Admit it: You’ve never heard of the Tweedsmuir Ski Club, one of Canada’s most exclusive operations.And there goes the opening line of the front-page article and photos featuring the Tweedsmuir Ski Club in the Globe and Mail’s Travel section on March 11.
The article goes on to describe the tow: “Lift” is a generous word. At Tweedsmuir, a volunteer operation about three kilometres from the nearest road, skiers and snowboarders get to the top of the hill thanks to a handle tow. It stretches 300 metres and ferries three or four people at a time. Any more would put too much stress on the gasoline-powered engine. Dogs run up the tow rope track so they can tumble down the snowy hill beside their skiing owners.”The author Carrie Tait and photographer Zoya Lynch were were guests of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and Destination British Columbia. They spent the day exploring the terrain and operation at the Tweedsmuir Ski Hill, thrilled by the volunteer spirit and family vibe.
“Families gather at the base in the fading green wooden roundhouse, about six metres in diameter. (Pack a lunch and water – ski resort staples such as poutine and overpriced Dasani water are not available.) The Treadways heat hot dogs on the barrel stove’s grill and share s’mores with kids warming up. There’s fresh snow till quitting time. No need to rush to beat the crowds,” writes Tait.
The duo spent several days exploring the Cariboo-Chilcotin region, writing and photographing “mom and pop” run ski hills which also included Troll Ski Resort near Wells and Mt. Timothy Ski Area, close to Lac La Hache.