My Recreational Mountain Cooperative, British Columbia

Shames Mountain

Home to 1,600 vertical feet of powder, Shames Mountain is located 35 km (22 Mi.) west of Terrace in the spectacular Shames Valley amidst the majestic Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia.

Established in 1990-91, Shames Mountain’s terrain leasehold is 7,800 acres, of which only 225 are patrolled; backcountry options are truly endless. Backcountry travel opens up a whole new world of adventure. There’s nothing like exploring seemingly endless terrain filled with an abundance of virgin powder, adventure and challenge.

As described in Powder Magazine: "Shames receives 475 inches of annual snowfall, laying claim to one of the deepest, most consistent snow packs in North America and its backcountry access is unrivalled."

My Mountain Co-op (MMC) is Canada's first non-profit ski community co-operative. MMC is based in Terrace, BC, serving the northwest region and beyond. Its members represent many walks of life. They are students, tradespeople, professionals, business owners, families, backcountry enthusiasts, and snow-lovers all.

Tenure of the ski area was officially transferred to MMC by the provincial government late in 2012, fulfilling the last condition of the purchase agreement between MMC and the Shames Mountain Ski Corporation. While gearing up to operate Shames Mountain for the 2013-2014 ski season, its third as a community service co-operative, MMC is also working on generating a Master Plan to guide its development over the next several years.

MMC’s History

MMC was built on the foundation of an initial non-profit society called Friends of Shames (FoS). When the previous owners of the Shames Mountain Ski Area wanted to retire and put the ski hill up for sale, FoS began work with the purpose of supporting the development and long-term viability of the Shames Mountain Ski Area with a sustainable plan, resources and strategic partnerships.

When it came into being in 2008, FoS’s mandate was to pinpoint the most effective way to keep the ski hill open and viable for the long-term. They extensively reviewed business model options including non-profit (society), co-operative, and charity business structures. They also consulted with lawyers and consultants who specialize in non-profit and alternative business structures, as well as hosted numerous community forums to gather feedback and encourage discussion. As a result, they determined that the community service co-operative model is the best legal structure for the Shames Mountain ski area.

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Mountain Statistics for My Recreational Mountain Cooperative
Base Elevation: 2,300 ft (701 meters)
Summit Elevation: 3,900 ft (1,189 m)
Vertical Drop: 1,600 ft (488 m)
Skiable Area: 252 acres (102 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 480 in (1,219 cm)
Longest Run: 13,200 ft (4,023 m)
Snowmaking: 0 %
Number of Lifts: 3
Uphill Lift Capacity: 2,100 per hour
Types of Lifts: 1 Handle Tow
1 Surface Lifts
1 Double Chair
Number of Trails: 28
Trail Ratings for My Recreational Mountain Cooperative
Easiest: Easiest 21%
More Difficult: More Difficult 60%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 19%
Experts Only: Experts Only 0%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for My Recreational Mountain Cooperative
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes