Harper Mountain Ski Area, Kamloops, BC

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Harper Mountain Ski Area in British Columbia and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. Harper Mountain Ski Area is located on Mt Harper, just a short distance from Paul Lake Provincial Park, northeast of the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. Harper Mountain Ski Area was the […]

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Harper Mountain Ski Area in British Columbia and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. Harper Mountain Ski Area is located on Mt Harper, just a short distance from Paul Lake Provincial Park, northeast of the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. Harper Mountain Ski Area was the vision of Max Daburger, a native of Bavaria, Peter Huser from Switzerland and Canadian, Paul Noelle. Max Daburger moved to Canada in 1951 where his skills as a carpenter led him to home building and working as a general contractor in the Kamloops area. Despite his busy work life and raising four children with his wife Elizabeth, Max still maintained his passion for skiing and the dream of one-day opening and operating a ski facility. Several years and many hikes later, Max finally discovered the perfect location for his dream to become a reality and started the process by forming Harper Mountain Ski Lifts Ltd. What is so interesting about this story is that Max was able to draw upon his many skills and take a hands-on approach to designing, building and opening Harper Mountain Ski Area to the public in December 1973. It opened with one T-Bar, a Handle Tow, 3 or 4 runs and a day lodge that was constructed by Max and fellow friends. Harper Mountain Ski Area was created with the goal of building a truly family-friendly experience that everyone from the surrounding area and beyond could enjoy. It was not until 1977, that Harper Mountain installed its first chairlift, a triple, named the Huser Triple in honor of Peter Huser, Max’s friend and co-founder. Members of the Daburger family, along with Max’s sister Maria, are still involved in the operation of the ski area and continue to make this a special place for all to enjoy. Escape2ski had the privilege to speak with Elizabeth and Lisa (daughter-in-law) who were able to share their continued passion for the business, insights about the mountain and the many memories created for and by those who have visited. Harper Mountain Ski Area remains a true to its family-friendly roots, which is evidenced by the return of generations of families to this wonderful gem of a ski area.

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On the Slopes

  • Harper Mountain Ski Area has a wide variety of terrain that makes this gem a true family-friendly ski area with a selection of runs that will meet the needs of any skiing or snowboarding family. All beginner, intermediate and expert terrain is serviced by a chairlift and two surface lifts. There are even two expert trails, fittingly named Cliffhanger and Pioneer. There is also a backcountry option available for those who have the skills and equipment required to venture into these extreme areas. Please, obey all warning signs.
  • For the Terrain Park enthusiast, Harper Mountain features a terrain park equipped with several features that will test your skills and is accessible from the T-Bar lift. For those unable to enjoy the slopes during the day, no problem, a night session on select trails is available on Friday and Saturday.
  • Harper Mountain is also a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. Their qualified instructors are there to help everyone from beginners to those looking to improve their skiing or snowboarding technique. Various programs and lessons are available for both children and adults. There are group, private and even semi-private instruction opportunities available, along with the popular “3 Day Learn to Turn” program. Children, as young as three can enjoy a private lesson, if the parents wish to make a few turns on their own.

Off the Slopes

  • Even though this family-friendly mountain has no lodging available, it’s only a short drive to Kamloops where you’ll find amenities and lodging for every budget, dining for every taste from fast-food to gourmet cuisine, plus and shopping at several malls.
  • Harper Mountain Ski Area has a licensed facility that serves up hot wine created from a Swiss family recipe that has long been a favourite of many after a great day on the slopes. There is also an extensive menu in the cafeteria that prides itself on serving hot meals, including being recognized as having the “best poutine” in the area. All of this can be enjoyed while relaxing around what is known as the “coziest” fireplace in the area.
  • If you are just looking to spend a day enjoying the great outdoors, Harper Mountain Ski Area also offers many activities other than skiing or snowboarding. They have a popular tubing area, complete with 4 lanes, serviced by a lift. Tubing is also available under the lights on Friday and Saturday. Call 250-573-5115 ext 1 for more info.
  • The combination of fresh air, great snow, and hot chocolate make the 3km/2mi single groomed and track set cross-country trail loop and snowshoe area, an adventure you don’t want to miss. Dress for the weather as you will get a great cardio workout through this forested area. Rentals are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
  • While at Harper Mountain, visit the retail shop for any last minutes needs to make your day on the slopes more enjoyable, from gloves, toques, helmets and complete rental packages for those in need of equipment.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1400 ft / 427 m

Base Elevation:
3600 ft / 1097 m

Summit Elevation:
5000 ft / 1524 m

Skiable Area:
400 acres

Average Snowfall:
156 in / 397 cm

Trail Map

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 16

Beginner: 4 (25%)

Intermediate: 8 (50%)

Advanced: 2 (13%)

Expert: 2 (12%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Kamloops BC , 19mi / 30km

Nearest Major City:
Kamloops BC, 17mi / 27km

Nearest Town/City:
Kamloops BC, 17mi / 27km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: N/A

Direct Phone: 250-828-0608

Snow Phone: 250-573-5115

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 10 to Mar 26

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: W, Th, F, Sa, Su

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Night session Thu-Fri, 5:00pm to 9:00pm : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 3

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

=Chairlifts=

Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 1

Doubles: 0

Surface Lifts: 2

Lodging

Mountainside: No

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Kamloops Airport  (YKA)
Distance: 19 mi / 30 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Kelowna Intl Airport  (YLW)
Distance: 112 mi / 179 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Snow Town Tube Park