Trails & Maps

Nickel Plate Nordic centre has 56 kilometres of groomed ski trails and more than 22.5 kilometres of marked snowshoe trails

Our ski and snowshoe trails can now be found on Trailforks.com! Check out the website and install the Trailforks app on your phone to easily locate your position while you’re out enjoying Nickel Plate.

Cross Country Ski Trails

Nickel Plate Trails with level of difficulty

Northside Trails

Snowshoe Trails

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. All of the trails are marked with diamond trail markers every 30-40 metres along the trail. Claim Jump is a dog-friendly snowshoe trail that travels back to Nickel Plate Lake.

The trails can also be found on Trailforks.


Nickle Plate Snowshoe Trails Descriptions

All of our snowshoe trails are signed with trail markers every 30-40 metres, and are also available on the Trailforks app.

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

Currently, Bonanza is re-routed along a short section of Gold Dust (just passed McNeil’s Claim ski trail), leading to the Bonanza Shortcut. 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 an out and back trail travelling down to Nickel Plate Lake. It leaves the parking area on the northside of Hedley/Nickel Plate Road and is an intermediate, dog-firendly trail. It is 1.7 km long and takes 2-3 hours return.

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.

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.