Groundhog Mountain

Groundhog Mountain offers two easy-riding peaks popular with beginner riders and families.  From a single access point, go west for an introduction to tree riding or east for open meadows and a perfect day of deep-powder play.

Elevation: 6500 feet
Driving directions: Head north from Avola on Highway 5 approximately 15 km, then turn right onto Finn Creek Road, which is located on the south side of Messiter Summit.  Parking is available.
Distance from community: 37 km
Grooming season: From December to March
Difficulty rating: Easy



Foam Creek

Excellent for intermediate riders, Foam Creek offers ample boondockin’ opportunities amid the fresh jumping powder that covers countless coulies, holes, hills and bowls. Here, creek beds that fill with 15 to 20 feet of snow serve as natural highways to the alpine.

Elevation: 6500 feet
Driving directions: Same as Groundhog Mountain, head north from Avola on Highway 5 approximately 15 km, then turn right onto Finn Creek Road, which is located on the south side of Messiter Summit. Parking is available.
Distance from community: 37 km
Grooming season: From December to March
Difficulty rating: Moderate



Salmon Lakes

Groomed to within four kilometres of the alpine pine, it takes an experienced rider to enter Salmon Lakes. The area is the largest in Blue River and boasts the most extreme terrain; steep and deep powder and excellent tree riding. Seemingly endless lakes are the reward for riders who have the skill to make it up the first draw.

Elevation: 3500 to 7000 feet
Driving directions: Salmon Lakes can be accessed from the main Finn Creek parking area.  Head north from Avola on Hwy 5 approximately 15 km, then turn right onto Finn Creek Road, which is located on the south side of Messiter Summit.
Distance from community: 37 km
Grooming season: From December to March
Difficulty rating: Difficult

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