Shames Mountain Ski Corporation

Shames Mountain, which is the home to 1,600ft of vertical powder, is a community owned and operated ski hill. It is owned by a community initiative called My Mountain Coop.

About This Project

Shames Mountain is celebrating 21 years of operation in its idyllic location between Terrace and Prince Rupert in Northwest British Columbia. The mountain is known for its ‘drop dead views’ and more snow than any other lift-served ski area in North America. Twenty-two marked trails (over 133 acres) from beginner to double black diamond are accessed by one double chairlift, a T-bar and a handle tow. Natural glades offer 86 acres of tree skiing. Shames has a vertical of 1,600 ft. (488m) within the ski area boundaries and spectacular backcountry skiing.

Shames Mountain was listed for sale, and with no acceptable offers made, the possibility of the owners shutting down the hill became a reality.

In the surrounding communities, residents that enjoy the ski hill and business owners that rely on the winter tourism activity, established a non-profit society, Friends of Shames. This group studied different options on how to save the ski resort from being closed and came up with the possible solution of purchasing the hill with a not-for-profit co-operative model structure. Within a non-profit co-operative business structure, the ski resort would be a community-owned business that is funded through membership fees and grants.

The Directors of the My Mountain Coop are business minded individuals looking for investors to take a larger stake in the mountain. If you are interested in being part of the coop, you can buy a membership here. If you are interested in investing into the businesses in a more substantial manner, please contact Curtis Billey.

Project Status

Estimate Investment
$1.2 Million


Project Proponent

Curtis Billy
Director of Friends of Shames


Economic Development Contact

Terrace Economic Development Authority

Northern Development Initiative Trust

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