British Columbia, Canada — Mining asbestos used to be a big deal in Canada, as towns were created to export the fire retardant. However, its environmental impacts on humans led to the swift decline of asbestos. In one town, it led to the rise and fall of a small ski hill during the second half of the 20th century.

In Skier72’s latest episode of The Lost Resorts, he dives into the story of an abandoned mining town and the ski area that once existed there. The town of Cassiar had over 1200 people living there during its peak. Its ski hill, which operated from 1965 to 1992, had a couple of trails and a few lifts. Ultimately, the debt held by the mining company led to the town and ski area’s decline. The town’s assets were liquidated via auction, and most of the town is now abandoned, including the ski hill.

The video below explores the history of the town, the life and times of the ski hill, and the mountain’s topography. It is a fascinating glimpse into skiing and Canadian history.

Image/Video Credits: Skier72

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