Summit Lake Ski Area is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Nakusp, BC.
We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Summit Lake Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Summit Lake 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 Summit Lake Ski Area. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Summit Lake Ski Area's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Summit Lake Ski Area around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Summit Lake Ski Area Terrain Overview
Summit Lake Ski Area has a total of 8 ski trails, which are serviced by 2 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Summit Lake Ski Area is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 27 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 11 hectares, 0.0 square miles, or 0.1 square kilometers.
Summit Lake Ski Area's slopes see on average 150 inches (4.6 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 12 feet every year!
Summit Lake Ski Area Elevation
Summit Lake Ski Area has a summit elevation of 3,018 feet, or 920 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,542 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 476 feet (145 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Summit Lake 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.
Summit Lake Ski Area Difficulty Level
10.7out 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
Summit Lake Ski Area has 27 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Since Summit Lake Ski Area is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 75% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 25% trails are rated as intermediate.
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 Summit Lake Ski Area good for beginners?
Summit Lake Ski Area is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 75% of its trails are rated as "beginner".
Summit Lake Ski Area Location
Summit Lake Ski Area is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Nakusp, BC.
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Getting to Summit Lake Ski Area
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Summit Lake Ski Area), its coordinates of 50.15885, -117.64199 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Nakusp, 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 large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Summit Lake Ski Area.
|Calgary International Airport||YYC||Calgary, AB||276 km|
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 Summit Lake Ski Area.
|Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional Airport||YCG||Castlegar, BC||96 km|
|Kelowna International Airport||YLW||Kelowna, BC||126 km|
|Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport||YXC||Cranbrook, BC||146 km|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Summit Lake 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 Summit Lake Ski Area.
|Whitewater||Nelson, BC||6,567 ft||62%||87 km|
|Revelstoke||Revelstoke, BC||7,300 ft||97%||96 km|
|Silverstar Mountain||Spallumcheen, BC||6,283 ft||62%||103 km|
|Big White Ski||Kelowna, BC||7,606 ft||56%||104 km|
|Panorama Mountain Village||Panorama, BC||7,875 ft||71%||105 km|
|Sovereign Lake Nordic Center||Vernon, BC||6,060 ft||32%||107 km|
|Salmo Ski Hill||Salmo, BC||3,100 ft||33%||111 km|
|RED Mountain||Rossland, BC||6,807 ft||70%||119 km|
|Kimberley||Kimberly, BC||6,500 ft||60%||128 km|
|Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area||Fairmont Hot Springs, BC||5,200 ft||42%||130 km|
|Kicking Horse||Golden, BC||8,218 ft||88%||133 km|
|Phoenix Mountain Ski Area||Grand Forks, BC||4,652 ft||36%||135 km|
|Silver Mountain||Kellogg, ID||6,300 ft||58%||148 km|
|Baldy Mountain Resort||Oliver, BC||6,965 ft||35%||160 km|
Summit Lake Ski Area Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||3,018 ft|
|Base Elevation||2,542 ft|
|Vertical Drop||476 ft|
(75% Beginner, 25% Intermediate, 0% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||150 inches|