Shames Mountain Ski Area

Shames Mountain Ski Area is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of West Terrace, BC. We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Shames Mountain Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Shames Mountain Ski Area is not a part of any nationwide lift pass 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 Shames Mountain Ski Area.

Shames Mountain Ski Area Lodging:

Shames Mountain Ski Area Terrain Overview

Shames Mountain Ski Area has a total of 28 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Shames Mountain Ski Area is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 252 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 102 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Shames Mountain Ski Area's slopes see on average 480 inches (189 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 40 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
252(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
480"(189 cm)

Shames Mountain Ski Area Elevation

Shames Mountain Ski Area has a summit elevation of 3,900 feet, or 1,189 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,300 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,600 feet (488 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Shames Mountain Ski Area's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,900'(1,189 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,600'(488 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,300'(701 m)

Shames Mountain Ski Area Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
43.8out of 100
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Shames Mountain Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Shames Mountain Ski Area has 252 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Shames Mountain Ski Area is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 21% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 79%.
21%(53 acres)

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.

Blue Square
60%(151 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
19%(48 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Shames Mountain Ski Area good for beginners?

Shames Mountain 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 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Shames Mountain Ski Area Location

Shames Mountain Ski Area is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearby the town of West Terrace, BC.

West Terrace, BC V8G Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
54.43286, -128.98900

Getting to Shames Mountain Ski Area

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Shames Mountain Ski Area), its coordinates of 54.43286, -128.98900 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of West Terrace, 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 Shames Mountain Ski Area.

Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-KitimatYXTTerrace, BC27 km
Prince Rupert AirportYPRPrince Rupert, BC96 km
Smithers AirportYYDSmithers, BC124 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Shames Mountain 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 Shames Mountain Ski Area.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Shames Mountain Ski Area Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,900 ft
Base Elevation2,300 ft
Vertical Drop1,600 ft
(21% Beginner,  60% Intermediate,  19% Expert)
Skiable Acres252
Avg. Annual Snowfall480 inches
Shames Mountain Ski Area Mountain Stats