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Mount Cain is a charmingly old-school, t-bar serviced ski hill with great powder and none of the crowds common at most alpine resorts. Find it in the heart of the Nimpkish Valley not far from the highway near Woss. Summer hikers march across alpine meadows. Blustery Nimpkish Lake attracts windsurfers and kiteboarders. And paddlers joyride around aptly named Schoen (German for “beautiful”) Lake.

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Things to do in The Nimpkish Valley

  1. Open on weekends, select Mondays and during the Christmas and spring break periods, Mount Cain is renowned for the deep powder that piles up on its 21 runs during the December to April season. The old-school appeal of the place is marked by t-bar lifts, modest line-ups, welcoming accommodations and great community spirit. Catch a bus here from North Island communities during the ski season. Plan a visit for Back Country Fest (February) and Kids’ Fest (March). And enjoy hiking, fishing and camping in the summer.
  2. Stop in the logging community of Woss for a look at Locomotive 113, a retired 1920 steam logging train undergoing a loving restoration. Woss Lake is a beautiful spot a little further along the road from the village.
  3. Nimpkish Lake is renowned for its high-speed windsurfing and kiteboarding as well as SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) boarding and freshwater fishing. Area rivers attract whitewater rafters and kayakers.
  4. Get an easy access taste of the North Island’s subterranean world at Little Huson Cave Provincial Park.
  5. Hike up to the Woss Fire Lookout.