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Hemlock Valley

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Hemlock driving map

Seattle to Hemlock - 3.5 hours
Vancouver to Hemlock - 2 hours
Abbotsford to Hemlock - 1 hour, 10 minutes
Mission to Hemlock - 50 minutes

*All vehicles travelling Hemlock Valley roads are required to carry tire cables or chains at all times due to changing road conditions.

Directions to Hemlock:

Coming from Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey: Take Hwy #1 east to Abbotsford, take the Sumas exit for Hwy #11 North to Mission. Cross the Mission bridge and follow the signs for Hwy #7 East. Turn left on Morris Valley Road (Sasquatch Inn). Follow the road all the way to the fork in the road at the Hemlock Valley Resort sign. Turn left onto Hemlock Valley Road, and follow the road up to the Day Lodge.

Coming from Agassiz: Take the #7 Highway towards Vancouver. Turn right on Morris Valley Road (Sasquatch Inn). Follow the road all the way to the fork in the road at the Hemlock Valley Resort sign. Turn left onto Hemlock Valley Road and follow road up to the Day Lodge.

Please note: There is no public transportation to the mountain. 

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Hemlock Valley

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Pros: Lots of snow, friendly staff, lots of runs for all ability levels.

Cons: unfortunately it can get it's fair share of rain during the season.

I've been skiing Hemlock for around 16 years now. Great little ski hill.It has a wide variety of runs for all levels. If the expansion plans come to fruition, this could potentially be one of the best resorts in western canada. 


One of the best aspects of Hemlock is it has 2 beginners areas. The bunny hill and the yellow chair which is a wide run and is a slower skiing area for beginners. It's great for those learing to ski/board but are past the bunny hill stage. 


A lot of people seem to complain about the road up to the hill, honestly it's not that bad and the province does do a fantastic job maintaining it. I've never felt unsafe driving the road. 


The food at Molly Hogan's is excellent and reasonably priced(for a ski resort).


The hill also has a full service repair shop, rental shop and the skyline store for your equipment needs. The hill also has tubing and snowshoeing.


There are a couple chalet rental companies on the hill and they sleep anywhere from 2 - 20 people. 


Pros: SNOW! wide open groomers; nearly empty; tons of terrain; cheap!

Cons: slow chairs; slow food service; driving involves a dirt road up the mountain; no real trees

I went to Hemlock for the first time this past weekend. It was amazing! Apparently it was their busiest weekend of the year, yet there were no crowds or lift lines. Tons of terrain, you could technically get fresh tracks to the end of the day, and there was beautiful piste and off-piste. 


I was shocked by how much terrain is skiable. Essentially Hemlock is at the base of a couple of giant ridges, and you can ski the entire length of each ridge (massive terrain). With the low volume of traffic, you'll be getting fresh tracks every single run all day after a dump. 


The groomers were absolutely amazing. They're long and consistent in pitch: perfect for developing consistent technique. I rarely ski groomers for fun, but found that with so few people, I could really let it rip without concern for getting skied into. The bulk of the mountain is off-piste. A lot of the terrain is mellow, so it's ideal for a skier's first off-piste adventure. There's also stuff off one of the chairs that's about as steep as Whistler blacks off-piste.  Also, there's night skiing included in your ticket price! (check the calendar to make sure they're open for night skiing.)


The ski school is incredibly friendly. It's a perfect place to send your kids, and the lessons are really cheap! Few adults take lessons there, so if you're an advanced skier, you'll be in the top 5% on the mountain (save for the 5-year olds!). 


Prospective skiers deserve fair warning about a few issues. The road to Hemlock is winding and dirt-paved. Bring chains and/or snow tires. Also, everything is slow, from the chairlifts to the service. If you want a quick lunch/dinner, do the cafeteria rather than the bar. And there aren't any trees to speak of. Here and there you'll find a tree or two, but there's no full-blown tree run. Lodging is definitely overpriced for what you get--but you make up for it on food and ticket pricing. And finally, if you need to rent high-performance gear, do so in Vancouver. The rental fleet is purely beginner fare. 


Overall, I really enjoy Hemlock. It's a fun (if mellow) alternative to Whistler, and I look forward to more days at Hemlock next year.