Mount Cain Ski Area & Alpine Trails

This hidden alpine gem is steeped in Vancouver Island’s best powder during the ski season.

Mount Cain has 21 runs, with 1499 vertical feet of terrain at the highest base elevation of any coastal ski hill in BC, Alaska and Washington State.

This is a casual, community-run ski area that is virtually free of line-ups and crowds and since Mount Cain is open weekends only (and select Mondays), untouched powder accumulates all week long for deep powder turns on the weekends.

Other than the snow, Mount Cain’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s staffed by enthusiastic locals. There is an authentic community feel here that is welcoming, warm and friendly.

Events are held throughout the season and include the Cain Cup, Telefest, Vanisle Backcountry Festival, Kids Fest and the Tequila Cup.

There is a café in the day lodge that serves up lunches and dinners that taste home-made. Jam sessions and other live music events are also hosted at the lodge. The latest addition to the resort is the cozy new Group Hostel Building, which has doubled the capacity for overnight visitors to getaway. During the summer months, the ski trails are a great way for hikers to access the alpine backcountry.

The rugged peaks and deep valleys that surround Mount Cain offer an incredible view regardless of the season.

Park Highlight:

A laid back ski area steeped in Vancouver Island’s best powder. Forget about fighting crowds and wasting your day in lift lines, a visit to Mount Cain lets you get down to the business of skiing and riding. A T-bar ride with a local will no doubt inspire great conversation, lots of laughs and a better understanding of the community that pulls together to run this ski hill.

Since Mount Cain is only open on the weekends and select Mondays, untouched powder accumulates all week long for deep turns when the weekend arrives. During the summer months the high alpine meadows and sweeping vistas draw hikers and wildlife watchers.

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Getting There:

From the Island Highway (Hwy 19), take the Mount Cain/Schoen Lake Provincial Park turn-off just south of Woss onto a gravel logging road; Follow the signs to Mount Cain Ski Area