The Shames Mountain Ski area is surrounded by more than 7,000 acres of limitless backcountry adventures. The backcountry is part of what makes Shames so unique. However, Shames Mountain backcountry is not patrolled. The responsibility of Shames’ Ski Patrol is limited to the patrons within our clearly marked ski area boundary.
For more information on Shames backcountry routes and conditions, go to:
Backcountry Skiing Canada – map and route information for Shames Mountain backcountry
Avalanche Canada – current backcountry conditions throughout country, plus safety resources and training information
MMC/Shames Mountain does not assume any liability or risk associated with any activities outside of the ski area boundary. It is the duty of the backcountry adventurer to be prepared. We recommend:
- taking educational courses such as Avalanche Skills Training (see below)
- having proper, up-to-date gear
- having an appropriate level of fitness
- reviewing the current avalanche information prior to leaving the area boundary
Shames also rents out backcountry equipment. Shovels, probes, a beacon, a split board or touring skis with skins and collapsible poles, are available for rent – either as a package or individually. More info at the front counter on the mountain.
Avalanche Skills Training
Little Cedar Services is a winter mountain-safety company in Terrace, BC, focused on high-quality guiding and avalanche skills training. Every winter, Little Cedar Services offers avalanche skills training courses for skiers, snowboarders and sledders who want to be safe in the backcountry. Little Cedar Services also offers guided ski tours. More information is on their website.
Mount Remo Backcountry Society
The Mount Remo Backcountry Society (MRBS) is a voluntary non-profit society with a mandate to support the protection of backcountry recreation areas, increase awareness of backcountry issues, and to develop backcountry recreation facilities. MRBS offers avalanche awareness courses and backcountry cabin rentals, and can help terrain ideas. Visit their website and their Facebook page for more info.