Ski & Ride Smithers is a community/family ski area, not a glitzy resort area where you show off your expensive new ski outfit. The snow is champagne powder, with a good balance of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. This is a place you can take your kids or grandkids and they can really learn to ski. You won't wait in long lines, except maybe during Christmas week, and you won't find yourself on a crowded run full of too many people.
A new lift has been purchased for installment in 2008 and the community has begun work on a run from the bottom of the chair lift all the way to town, in the valley below. The apre ski lodge is funky, true, but the food and drinks are great and the local people are very friendly. The service is good, the snow is awesome, the lines are short, the prices are right and this little unassuming gem is a welcome change from the crummy snow, high prices and glitzy attitude at some of the fancier ski resorts in BC.