other things to do in the area and throughout the Lower Mainland at various times of the year, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver Winter Activities
- Vancouver’s December, January and February calendars of events
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Fraser Valley
- Harrison Hot Springs
- Sasquatch Provincial Park