For backcountry enthusiasts, there are many options close to town, including Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park & Protected Area about an hour east of Prince George. (To check availability of the three cabins for day and overnight use visit the Prince George Backcountry Recreation Society.) Much of the park’s territory includes the slopes of the Cariboo Mountains—24,765 ha (61,195 ac) of soft, pillowy powder. For guided backcountry skiing and lodging, check out Dezaiko Lodge.
When enjoying the backcountry, don’t forget your beacon, probe, and shovel, and be familiar with how to use them. Check for snow conditions with Avalanche Canada, never travel alone, and always let someone know your trip plan. Avalanche safety training is highly recommended.
Bearpaw Heli-Skiing, a family-run operation, is currently booking for the 2022 season and has announced a COVID-19 cancellation policy. With its home base situated in the tiny outpost of Sinclair Mills (95-km (59 mi) east of Prince George) in the scenic Upper Fraser valley, Bearpaw’s tenure stretches across four mountain ranges and offers untouched alpine bowls and lower-elevation treed lines.