We were a little for skiing, but nonetheless the views from up on Shames was not short of awesome. Me and Suz. spent the afternoon up on the mountain, hiking around and stopping for photos. The day was nothing short of perfect–plenty of sunshine and warmth for the high altitudes. We met several other people just driving around also enjoying the view. Shames Mountain seems very popular even in the off skiing season.
The great part of coming up this time of the year was, “no crowds.” We had the place to ourselves, even with the three other vehicles that were up on the hill, everyone stayed to themselves. The road is good, although gravel, but no trouble for a small car, so why not take the family for the view.
So just picture this, you are standing on 30cm of perfect snow, waiting to up the hill on the chair-lift, but it is 27C and sunny. OK, that would hard to picture, but I am not much of a skier anyway. But the view…
This is the view looking South, (above) back towards the Skeena River (and Highway 16) from the valley we drove up in. You can see here that we are quite high up in the hills. Let me just say that my ears were popping a lot as we drove up to the ski hill, we were up so high.
In the above photo, this was looking West from the ski hill. Shames is in sort of a box canyon, but looking West, you can see where the canyon started to narrow out. These photos do not do any justice of the awesomeness of the landscape. I wish I had brought my wider lends. We were only half way up the mountain, and I could not tell you how high these peaks are, but the scenery is just awesome.
The skis and snow-boards nailed to the trees can be seen all along the road going up to the ski hill. At first I made crake that these were “grave markers” of all the skiers that did not make it a live from their skiing, but that would not have been a nice thing to say. Then I thought, “these were the in the lost and found,” so why not nail them onto the trees in hopes that their owners will get them. But no, theses are just there, probably to mark the way up to the ski hill. They were worth a few shots.
I want to go back soon, and get the mountains when the Sun is more towards the morning. All the good shots were to the West, so I want the Sun low in the Eastern sky. Maybe in a couple of weeks. Shames Mountain is only a few minutes West of Terrace on Highway 16, going towards Prince Rupert.