I wanted to leave the city since Friday afternoon but somehow I ended working late and I postponed my trip for early Saturday. My initial plan was to visit Summerland, but instead I ended on Princeton. I read about China Ridge Cross Country Ski Trails and I decided to give them a try.
This beautiful place is located 8.5 km northwest of Princeton on a north-south upland ridge. The highest point on the trail system is 1310 m (4300 feet). The area features over 45km of trails to explore (some trails are untracked for the backcountry ski enthusiast).
The dry climate on this area allows to experience clear sunny days, dry snow conditions, and outstanding vistas of the Similkameen Valley below.
I passed the now abandoned ski resort. The trails are on a gentle slope, this was perfect for a novice user like me! I tasted the snow just two times
The fine ski trails are maintained by the hard work of China Ridge Cross-Country Ski Association members. This is a non-profit society, and donations are greatly appreciated to help pay for the expenses incurred by the society for this service. A donation box is located at the trailhead
There are two shelters on the trails where one may enjoy an outdoor fire, and there is a warming hut about ten kilometres from the trailhead. I heard that some people like to spend the night over there, but I believe you can do that when you are in good company.
Portions of the trails follow old roads or skid trails through open timber, across natural grassy slopes, and through a variety of forested terrain.
There is a special groomed loop trail for outdoor enthusiasts who wish to bring their dogs. You can do skijoring, dogsledding and skiing with your dog. As usual, if you bring your pet, please clean up after your dog
After having a wonderful time on China Ridge, it was time for ending my outing.
Deer abound in the valley, and are considered a major nuisance in Princeton, where they persist in living in town . As you can see wildlife viewing is one of the biggest attractions in the Similkameen Valley.
For some moments I was thinking in coming back to Vancouver but instead I decided to spent the night in Princeton. Now, if for some reason you want a bite in Princeton, there is a restaurant called Santos, don't eat the Greek food and either the desserts, you will be ok if you order pasta.
After a so-so dinner I started looking for a motel and I ended in Princeton Motel, now, if you want something for less than $50 the night this is the place to be, just keep in mind that you are going to spend three hours heating the room. Oh my, what a cold room, I even didn't take a bath!
Driving distance: 288 km (180 miles)