Now that we have your attention, it’s time to give you the downlow about Kimberley. Don’t worry if you don’t understand our millennial slang, we’ll explain it all in due time.
No matter how much time you’ve spent in this unique place (there’s just something special about a town with only one set of street lights), we can almost guarantee you still don’t know all the Kimberley experiences there are to be had. We don’t blame you, TBH there’s so much going on in this awesome, but unassuming town it’s hard to keep up with it all.
All the feels – friendly, modest charm
What do people think of when they think of Canadians (besides hockey), they think of the word friendly. Canadians are known around the world for being a friendly bunch and Kimberley is one of the absolute best examples of this. At Kimberley, locals and repeat visitors are super passionate about what an amazing place this is, but they aren’t going to be extra about it. If you ask, we’re happy to let you in on our secrets, but if you don’t ask, we’re happy to let you figure it out on your own too.
Get your Canadian on – go to a Dynamiters Hockey game while in town, skate at the skating rink at Trickle Creek Lodge, Snowmobile – tours are run out of nearby Cranbrook.
Kimberley is not quite your average ski town – in some ways it is, however in many ways it’s one and only of its kind in Canada. With its distinct European vibe, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled further than you probably have.
Do something different, Kimberley styles – Check out the Ullr Dag fest, an annual ski burning ceremony as an offering to the norse god of snow. Visit the Cuckoo Clock in the Platzl (give it some coin and it will even yodel for you) or attend one of their newer festivals – the Medieval Festival (annually in July).
Food & craft beer scene is on point
For a smaller town, there is a ton of lit AF places to eat and drink. First of all, Kimberley has its very own brewery – Overtime Beer works, a craft beer lovers dream! Other Kimberley dining gems include The Shed, Pedal and Tap, Sullivan Pub and Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery. Of course, there are all the usual comforts as well like – Stonefire Pizza, Kimberly City Bakery, Britner’s Fish & Chips, Burrito Grill (and more).
Get turnt – at free après live music at Stemwinder – weekly, The Shed in the Platzl, Overtime Beerworks (just beside the Platzl) and Friday night College nights at the ski resort.
A lesser known fact about Kimberley is that it’s actually super convenient to get to. The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) is located under a half hour away from the resort and has major carriers flying in, like WestJet. Many hotels also offer shuttles to pick you up, like Trickle Creek Lodge, Kimberley Alpine Resort’s top Ski in/Ski Out property.
Vacation Goals – Fly & ski all in one day. This can be done at Kimberley since the airport is so close or if you miss day skiing, we have night skiing as well!
Low key popular destination
In the ski resort world, there seems to only two extreme sides to the spectrum – super crowded, or deserted. Well Kimberley has somehow mastered being blissfully in between. While there are a healthy number of visitors to the town at any given time, if you’re skiing there’s a good possibility, you’ll hit a run or two and not see another soul and there’s a great possibility you won’t stand in a single lift line up.
Pro tip – Check out Dorval. Dorval is a forever favourite run of our staff as most people ride right on by it! Our theory is everyone is too busy making their way to the Easter chair to notice this spot and pass it by, but next time we suggest you try it out! To get to Dorval, ski right of the intersection to Dean’s Right and Ridgeway, some of the best attributes of Dorval are – it’s one of the steepest runs on the hill and is only groomed once a week. One of the rarest experiences you’ll have on this run is actually seeing another soul riding near you and if you do, there’s a safe bet they work at the resort or grew up skiing there.
A better Romantic getaway
Even better than Netflix and Chill? Romantic getaway seems to imply hanging out in your hotel room, going out for nice meals, spending quality time with your SO – and all of these are things you can do in Kimberley. But we’re upping the romance game by offering you fun experiences with your bae too.
Couple Goals – try out twilight snowshoe tour at the top of the mountain, topped off by chocolate fondue in the Kootenay Haus. Or go on a Snowshoe S’mores excursion, taking you around Trickle Creek Golf Course with a stop for a fire and smore’s before finishing up.
All Seasons Adventure on fleek
There’s so much to do here, you won’t have time in one trip (bruh….).
Pics or it didn’t happen. Try these Kimberley adventures on for size – Heli skiing, Night skiing, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Skating, Hockey, Black Spur Ultra (fall), Round the Mountain (summer), Horseback Riding (summer), Hiking, Biking and don’t forget golf…so much golf!
The downlow on snowfall
If after reading this whole list, snowfall is what it really comes down to when you you’re your vacation choice – the best is still yet to come for Kimberley! Historically, we get most snow during our winter seasons between February and April.
Yaas. That is all.
Millennial Slang Help:
PSA – Public Service Announcement
Slaying – Looking fresh or on point
RN – Right Now
all the feels – A phrase used to describe something that makes you feel good; or having good vibes
Extra – Over the top, dramatic behavior
On Point – fleek (see below)
Lit – When something is turned up or popping
Turnt – Hype for a party
S.O – Significant Other
Bae – A pet name that stands for Before Anyone Else
On fleek – refers to something that’s perfect or on point.
