Check Out This ‘Unknown’ Ski Hill Locals Don’t Want You to Crash

Never heard of Mt. Cain ski hill? That’s OK — the locals don’t want you to.

There a peacefulness to a ski hill after hours. The lights go low, the people trickle away, and the moon lights up the sky. The same can be said at remote ski areas, with hard-to-access back bowls and abandoned hut systems.

“Frozen in Time captures the very essence of why we all ski,” Matchstick Productions wrote. “It’s an exploration of a throwback ski area: Mt. Cain. It’s a no-frills ski hill on Vancouver Island; it’s old school and that’s just how the locals want it to be.”

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Mt. Cain, aka Mt. Cain Alpine Park (a winter-only operation), looks and sounds amazing. Its two lifts only run 2 days a week. There are seldom crowds, yet Mt. Cain touts itself as Vancouver Island’s “best powder skiing and snowboarding.” It sits in northern Vancouver Island, just southeast of Woss, British Columbia. And it gets a massive average snowfall of 38 feet each season.

As Wikipedia notes, “the hill is relatively unknown,” with about 15,000 visitors each year.

“Frozen in Time” features athletes Eric Hjorleifson, Mark Abma, and Chris Rubens. This film premiered online this week at Arc’teryx’s virtual Backcountry Academy. See the other films here.

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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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