Trails & Maps
Nickel Plate Nordic centre has 56 kilometres of groomed ski trails and more than 22.5 kilometres of marked snowshoe trails
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Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club has 25 kilometers of self-guided signed snowshoe trails.
All trails begin and end at the lodge.
Please do not snowshoe on the ski trails, except were they intersect with the snowshoe trails. Gold Dust, Quicksilver and Bonanza are marked with fluorescent pink flagging tape. Claim Jump is currently an out-and-back to the lake, following pink flagging tape down the north side of the trail to the lake. A loop is not recommended and is poorly signed.
Nickle Plate Snowshoe Trails Descriptions
We are in the process of upgrading all of our snowshoe trail signage. Currently, Gold Dust and Quicksilver are very well maintained and have been marked every 30-50 metres with obvious, metal tree markers. The remaining trails are marked with frequent pink flagging tape, but could involve blowdown and detours.
The Gold Dust Snowshoe Trail
This is an excellent beginner’s trail. The trail crosses open meadow areas and passes through stands of lodge pole pine. This trail is relatively flat and should take 1 1/2 hours of easy snowshoeing to complete. The trail can be accessed from either end.
Bonanza Snowshoe Trail
Bonanza is a new trail added in 2013 as an extension off Gold Dust. This is an advanced trail that could require some route finding skills. The trail may be done both clockwise and counterclockwise as it involves a decent down to cross Buck’s Trek ski trail then follows Winter’s Creek before heading back up to Gold Dust. The trail itself is 4.8 km long with steep climbs out from Buck’s Trek. It takes about 2-3 hours. However, it is one of the best trails for the amazing variety of terrain.
Claim Jump Snowshoe Trail
Claim Jump is a loop that leaves the parking area on the northside of Hedley/Nickel Plate Road. It is an intermediate trail that you may take your dog for a hike. Currently only the east side of the trail is signed, marked with pink flagging tape down to the lake and back. A loop is not recommended. It is 5 km long and takes 2-3 hours.
Quicksilver Snowshoe Trail
This is a beginner’s trail. The trail starts at the cabin and follows the east side of the Gold Dust trail as it climbs to the junction at the top end of McNeil’s Claim ski trail. The trail then stays on contour to the logging road and then drops down to a skid road, out to the Shortcut, up to Cannonball and Midnight Sun ski trails and then follows the Adventure trail back to the lodge. This trail is best accessed from the west side as outlined above and should take approximately 1 hour to complete.
Prospector Point Snowshoe Trail
This is an advanced, rustic trail that could require some route finding skills. It follows the east side of Quick Silver and follows the Shortcut ski trail down to Bucks Trek ski trail. It crosses Bucks Trek and Winters Creek up a fairly steep riparian area to Silver Side ski trail, and then crosses the Winters Creek road. It follows an old skid trail up to Eagles Nest ski trail, continues uphill to Eagles Nest again, and continues east to just prior to the upper meadow. It is a steady climb from the crossing of Winter’s Creek to this point. The snowshoer can then follow the trail along the east side of Eagles Nest back to the lodge (mostly downhill).
Starting at 1850 metres above sea level, Nickel Plate offers an unparalleled experience of blue skies, endless mountain vistas, and one of the longest ski seasons in Canada.
We love to ski.
Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is located 6.5 kms (4 miles) past Apex Mountain Resort on the Hedley/Nickel Plate Road, an all-weather road maintained by the BC Ministry of Highways.
CALL: 250-292-8110 | EMAIL: INFO@NICKELPLATENORDIC.ORG