Black Jack

Grooming ended here at home last Tuesday and the local season is winding down. So Margaret and I took the weekend off and zipped up to Black Jack Cross Country trails in Rossland B.C.

Neither of us had ever skied at Black Jack before. It's only 200 miles from home, and they've still got plenty of snow and they're grooming daily.

The trails at Black Jack are super! Make no mistake, they're challenging trails with lots of up and down, but the trails flow beautifully and the fast and curvy downhills are very skiable and put a big smile on your face. With 30km of trails, plus about 10km of trails on the adjacent (connected) biathlon trails, there is plenty of variety to fill a weekend. The trails are situated at about 4000 feet above sea level, and they get a long season with plenty of snow.

There are trail-side warming huts along the trails which adds some opportunities for family outings with picnic gear. Here's a shot of one of the huts, situated with a great view and located just about 5km from the trail head.

We had the added bonus of getting a chance to stay with our friends Ethan and Alex who live about a block from the trail head. And in the afternoons we were able to play the part of weekend tourists, wandering through downtown Rossland, an old mining town with a lot of cool old buildings and a very vibrant retail district with funky shops and great places to get eats.

To top it off, it seemed that everywhere we turned Margaret was running into someone she knows from Canadian ski days - it seems that Canuck skiers all end up in Rossland!

If your home ski area is running out of snow, a short road trip might be a great way to celebrate spring and also stretch your ski season.


With the ski season winding down, the remaining Rossignol, Madshus, and Atomic skis and boots are on sale. As always, the skis are top quality and all skis come with a grind and hotbox service at no additional charge. Sale prices are limited to in-stock items. Send email if you have questions.