I just returned from a trip to Smithers, BC to check out the Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area. It’s a new concept in backcountry skiing – a dedicated backcountry ski tenure complete with a great day-use hut, gladed runs, an overnight cabin and lots of cool locals out skiing.
The project is the work of many people from Smithers, BC, but it is lead by local resident and skier, Brian Hall and includes support from the regional Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (aka the Forest Service equivalent in Canada).
Brian was nice enough to show me around for several days and introduce me to a great collection of local skiers. Look for a full article on Hankin Evelyn and the Smithers backcountry ski scene next fall. In the mean time, check out the slide show of backcountry skiing at Hankin Evelyn and enjoying Smithers, BC.