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Try these “unknown” ski hill locals who don’t need you to crash

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Never heard of Mt. Cain ski slope? That’s fine – the locals don’t want that.

After hours there is silence on a ski slope. The lights go out, the people trickle away and the moon illuminates the sky. The same goes for remote ski areas with hard-to-reach rear bowls and abandoned hut systems.

“Frozen in Time captures the essence of why we all ski,” wrote Matchstick. “It’s an exploration of a relapse ski area: Cain. It’s a no-frills ski slope on Vancouver Island. It’s old school and that’s exactly how the locals want it. “

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Mt. Cain, also known as Mt. Cain Alpine Park (an operation only in winter), looks and sounds great. The two lifts only run 2 days a week. There are seldom crowds, but the mountain is. Cain advertises Vancouver Islands as “best powder skiing and snowboarding”. It is located on north Vancouver Island, southeast of Woss, British Columbia. And there’s a massive 38 foot average snowfall per season.

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

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

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Mary Murphy

From Mary Murphy

Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteen or at a local bakery.

Topics: skiing, winter

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