Located a couple of hours from Vancouver near Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is a ski hill that until 2017 was known as Hemlock Valley.
Note: Sasquatch Mountain is now closed for skiing until December. The last day of the 2017/18 ski season was April 2, 2018.
Sasquatch Mountain 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.
Ski Resort Location
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.
Rates are also especially good for people skiing on a number of consecutive days, beginners just wanting to stay on the bunny slopes, and “Super Seniors” ages 80+ who can get season’s passes for just $25.
2017/18 Ski Day Passes
Lift ticket rates as of the start of the 2017/18 season are listed below. As you’ll see, Early Week tickets are discounted and valid Mondays to Wednesdays excluding holidays.
Regular ticket rates are more expensive and in effect Thursdays to Sundays plus holidays. Listed rates exclude GST and full rate tickets on Fridays are also good for night skiing which is scheduled to start in mid-January 2018.
Regular Full Day Rates (Thursdays to Sundays from 9 am until closing)
- Adults (ages 19-64): $60
- Youth (ages 13-18) and Students (with valid student ID): $50
- Seniors (ages 65+): $50
- Children (ages 6-12) $35
- Families (2 adults plus 2 dependent children ages 18 and under): $155
- Ages 5 and Under: free
Beginner skiers only wanting to ski on the most basic runs can pay just $30.
Half-day Early Week rates are valid from 12:30 pm until closing and cost between about 15% and 30% less than full-day rates depending on your age.
Early Week Full Day Rates (Mondays to Wednesdays from 9 am until closing)
- Adults (ages 19-64): $45
- Youth (ages 13-18) and Students (with valid student ID): $34
- Seniors (ages 65+): $34
- Children (ages 6-12) $26
- Families (2 adults plus 2 dependent children ages 18 and under): $135
- Ages 5 and Under: free
Multi-day tickets are even cheaper. A ticket for 5 consecutive days, for example, costs just $200 (so $40 per day) for an adult and can be used any day of the week.
Night Skiing takes place on Friday evenings starting on January 12, 2018, and the cost is just $20 for a family of four or $10 per person. Night skiing hours are from 4 pm to 8 pm and there is no additional charge for skiers paying the full-day rate on the same day.
Three runs are 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.
Tubing Pass Costs
Tubing rates are for 2 hours. Folk ages 6 and older cost $21 (plus GST), children 5 and under are free, and a family of 4 costs $75.
The Tube Park at Sasquatch Mountain is a new facility. When conditions allow, it operates on Saturdays and Sundays.
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 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, 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.
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 335 metres, 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 1,317 metres (or 4,320 feet) and the resort covers 121 hectares (or 300 acres) of terrain with three dozen downhill and snowboarding runs. The longest trail at Sasquatch is 2.3 km (or 1.4 miles) and the resort has 13 kilometres of cross-country and snowshoeing trails, 8 brand 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.
For a map of the resort click Sasquatch Mountain Trail Map.
Click Sasquatch Weather for the most up-to-date ski conditions.
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: