China Ridge Trails
COVID 19 NOTICE- ALL Buildings (the Longhouse, the China Hut, shelters and outhouses) are closed effective March 23rd. The trails are available for use - please practice responsible social distancing
Located just outside Princeton on the Snowpatch Road, China Ridge Trails has over 40 kilometers of groomed classical skiing, including 15 kilometers of dog friendly trails. There's also 15 kilometers of snowshoe trails, four back country shelters, one back country cabin and the Longhouse day use building. In the summer, single track enthusiasts will find 20 kilometers of great riding and all the ski trails are available for hiking, equestrian and mountain biking.
The trails and facilities are maintained by the volunteers of the China Ridge Trail Association, with the cooperation and support of:
BC Recreation Sites and Trails
The Regional District of Okanagan -
The Town of Princeton
The Vermillion Forks Community
The ski season at China Ridge typically starts in early December and lasts into late March or early April. The trails are best suited for classical skiing due to the width of most of the trails, however the China Loop and Ridge Trail can be skated. A core group of volunteers maintain the trails not only at China Ridge, but also a 5km loop in town located at the airport. Updated grooming reports and trail conditions are found on our China Ridge Trails Facebook group page.
All trails at China Ridge are two way trails, so there's an endless combination of routes one can ski. Click on the button below to access suggested ski routes.
All trails can be accessed from the Longhouse parking lot. The Longhouse is open 24 / 7 and is equipped with a wood stove, tables and benches - a great place to warm up and socialize after a day's ski. You'll need to bring your own refreshments however, and we ask you to please pack out any garbage. Outhouse facilities are located at the Longhouse, at each shelter /cabin and at the Biffy By Pass Trail (of course!).
Click on the button below to access a printable trail map. Trail maps are also posted at key intersections
All snowshoe trails can be accessed from the Longhouse and are marked with orange signs and flagging tape. Options include:
Homesteader 0.8 km
Owen 2.3 km
Kaeden 2.3 km
Parker 8.0 km ( to cabin)
Please do not walk down ski trails and when crossing over ski trails, please avoid stepping on the set tracks.
The China Ridge Cabin can be accessed in the winter on snowshoes using portions of the Parker Trail (not shown on the snowshoeing map). As the Parker Trail utilizes portions of ski trails, please click on button below for detailed route instructions to by pass the ski trails.
Dog Friendly Trails
Dog friendly trails include:
Dixon - Gulp 2 - L'ill Loop
Balsam (between K9 and Kayne 9 only)
Lind Burn (from end of K9 to the cabin)
Dog Trail Etiquette:
Keep your dog on leash in the vicinity of the Longhouse.
Maintain control of your dog at all times.
Clean up after your dog.
Do not allow your dog in any buildings or shelters.
Ski with your dog only on dog friendly trails.
Rates and Membership Form
Membership Year Runs
from November 1st - October 31st
Family Rate All Season $125
Adult All Season $75
Under 18 All Season $10
Adult Snowshoe $30
Adult Winter Use $60
Adult Summer Use $25
Adult Airport Ski Loop $30
Non Member Rates
Use by non members is by donation and is greatly appreciated. A donation box is located on the woodshed across from the door to the Longhouse at the main parking lot. A donation of $10 -$15 / day per user is suggested.