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Guest post by Abby Cooper; photos by Andrew Strain
The continuous lull of the train gradually slowed as we arrived at the Prince George train station. Crisp, fresh night air filled our lungs as we rolled our luggage off the train and wandered to our accommodations. Videographer Marty Clemens, photographer Andrew Strain and I were anticipating a couple of days chock-full of adventure.
Large snowflakes fell as we drove over Pine Pass toward Powder King Mountain Resort. Front-row parking and the hum of the chairlift added to our mounting excitement as we geared up. We embraced the opportunity to get in as many ski runs as possible, then at the end of a full day, with tired legs and happy faces, we loaded up the car as the lifts stopped spinning. We were tempted to stop as we passed stunning Bijoux Falls, but our appetites kept us bound for downtown Prince George and a collection of culturally diverse dining experiences. We opted for a social meal of tapas and beer flights at Kask Taproom.
We discussed the handful of ski-hill options close to Prince George, and agreed to check out Tabor Mountain the next morning. Seeking a sunrise, we were swept up the mountain by snowmobile in the dark. As the sun began to illuminate the mountains that surrounded us, Bearpaw Heli-Skiing’s terrain came into view, as did the runs at nearby Purden Ski Village. Beautiful views and freshly groomed runs made for a peaceful morning of snowboarding in the sunshine.
Early starts can make for productive days. By noon we had already skied for four hours, and we were following the aroma of barbeque into The Copper Pig. After a satisfying lunch, we embarked on a walk through downtown. We visited local coffee shops and the visitor center, where we were advised to explore the trails of nearby Cottonwood Island Nature Park. We shared the trails with numerous birds and squirrels.
Next up was Northern Lights Estate Winery, a year-round facility that produces fruit-based wine along the edge of the Nechako River. We were warmed by the sunlight pouring in through a wall of windows as we sipped and sampled. A sunset stroll through the vineyard and along the icy river, wine glasses in hand, was another highlight.
Our final stop of the night—Betulla Burning, where wood-fired, locally sourced pizza was calling our names. We reflected on how much we had accomplished in a day, made easy by the proximity of skiing, hiking, and dining in this ultimate adventure hub. We climb into bed for a deep, contented sleep before catching the morning train, already thinking about our next visit to Prince George.
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