Thank you once again for all your support this winter! We are really proud (and not surprised!) to see that Kimberley won the best small town in BC by CBC readers! And we were really stoked to see the Kimberley Alpine Team win the Mackenzie Investments Top Peak contest! Next up is voting for our friend Heather Gemmell and her powerful song about the arson on the Northstar Quad chair. Please give it a watch and vote for her now. Last winter is not too far behind us, but we want you to know that we are very focused on getting the Quad chair fixed and operational for next winter. Here is an update on our progress on the reconstruction of the Northstar lift control building and systems:
Immediately after the fire we placed orders for the primary components that are needed for the rebuild. This includes the drives (the electronic devices that control the speed and braking of the lift), the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) which is the computer system that manages the information coming from the various safety and control systems of the lift, and the communication lines that connect these systems from top to bottom.
Over the next few months these components are scheduled to arrive at Leitner-Poma’s facility in Kelowna, where their experts will assemble and program them to control the lift. They will then deliver them all to Kimberley and install them in a newly rebuilt lift control building (currently being planned), and reconnect all of the components to the Northstar.
It is hard to give an exact timeline of this process, but Leitner-Poma has generously prioritized the rebuilding of our lift in their production schedule and all efforts are being made to ensure that the Northstar will be running before next winter. We look forward to providing you with further regular and more detailed updates on the status of the project as it progresses.
Enjoy your spring!
The Kimberley Alpine Resort & Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Team
New season, new systems!
How to smooth out your first day on the slopes.
Well, here we are!
We’ve made it to another ski season during a pandemic, and while some regulations will stay the same as last season, we are also dealing with a few new ones. Here are some guidelines to help make your first day out in the mountains as smooth as possible for you and your family.
Request your Season Pass or Direct to Lift Card in advance
If you have purchased a season pass, you should have received an email requesting your upload your QR code/proof of immunization online. Please upload your information and request your pass be sent to you as soon as possible. Ensuring your pass gets into our printing queue as soon as possible allows you the best chance of receiving your pass ahead of your first visit. If you have not received your email requesting proof of immunization, please feel free to reach out to our guest services team to request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have requested your pass but have not received it before your first day, you will need to visit the resort Guest Services building to receive a day ticket and show proof of immunization. If you are having problems with our system accepting your Proof of Immunization please refer to our FAQ’s to find out why.
Mind our Know Before you Go updates
While many of our guidelines have stayed the same, a key update this season is the requirement to be fully vaccinated to access our resort lifts and facilities. Please refer to the information above on how to provide this ahead of your visit.
Bring your QR Code on your first few visits
To ensure we have record of your information, we encourage you to have your QR Code and government-issued photo id with you on your first few trips. If you purchase day tickets, you will need to show proof of immunization when picking up your lift tickets each time you visit.
Limit your baggage and prepare for a few lineups
We will not be allowing bags to be stored unattended in our daylodge or common areas. Please ensure you’re leaving any unnecessary baggage in your car or purchase a locker. While requiring proof of immunization should help alleviate some lineups at our lifts and facilities, please note that some people may still choose to stay distanced from others; we ask you to respect the wishes of those around you.
As always, we ask you to be kind to our fellow guests and also our staff. Please realize our front-line staff are working hard to ensure you enjoy your experience and share your passion for the mountains. Let’s all work together to make our mountain experience an enjoyable one.
Well our 2019 selves would have never thought our 2020 selves would be in this position, but here we are. The return of another winter season brings us to a new era of winter activities – the social distanced type of activities. While skiing and snowboarding is a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the mountains and keep our social bubbles intact, there are a variety of other outdoor activities to enjoy in our communities as well.
To top it off, we’ve done the research for you and put together some recommendations;
Fat Biking around Trickle Creek Golf Resort
Fat Biking is one winter sport that just keeps on rising in popularity. At Kimberley Alpine Resort you can take a guided Fat Bike tour around Trickle Creek Golf Resort by staying in your social cohort. Your tour is topped off by sitting around a fir and enjoying S’mores. The quintessential winter day!
