Located a couple of hours from Vancouver near Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is a ski hill that used to be known as Hemlock Valley.
As of April 6th, the resort is now closed for the 2020/21 ski season.
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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 Sasquatch’s last day of operations (April 5th, 2021), the resort has received 0 cm of snow over the past 24 hours and 0 cm over the previous 2 days. Year-to-date cumulative snowfall has been a whopping 1359 cm (which is the most of any Lower Mainland ski hill). The resort also reports a snow depth of 467 cm at alpine levels.
As the morning of the same date, temperatures at the resort range between around -2 and +2 degrees. The ski hill reports mostly cloudy skies, with both sun and snow in the forecast over the next few days.
The tubing park has been operating on just Saturdays and Sundays. It’ll be open on a number of weekdays too, however, during the Spring Break school holidays in the second half of March. Last day of night skiing for the 2020/21 season was March 27th.
The last day of the 2020/21 season was April 5th in 2021.
Important Note: All vehicles are required to carry proper-fitting chains when driving up the mountain during the winter season. The chains don’t have to be on your tires. They do need to be in your vehicle, however, and available for use.
To learn about what the resort is doing with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, click COVID-19 Protocols at Sasquatch Resort.
Weather at Harrison Hot Springs
To give you an idea of what to expect with respect to sun and cloud, check out the following forecast for the Resort Town of Harrison Hot Springs. Harrison is a 42-km drive from the ski hill by car, but less than 20 km as the crow flies. The weather up at Sasquatch will be similar to that in Harrison Hot Springs, although about 8 degrees colder (and so more likely to have snow than rain in colder months).
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. 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.)
2021 Ski Day Passes
New for the 2020/21 season, 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 January 2021:
- 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
Note: In the spring of 2021 the resort offered BigFoot Sunday’z and Weekday’z Madness specials where you could save between $20 and $50 off regular rates.
Night Skiing at Sasquatch
Night Skiing used to take place on just Friday evenings starting in mid-January. In 2021 night skiing also happens on both Fridays and Saturdays from 4 pm to 8 pm. There is no additional charge for skiers paying the full-day rate on the same day.
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 when we checked in January 2021 are listed below. (Note: These prices are considerably less expensive than the year before, but they could change depending on when you buy your tickets. In brackets below are the prices from when we checked the year before, in January of 2020.)
- Adults (ages 19-64): $20 (vs $36 in the 2019/20 season)
- Youth (ages 13-18) and Students (with valid student ID): n/a in 2021 (but $28 in 2020)
- Seniors (ages 65+): n/a in 2021 (but $28 in 2020)
- Children (ages 6-12): $16 (vs $20 in 2020)
- Families (2 adults plus 2 dependent children ages 18 and under): n/a in 2021 (vs $93 in 2020)
- 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 has a variety of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels. Of the 3 dozen 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 has a total vertical drop of 363 metres and its longest run is just over 2 km in length. The elevation at lodge level is 970 metres. At the mountain’s peak it is 1333 metres (or 4,374 feet).
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 five ski lifts including the Whistle Punk Double Chair, Sasquatch Triple Chair and Yeti Cruiser Quad. (The last of these was new for the 2019/20 season when it replaced the older Skyline Double Chair.) The resort also has a couple of conveyor surface lifts. This is comparable to 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 resort’s lifts are able to unload as many as 3000 skiers per hour. There are 3 chairs with one being a quad, another a triple and the third a double chair.
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 2020/21 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