Phoenix Mountain: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
Phoenix Mountain in British Columbia is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Phoenix Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsPhoenix Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, is easy to get to and offers plenty of skiing as well as a variety of other wintertime activities. The resort calls itself "the best little mountain in British Columbia," due to its community feel. Phoenix Mountain offers terrain for all skill levels and is located north of Grand Forks, British Columbia. Grand Forks has a municipal airport, while the nearest international airport is about three hours from the resort in Kelowna, British Columbia.
The MountainPhoenix Mountain is generally open from December through March, with opening and closing dates determined by the snowfall. The mountain has an elevation of 4,800 feet with an 800-foot vertical drop. The average annual snowfall is 350 inches, so Phoenix Mountain doesn't need to make snow. Check the snow report to determine the condition of the powder since new snow is not always available. The longest run at Phoenix Mountain is 5,000 feet, designed for skiers at the intermediate level.
Trails And LiftsThe 15 trails at Phoenix Mountain range in skill level from blue-beginner runs to black-diamond runs, with half being for experienced skiers. A terrain park located about midway up the mountain is an ideal location for freestyle skiers and snowboarders of any skill level. Two lifts are available at Phoenix Mountain, a rope tow and a T-bar with a 2,000 people-per-hour capacity. Phoenix Mountain also boasts cross-country and Nordic ski trails and nighttime skiing.
In The NewsPhoenix Mountain offers several opportunities to ski for free on Saturdays during the season. Phoenix Mountain is involved with the Nancy Greene program that teaches skiers to race. The resort typically hosts one of the Nancy Greene races as well as the Phoenix Open, a series of ski and snowboard races. Artist Leta Bak captures the mountain in paintings available through Roots Down Studios.
CostA general lift ticket costs $30 for adults, $15 for children and $25 for seniors. Purchasing a multiday ticket saves money, ranging in price from $54 to $375 depending on the age of the skier and the length of the pass. Season tickets cost $440 for adults, $368 for youth and seniors and $185 for children; the price is lower if purchased early. Children under age 6 ski for free. Lessons are available for all ages and range in price from $21 to $58 depending on age and type of class. Rental equipment at Phoenix Mountain is $15 to $37 depending on the gear needed and the length of the rental.
Apres-SkiVisit the Phoenix Mountain cafeteria for a meal, snack or drink during a break from the slopes. Guests can fill up on burgers, hot dogs and hot or cold drinks in the cafeteria. Near Phoenix Mountain, find various restaurants and bars for a meal or a drink before heading home. For overnight ski trips, the nearby city of Grand Forks boasts a variety of shopping, lodging and dining options. Stay at Johnny's Motel for a 20 percent discount on your lift tickets at Phoenix Mountain.
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