Shop, Hang and Drink Local
Kimberley is home to a quaint pedestrian platzl located right in the heart of the town. Visit the inside and outside of this block not only for some great Instagram worthy selfie ops but also for local restaurants and shops with an unmistakable alpine vibe. Stop into The Shed for a laid back restaurant and bar with delicious worldly food creations and eclectic rotating beer selection. Check out the Arrow & Axe General store to find tried and testing outdoor and camping gear as well as ‘good vibes’ jewelry, outdoor fashion and local products. Pop over to Overtime Beerworks to sample the lagers, pales and ales from the only local brewery in Kimberley (outdoor seating available). But that’s not all, when looking at the platzl on google maps you’ll see a whole smattering of spots in one little area to explore all day long.
Snowshoe with Fondue & Night Skiing
Being a resort with night skiing, our running chairlift and lit up ski run provide the unique opportunity to enjoy the mountain by night. If you’re not into skiing under the lights and the stars (and even if you are and just want to mix things up a bit), take a fondue snowshoe tour. Wind through the forest atop the mountain under the stars, work up that appetite to enjoy a spread of fruits and pastries to dip in the chocolate fondue pot in the cozy warmth on our mountain top Kootenay Haus.
Kimberley, B.C – We all need some good news this year, and we’re here to bring it to you. We’re excited to be opening on Friday, December 11th, a day earlier than our original projected opening date!
Initially, we will have the Main Run & Magic Carpet open while we’re working hard on getting more terrain opened up soon.
Resort services this weekend will include:
- Stemwinder – Open daily at 8:30am for light breakfast & coffee, après ski & lunch
- Buckhorn & Main | 250-427-2525 – Open daily for express lunch as well as dinner
- Plaza BBQ & take-out – Saturday & Sunday
- Guest Services/Ticket Window | 250-427-4881 – 8:30am-4:30pm
- Rental & Repair Shop – 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Sports Alpine Retail Store – 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Winter Sports School | 250-432-0315 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Child Care will not be offered
For any questions please contact Guest Services at 250-427-4881.
Lift tickets will be $79 (adult rate) and will be available online and at our ticket windows, tickets will be available on tickets.skikimberley.com, please visit to see our recommendations on where to buy tickets during certain time periods.
Key policies we would like to note include;
- Masks are required to be worn throughout the entire resort, inside all buildings, in lift lines, while riding lifts, parking lots and our Plaza.
- Please maintain social distancing, stay 2m apart
We ask that you review our policies in full before heading out this season and to check back for updates.
Please keep in mind that early season conditions do exist on the mountain. Ski and ride with care.
For more information as it becomes available visit our Snow Report.
For more information, please contact:
Senior VP Marketing & Resort Experience, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
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6 breathtaking views and awesome adventures you won’t believe are less than a days drive from Calgary
If you live in Calgary, you’re actually pretty lucky to! Being able to live in a beautiful urban area surrounded by gorgeous mountains is certainly something to be thankful for. On top of the views, being so close to seemingly endless outdoor adventure and activities are an accolade many cities don’t have to brag about. If you’re looking for outdoor fun while maintaining social distance, here are a few suggested short staycations to consider.
Hiking & Biking
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Let’s start with Kimberley. People love to describe Kimberley as a hidden gem in the rockies – and that’s exactly what it is. You’ll need to turn off the main highway to find this town but trust us, it’s worth the time. Not only can you hike up the ski hill at the resort to take in some of the gorgeous views of the town from the top of the mountain, but Kimberley, like the others above have an array of trail networks in and around the towns. One of the places that is a must do while in Kimberley is the short walk to the Marysville waterfalls, it’s another one of those hidden gems you don’t expect to find so easily and is definitely worth the short trek out to it!
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Views from town and the top of the mountain
Next up, is a town that is already many Calgarians’ favourite short trip to make, Fernie, B.C. An easy 2.5/3 hour drive from the south end of Calgary along the Cowboy Trail you’ll drive right into Fernie’s town site, where you are literally surrounded by mountains on all sides. Continue through the town to Fernie Alpine Resort and you will not be disappointed. The views of the Lizard Range from the base of Fernie Alpine Resort are breathtaking enough, but by taking a ride on the Elk Chairlift you’ll get a view of the valley of Fernie, B.C that can’t be matched.