Bruh – Another way of saying “seriously?”
Yaas – An enthusiastic way of saying yes
Photos; Mountain Man Cole, The Shed, Tourism Kimberley
Calgary singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will be bringing a quartet to the Kimberley Conference Centre on February 16th for a concert and dance party that is sure to appeal to the young and the young-at-heart.
MBF, as he is popularly known, is a rising star in the alternative/folk/soul genre of popular music with an impressive collection of albums, EPs, and singles to his name. For much of the past decade he has toured North America, Europe and the UK, appearing at clubs, theaters, and festivals including the Calgary, Ottawa, and Winnipeg Folk Music Festivals in Canada. MBF has appeared on stage with Bryan Adams, Joel Plaskett, Steve Winwood, Third Eye Blind, and Ben Harper among others.
Fitzgerald plays a Gibson J45 acoustic guitar upon which he composes many of his songs. He is inspired by the likes of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Feist, Souls of Mischief and Mason Jennings. His stated goal is to pursue his craft as honestly as possible – devoid of smoke and mirrors.
The concert & dance party at the Kimberley Conference Centre has been arranged by Kimberley Arts Council’s Live at Studio 64 committee member Peter Kearns in liaison with the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. It will coincide with Family Day at Kimberley Alpine Resort and organizers are hoping to attract visiting skiers as well as locals to what is expected to be an upbeat and lively event. Tickets, priced $28 for Kimberley Arts Council members, $30 for non-members, are available at Centre 64 (250-427-4919) or online.
Kimberley, B.C – Come get your first turns of the season at Kimberley Alpine Resort this Saturday, December 15. Mother Nature and this week’s winter weather has given a boost to the mountain and our snowmaking crews.
We are pleased to be able to have the North Star Quad Chair, the Easter Chair, and the Magic Carpet open. With multiple runs off the Easter Chair including: Caper, Dean Left & Right, Upper Anton’s, All Over, Purl, Flapper, Magma, Comet, & Ridgeway to the base. Skiing on the front side will be on the Main, and Buckhorn & Twilight down to Hoot’s Way.
For a full listing of lifts, runs and services open please see our Snow Report.
Photo | Caper – December 13th
Kimberley, B.C – We are excited to announce that Kimberley Alpine Resort is embracing the growing trend of uptracking and is the first resort in the region to offer a self-guided uptrack route within its ski area boundary! Plus it’s free for season pass holders (day tickets available for others).
Uptracking (skinning, uphill skiing, skitouring, etc.) is a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and to earn your turns.
Safety is a priority at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, through formalizing our Uptracking program within resort boundaries we are equipped to allow both uptracking and resort work to be done simultaneously.
Please review rules & regulations and see where our uptracking zone will be on our website.
Kimberley, B.C – the team at Kimberley Alpine Resort takes pride in providing our guests with the best vacation and recreational experience possible, continuing with this tradition there are a number of changes and upgrades we’re working on pre-ski season to ensure this one is one of our best yet! Some of the highlights include;
The Epic Pass
Resorts of the Canadian Rockies’ Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska Ski Area, Mont-Sainte-Anne, and Stoneham will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning with 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 61 mountain resorts around the world for skiers and snowboarders.
Trickle Creek Lodge and Slopeside Coffee & Deli Loyalty Program
Get your coffee card at the Kimberley Alpine Resort Slopeside Coffee & Deli for the opportunity to get a free one after purchasing a certain amount. Plus receive perks at Trickle Creek Lodge as a repeat guest – the more you stay the more you get!
We’re adding 1 new grooming cat to our fleet! Plus our new cats are ‘Tier 4’, innovative technology from Pinroth, meaning they meet the new emission standard for the US.
More grooming – we’ve expanded our summer grooming capabilities with a cat specially adapted with a large mower on the front to assist mother nature in opening up the slopes as early as possible.
Explore More with Backcountry Trips
Joining forces with Boulder Hut Adventures last season allowed us to bring ski touring to Kimberley Alpine Resort! Stay at ski in/ski out Trickle Creek Lodge, located in the base area at Kimberley Alpine Resort and practically walk right onto your helicopter for the new one day heli assisted ski touring or book a custom trip to suit your needs! Educational trips, team building or custom family adventures are available. Pave your way through untracked Purcell powder in the back country surrounding Kimberley, with over 15,000 acres of terrain to explore, plus the nearly 2,000 acres of resort terrain your only problem will not be having nearly enough time for it all!
Kimberley, B.C – The Kimberley Disabled Skiing Association (also known as Dreadnaught Ski Racing) are instrumental in bringing world class adaptive and other ski races to our community, they are an integral part of our community and we are proud to have them in our home town.
