Murray Ridge Ski Area is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Fort St. James, BC.
We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Murray Ridge Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Murray Ridge Ski Area is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Murray Ridge Ski Area. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Murray Ridge Ski Area's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Murray Ridge Ski Area around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Murray Ridge Ski Area Terrain Overview
Murray Ridge Ski Area has a total of 22 ski trails, which are serviced by 2 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 750 acres, Murray Ridge Ski Area has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 304 hectares, 1.2 square miles, or 3.0 square kilometers.
Murray Ridge Ski Area's slopes see on average 118 inches (36 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 9 feet a year!
Murray Ridge Ski Area Elevation
Murray Ridge Ski Area has a summit elevation of 4,038 feet, or 1,231 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,299 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,739 feet (530 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Murray Ridge Ski Area's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Murray Ridge Ski Area Difficulty Level
49out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Murray Ridge Ski Area has 750 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Murray Ridge Ski Area is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 32% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 68%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Murray Ridge Ski Area good for beginners?
Murray Ridge Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Murray Ridge Ski Area Location
Murray Ridge Ski Area is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Fort St. James, BC.
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Getting to Murray Ridge Ski Area
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Murray Ridge Ski Area), its coordinates of 54.51800, -124.21100 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Fort St. James, BC to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Murray Ridge Ski Area.
|Prince George Airport||YXS||Prince George, BC||122 km|
|Smithers Airport||YYD||Smithers, BC||194 km|
|Quesnel Airport||YQZ||Quesnel, BC||200 km|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Murray Ridge Ski Area, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Murray Ridge Ski Area.
|Hart Highlands Ski Hill||Prince George, BC||2,493 ft||1%||110 km|
|Little Mac Ski Hill||Mackenzie, BC||2,611 ft||9%||116 km|
|Tabor Mountain Ski Resort||Prince George, BC||3,412 ft||37%||130 km|
|Powder King Mountain||Fraser-Fort George, BC||5,500 ft||51%||139 km|
Murray Ridge Ski Area Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||4,038 ft|
|Base Elevation||2,299 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,739 ft|
(32% Beginner, 32% Intermediate, 36% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||118 inches|