Best Place on Earth? Could be Troll Ski Resort
- Jeremy Derksen / SnowSeekers.ca
Wells, BC – From hugs to homemade cinnamon buns, to powder hungry skiers who’ll point you to the best glades on the hill, to night skiing and community movie nights, Troll Ski Resort is truly a village that is raising generations of avid lifestyle skiers and snowboarders.
“This is the best place on earth,” says Glen Boudreau, one of the Troll faithful. “And we have a sign just down the road that says so.”
Once you see that sign, about 40 minutes down the road from Quesnel, BC, be ready.
Fifty years on, one thing hasn’t changed: stoke on a powder day. Loading the tee behind Josh and Jax MacKenzie, I get welcomed on a local’s tour of some of the mountain’s best glades. One line after another of fresh, flowing turns, jumps and jams. A morning whips by.
Brushing snow off as I walk into the lodge, I see Hildur Sinclair, Troll’s second generation owner, sitting with two older men. I catch the twinkle in Dougal Hines’ eyes.
Hines joined the ski patrol over 20 years ago, and still spends a good chunk of his time here now that he’s retired. He’s sitting with Dave Walker, who for years earned his annual season pass to Troll by volunteering as a mechanic, tuning the hill’s snowcats. Walker started skiing here at around age 10, and he’s been here ever since. Both men have stories to tell, like so many Troll faithful.
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“I’ve been skiing at Troll for probably 21 years,” says Julie Dinsdale. “So these are the people we see every weekend and you just make some good friendships here. You talk to people and they don’t quite get it until they get here. The atmosphere is amazing and it’s like taking a step back in time. You don’t get it anywhere else.”
With an unassuming base lodge area, t-bar lifts and an under-promoted range of terrain, Troll Ski Resort doesn’t exude the grandeur of bigger destination resorts. But the skiing and the scene here is big, and has been lovingly cultivated for 50 years. Yet somehow it doesn’t feel like it’s aging.
Troll feels like one of those large extended families that always has room for one more at the table. And the 50th anniversary year is a homecoming, for old and new Troll faithful alike.
Join the Troll community for its 50th anniversary season – read more at SnowSeekers.ca.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Troll Ski Resort and Tourism Quesnel are partnering on a great #SkiNorthBC package for Troll’s 50th season – book a stay at the Billy Barker Casino Hotel and get discounts on accommodation, lift tickets, gear (Rocky Peak Outfitters) and beer (Barkerville Brewing. Co.)
Get details and book your #SkiNorthBC Troll getaway here.