Protecting forests and air quality matters at HBMR

If you would like to add some wood from Hudson Bay Mountain to your logpile this fall, keep two dates in mind: August 12 and September 9. On those two Saturdays, fire hazard conditions permitting, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort staff will be on hand at a designated location which will be announced soon.
“Watch this space for more information,” said HBMR Operations Manager Frank McBride. “If the fire hazards increase we may have to change those dates.”
The firewood give-away involves about 350 cubic metres of wood leftover from logging operations on the mountain last year to open up the new Seven Sisters runs. McBride said finding a way to re-purpose the remaining wood is important so that HBMR will have very little slash to burn.

“This will be wood that should be burned in a wood stove or outside in a sealed unit,” said McBride.

He is hoping that by the time the snow flies this season, there will be zero waste wood on the ground on the mountain.

Given the current wildfire situation in central B.C., McBride said HBMR is making it a point to stay aware of fire hazards on the mountain; and he is asking all contractors working there to sign in at the HBMR maintenance shop.

“When conditions are this dry, even with the little bit of rain we’ve had, we are extremely careful,” said McBride. “If we see anyone on the mountain attempting to operate vehicles, or any gas powered tool or even other tools that may be sources of ignition (electric saws, grinders, drills), we ask them to refrain until the fire hazard decreases.”
Other precautions for HBMR maintenance staff working on the mountain this summer include traveling with a water sprayer, a shovel and a Pulaski ax, because sparks from ATVs or other utility vehicles could also start a fire. McBride offers another piece of advice:

“You should also be sure to have a cell phone in case you spot a fire and need to report it. From a cell phone dial #5555 to reach the wildfire branch. Expect them to ask questions that will orient them to the fire such as ‘west of the lodge’ or ‘up slope of the estates’.”

“We want to do the right thing to protect our forests when fire hazards are high, and for the ongoing air quality in our valley,” McBride said.

Announcing the New Mountain Bus Schedule!

We are happy to announce the Mountain Bus will be running EVERY operational day next season! We strive to improve service where ever we can so this coming season, every day the mountain is open, the Mountain Bus will be running.

Weekdays the bus will run up the mountain in the morning and down at the end of the day. Weekends and holidays it will run up in the morning and midday and down at the end of the day.

The bus will be $5 for 13+ going up and free for all to come down. 12 and under is free in both directions.

We look forward to providing this service to visitors and the community.

More Operating Days Again Next Season!

Even though the weather is warm and the blossoms are out, the HBM team is working hard to get ready for next season. We have finalized our operating calendar and are pleased to announce the mountain will be in operation 114 days during the 2017-18 season. That’s 3 more days than last season which was a already huge increase over previous years.

Opening day will be Friday, November 24 which also happens to be a NID day (non instructional day) so the kids won’t have school! A perfect way to take the day off and enjoy the snow.

We have a number of events in the works so check back in the fall for all the exciting details!

Win a Pair of Paranormal Skis

Become a passholder and you will automatically be entered to win a pair of Paranormal Skis. These hand crafted beauties are unique and cutting edge with stunning artwork and professionally serviced. Paranormal skis are made in Smithers and they will become the property of one lucky passholder.

The draw will be done in the New Year but if you buy your pass before May 31, you will also get the lowest pass prices of the year!

Come into the office or give us a call at 250-847-2058 to purchase your season pass.

New! Equal Payment Plan for Season Passes

New this year. Pay off your pass in 4 equal payments through automatic debit with 0% interest! Here is how it works:

Bring in a blank cheque before May 31. Fill in the automatic debit application. There will be an admin fee ($25 for adults, $20 for youth and $15 for child). There will also be an upfront cost toward the purchase of the pass ($99 for adults, $75 for youth and $50 for child).

That means that your first payment for an adult would be only $124 on the day of purchase and then 4 equal payments of $141.25. This option is interest free, unlike credit cards!

This can be set up with any banking institution. Payments will come out on the 1st of the month, June-September. There will be a $25 fee for NSF payments.

Give us a call or drop by the downtown office to discuss. 250-847-2058, 3866 Railway Ave in Smithers from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Prices Have Dropped on 2017-18 Season Passes!

This year Hudson Bay Mountain has dropped prices on our Legendary Local season passes. Last year an adult season pass was $719 during the LL sale; this year it is $689; and an adult family pass is $599! All other prices are also lower during this sale as well.

“We’ve dropped our prices to rock bottom so it is more affordable than ever,” said HBMR president Gary Mathiesen. “For the best value of all, if you get your season pass the day they go on sale you have almost two weeks during this season to use it, in addition to next year.”

That’s right! You get to ski the rest of this season for free! Legendary Local Season passes for the 2017/2018 season will be on sale March 27 to May 31.

For more info go to Season Passes »

With the sale of each LL season pass you can nominate the next HBMR Legendary Local.

“We are proud to support our community of Legendary Locals,” said Mathiesen. “Every year, we ask our community to nominate the Legendary Local of the year, and we are pleased to provide that individual with a free pass for that season. It is an important part of the tradition that makes Hudson Bay Mountain Resort a central part of the Bulkley Valley landscape.”

Mathiesen said a Legendary Local is defined as someone who loves to choose the Hudson Bay Mountain Resort in Smithers as their winter playground of choice. They know the mountain, their passion for fresh powder is palpable, and they are respected by our close-knit mountain community for their integrity and personal character.

“They represent the past, present and future of skiing and snowboarding on Hudson Bay Mountain,” he said.

As per the tradition, to nominate next year’s Legendary Local, the nominator must be a holder of a Legendary Local HBMR season pass for next year.

Passes will be sold at Guest Services on the mountain until closing day, April 9, and at the HBMR downtown office at 3866 Railway Avenue.

Lost and Found

Missing goggles, a hoody or helmet? Come to the downtown office (3866 Railway Ave.) to find your lost treasures. We have a number of items that we would like returned to their rightful owner. Come get it during the month of June before it goes away!

WIN a FREE round trip flight with Central Mountain Air!

Purchase your season pass before Wednesday, May 31 and you will automatically be entered to win a free round trip flight anywhere Central Mountain Air flies.

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Vote for your Legendary Local

Do you know someone who is a shining example of what Hudson Bay Mountain represents and is an ambassador in the community?

Vote for your 2016/2017 Legendary Local when you purchase your Season Pass! The winner will receive a 2016/2017 Season Pass.

Passes are being sold at the downtown office and is open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

That's a Wrap!

Thanks to everyone who made this season so much fun. Schnai Dai was full of laughter and sunshine.

The first annual King of the Mountain was a great success with 10 year old Nora beating out the competition of all ages.

Skiers and boards were in knots with the giant twister game and the competition was stiff in the Canadian Trivia showdown.

The Slush Cup was well attended with spectators and participants alike with some successful crossings and some epic splashes. The costumes and enthusiasm were fantastic!

The costume cat-walk had people dancing on the tables and winners were decided by the crowd but everyone was a winner with the warm sun and great tunes by The Racket.

What a great end to the season. The mountain is now closed but the downtown office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am- 5 pm.

See you next year!

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