Harper Mountain is a charming, family-friendly ski area located 25 minutes outside Kamloops. Ski or snowboard 15 trails on over 400 acres of terrain with a vertical drop of 1,400 ft or 427 m. With one chair lift, one T-bar and one rope tow, this mountain also includes a snow tube park, snowshoe trails and cross-country skiing.
This family-owned ski hill was built by avid skier and contractor, Max Daburger, who immigrated from the Bavarian Alps in 1951 determined to build a ski resort. For a year and a half, he hiked the hills of Kamloops until he discovered the ideal location and elevation with a north facing slope.
After forming a partnership with Peter Huser, trees were cleared for the ski runs and the logs were used to build the T-Bar, handle tow and the wood frame lodge. Since opening in 1973, the resort is still operated by the Daburger family and remains an affordable family winter experience.
If skiing isn’t your thing, the tube park is fun for all ages with a lift accessed ride up Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. With a lit up park, you can also tube at night Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-9pm.
Catch valley views as you snowshoe over 11 km of trails. For a 2-hour excursion, ride the chairlift up for $12 and snowshoe back down to the lodge. There is also one marked and groomed 3 km cross-country ski trail for both skate and classic skiing.