The 2022 Ski season in Wells is off to a fabulous start…..after all…”Wells Guarantees Winter!”  The trails are in great shape!

We hope you are enjoying winter and skiing where ever you are this season.

The bad news is that we have regretfully decided to cancel the Gourmet Ski again in 2022.  It was a tough decision, but with COVID numbers spiking, and with the transmissibility of the new variant, we feel it isn’t safe for either our volunteers or our participants to host the event.  Even though a lot of it is outside, we usually gather in the registration space and in the Jack for the event windup.

But we do encourage you to come to visit Wells and enjoy our trails. We are going to decorate the trails for the February weekend and put out some chocolate baskets.  Stay tuned to our updates.

Let’s hope by this time next year, we are through the pandemic!

In the meantime, stay safe, look after each other, and get outside.  We hope we see you for your own personal ski tour later in the season.


Saturday February 18, 2023 

If you’re not familiar with the Gourmet Ski, below describes what happens on a ‘normal’ year.

The Wells International Gourmet Ski has been the main fundraiser for WATS for over 10 years. Participants get to experience a few of the things that make Wells great: the skiing, the company, the gorgeous natural setting, and the delicious food produced in our humble kitchens!

Ski as much or as little as you would like, eat fantastic International cuisine at four food stations along the way, and join us for hot drinks and desserts at the finale. Get dressed up in your most ridiculous costumes for a chance to win great prizes! Stay in Wells for the evening and join us at the Sunset Theatre for our popular Winter Film Fest.

Registration is limited and we frequently sell out, so please continue to the registration form below. You will receive confirmation emails for your registration and for your payment. (Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t get them)


Saturday Breakfast — Breakfast is available at the Wells Hotel, the Bear’s Paw Cafe or the Jack O’ Clubs Cafe. (see restaurant hours below)

Check-in and sign waiver

Note: Everyone (including minors and infants) must check in and sign their waiver (parents must sign for minors). Also everyone must check out when they have finished skiing (otherwise SAR will be looking for you!) You will also receive your map, dishes and cutlery, and your swag!

Where: The Frog on the Bog (new location on the west side of the Bear’s Paw, Hwy 26, Wells)
When: 10 am until 12 noon
Parking: BGM (Barkerville Gold Mines) parking lot across from the Frog; not behind the Jack O’ Clubs

Ski and eat (and laugh)

There will be 4 food stations located out on our trail system, and the final station back at the Jack O’ Clubs. Their locations will be marked on the map we will give you when you sign in and complete your waiver.
Where: Start skiing from trail head — look for the banner behind the Bear’s Paw
When: Start skiing anytime between 11 am and 12 noon; food stations close at 2:45 pm
How: Ski the trails in any order or direction; visit the food stations in any order; visit the “Booty Basket” locations (marked on the map) to see some new trail development and to get extra treats!

Desserts and Finale (Prizes!!)
Where: The Jack O’ Clubs pub
When: Pub will be open for drinks starting at 1 pm; desserts will be ready to sample starting at 2pm to 4pm; prize give-away starts at approximately 3:30 pm; group photo in front of the Jack O’Clubs at approximately 4 pm.

There are great dinner options at the Jack O’ Clubs Restaurant, the Bear’s Paw Cafe or The Pooley Street Cafe at the Wells Hotel. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Winter Film Festival
The acclaimed Winter Film Fest is a great event in its own right. Dave Jorgenson of Whitegold Adventures has chosen some amazing short films for the 2020 Festival 
Where: The Sunset Theatre
When: 7 pm

Restaurant Hours:

  • Pooley Street Cafe: Friday: 5pm – 8pm; Saturday 8am -10am and 5pm – 8pm; Sunday 8am 0 12 noon and 5pm to 8pm.
  • Bears Paw Cafe: Saturday/Sunday: 10am – 4pm
  • Jack of Clubs: 8am – 8pm (pub opens at 4pm)


  • Book your accommodation early at:
  • Wells Hotel — (250) 994-3427
  • Mountain Thyme Getaway/Willow River Inn — (250) 994-2345
  • The Nest — (250) 994-3466 (Island Mountain Arts)
  • Barkerville Cottages — (250) 994-3332
  • The Hubs Motel — (778) 414-8484

Sunday — relax, enjoy the sights and trails around Wells, Barkerville and Bowron Lakes!

Barkerville’s Tube Run and winter activity programs will be open Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit their website Here