Going into the backcountry is an increasingly popular activity, and the terrain in EC Manning Provincial Park is a wonderful place to get into the great outdoors.
If you are heading into the backcountry, please make sure you are properly prepared.
Manning Park Resort checks in-bounds terrain, but does not forecast conditions for the backcountry, so make sure you inform yourself. There are a number of great resources available:
CAA avalanche courses
Avalanche Canada Mountain Information Network:
Avalanche Skills Training courses are available with:
Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors
Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
Topographical maps of Manning Park are available in the Country Store and at the Nordic Centre.
To purchase a mobile map of Manning Park, go to http://www.clarkgeomatics.ca/ios.html (Manning Park/Skagit Park, BC – Map 104)
At the Manning Park ski hill, you may encounter the following signs when heading beyond Apple Bowl Hike, towards Poland Lake, or any time you go outside of posted boundary limits.
The area beyond this boundary is hazardous back country terrain. The area is uncontrolled, unmarked, not inspected, not patrolled, and involves many risks, dangers and hazards including avalanche. Be prepared for avalanche danger, weather changes and terrain hazards.
Persons proceeding beyond this point should be trained and properly equipped for self-rescue.”
“Back Country Checklist:
- Do you have any back country knowledge or avalanche awareness training?
- Does anyone know where you are going?
- Do you have an updated weather forecast?
- Have you read the latest public avalanche bulletin from the Canadian Avalanche Association? (1-800-667-1105)
- Are you properly equipped with a shovel, transceiver and probe?
- Are you properly dressed?
No one will take care of you except yourself. If you have any questions, please talk to the ski patrol.”
Please note that Manning Park Resort does not have a check-in system. Please inform someone outside of the Resort of your backcountry plans and when to expect you.
If you are planning on crossing the in-bounds terrain of Manning Park, you must follow the designated up-track. Hikers are not permitted on any other runs on the mountain, due to safety reasons.
On the Orange Chair, the designated path is skiers right (climber’s left) of Horseshoe Trail, following Upper Horseshoe Trail if you wish to continue to the top of the hill. Please be aware this is a beginner run.
If you are coming from Strawberry Flats, once you reach Fool’s Hen run, you must hike down on skier’s left of the run to meet up with the up-track on Horseshoe Trail.
On the Blue Chair, the designated path is skiers left (climber’s right) of Wagon Trail. Please be aware this is a beginner run.