On Sunday September 16th, Las Vegas is coming to Kimberley! The World Famous Dueling Pianos Show, takes center stage in the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre. The show is presented in part by: The Kimberley Disabled Skiing Association in partnership with, Kimberley Conference Center, Kimberley Alpine Resort, B104 & The Drive FM and Investors Group Cranbrook Wally Eddy.
Tickets are only $69.95 pp and include a Deluxe Prime Rib Buffet Dinner or book 2 show tickets and a 1 nights stay at Trickle Creek Lodge for just $219.90 +tax. Doors 5 pm / dinner 6 pm and the show kicks off at 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Local businesses are welcome (and encouraged) to purchase a full table of 8 or 10 tickets.
LIVE from Las Vegas, in Kimberley Conference Center – The World Famous Dueling Pianos Show. Step out of the ordinary and experience this high energy “sing out loud” one of a kind event! No two shows are every the same as the entire show is 100% ALL REQUEST!
Don’t forget this is all supporting the Kimberley Disable Skiing Association!
There are many reasons why one golf in Kimberley, B.C, whether it’s about the course, the town or the people – whatever your reason is, these might be a few more to consider;
Top courses to play
Trickle Creek Golf Resort – voted #1 course in the Kimberley & Cranbrook region by the B.C. Golfer’s Dream survey in 2016 and again this season! If golfing the #1 course in the region doesn’t tickle your fancy then we don’t know what will.
Escape the heat
Kimberley is cooler (in temperature that is). As well as being the highest city in Canada, Kimberley is located in the mountains, providing some nice cool mountain breezes on those hotter days. Don’t get us wrong, there are hot days, but compared to other nearby places (i.e – Okanagan area) Kimberley is definitely cooler!
Balls travel further
Kimberley, B.C is the highest city in Canada and no we don’t mean THAT kind of high. We mean altitude high and it’s a fact that golf balls do in fact travel further in higher altitudes. The science behind it is all about air density – air density decreases and elevation increases which means the ball can fly more easily through the air. So, if you’re looking to get more out of your swing – it’s time to try golfing in Kimberley! Don’t buy it? Well listen to a real scientist discuss higher altitudes and how it effects your game here on the Titleist website.
Take in the mountain views
Trickle Creek Golf Resort is frequently referred to as ‘a golfers dream’ with ‘dramatic elevation changes, peak-filled horizons, gorgeous white-silica bunkers, undulating greens and a solid Les Furber design add up to an unforgettable day of golf’. And it really is all that and more, just look at this photo and try to argue this point;
Animals and more
Don’t come just for the golf or the amazing landscape, come for the wildlife experience as well. Trickle Creek Golf Resort and Kimberley, B.C are home to friendly deer, birds, cute ground gophers and chipmunks as well as (not so friendly) bears, who all stop by once and a while to check out your score. While you always need to practice safety around wildlife and be bear aware, there is something amazing about seeing a mama bear and her cubs take a stroll across the green you’re aiming at, just sit back and take it all in (from a safe distance). Get a sampling of the wildlife you might see on our previous blog – ‘The keenest spectators, the wildlife of Trickle Creek‘.
A round (or two) after your round
Kimberley has a great ‘apres’ scene – whether it’s golf or ski season! At Trickle Creek Golf Resort, The Clubhouse offers a large patio facing the 18th green with amazing food and great drink options, or try out Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery for a view of the ski resort during the summer – it’s located just down the road at Trickle Creek Lodge. Plus Buckhorn & Main have just release their new summer flavours menu which features the incredible Smokey Bacon Burger! Venturing into town gives you even more options include Overtime Beerworks for some craft beer action, Pedal & Tap for a place the locals love as well as Stonefire Pizza for a family meal or Sullivan’s Pub for some keno fun and pub style fare.
On Wednesday, June 20th the very first WestJet flight landed at YXC, the Canadian Rockies International Airport, marking the beginning of their new Calgary, YYC to YXC direct flight service. This exciting new service brings Cranbrook and the surrounding areas including Kimberley, B.C even more accessible for travelers. Unless you live in a mountain town, you’ve likely never contemplated leaving your house and skiing or golfing that same day, but now you can! With Kimberley Alpine Resort & Trickle Creek Golf Resort just a short drive from the airport you can fly in the morning and ski or golf in the afternoon! Stay at Trickle Creek Lodge, ski in/ski out accommodations at Kimberley Alpine Resort and just down the street from Trickle Creek Golf Resort and enjoy shuttle service from the airport.
No we don’t mean beer…..we mean ski days!
Here’s a list of the most hardcore of hardcore skiers who made it out for 100+ days this past ski season!
A special congratulations to Ivan Mather who skied every single day this past season (121 days) and congratulations to all who skied 100 + days.
What a feat! How many days did you get in this year?