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Hiking & Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse
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Continuing on, let’s go to Golden, B.C, home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and just a 2.5 hour drive from Calgary’s north side. One of the unique aspects of Kicking Horse is the view of 6 National Parks from the peak of the mountain. And guess what, the peak of the mountain is easily within your reach! Kicking Horse has gondola accessed hiking and dining that offer some of the most stunning views you’ll find. And if you’re looking for something a little more to get the adrenaline pumping, the views from Via Ferrata are intense not just due to the views but due to the fact that you’re dangling off the side of a mountain or the suspension bridge (all while harnessed in of course).
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Places to stay along the way
Even though you can easily visit any one of these towns and get back to Calgary in a day, staying overnight is always a nice option to have!
✅ Gorgeous slopeside mountain views
✅ Outdoor patios & in hotel restaurants offering take out
✅ Outdoor pools & hot tubs
✅ Close to all activities & adventures
✅ Convenient and safe – all our suites have full kitchens
Both of our feature properties at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort feature all of the above, making either location a great basecamp for your quick getaway or longer staycation.
We realize this can be a difficult time to consider travelling, before heading out on your trip check on the Alberta & British Columbia government website for any guidelines or restrictions at your time of travel. To see what safety procedures and routines we have put in place visit our resort or hotel websites.
Kimberley Alpine Resort COVID information.
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In the words of arguably the most famous woman in the world, Queen Elizabeth – ‘‘Around the world we have seen heartwarming stories of people coming together to help others’, Kimberley (as we knew it would be) is of course, no exception.
We are all facing the most difficult time the world has ever seen, for most of us in a lifetime. And no doubt everyone has noticed the changes it has made to our daily lives. And while these times are challenging, it’s time like these that show us what we’re made of and allows us to appreciate the things we do have and to realize that we are all in this together, it’s through the support of each other we will get through this and come out the other end with a renewed appreciation for what surrounds us.
Here are just a few of the awesome initiatives going on in our community;
Facebook Social Distancing Cooking Class
Started by our very own Rob from Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery! This Facebook group is open to everyone – a place to share recipes and cooking videos to help everyone with ideas for what to cook your family for meals as well as maybe pick up a few new skills. Join the group today.
The Kimberley Front Porch Project
Local photographer Chelsea from Meadowsweet Photography has started a Facebook group to feature the people and businesses of Kimberley to show the way people are being affected during these times, in exchange for being featured there is an optional GoFundMe page set up for donations that will be given to the Kimberley Food Bank. To date there has already been over $5000 raised! To have Chelsea stop by and feature your family and/or business, check out the Facebook group page for contact info, to donate directly go to the Go Fund Me.
Paws in the Window
Another fun way to raise donations is the Paws in the Window initiative, set up by the Kimberley Kritters store. They ask you to make a piece of pawprint art, put it on display in your window, take a picture and send it to the Facebook page. For every picture received Kimberley Kritters will donate $1 raising funds to support free pet food and supplies to those who need it in the community. See the art and get inspired on the Facebook group page.
Care Packages from Food & Beverage
When we unexpectedly shut down on March 15th, as you can imagine one of the side effects of this was having a surplus of food in danger of going to waste. Our Food & Beverage Director, Shawna, along with colleagues Chef Jenn and Sous Chef Kasey thought quickly and put together care packages for our team to take home avoiding food waste and making sure it was well used.
Sparks Kimberley Birthday Parades
The longer the situation continues, the more birthdays we’re celebrating at a physical distance. The Sparks Youth Centre has come up with a fun solution to that. Let them know when your birthday is in their Facebook group and you might even get a parade for your birthday to enjoy from your home!
Our outdoor adventures may be on hold, but rest assured they will still be there for us to enjoy in the future and until then, we’ll continue to support each other. And so to quote The Queen one more time – ‘we will meet again.’
*If you know of someone doing something great for your community message us through our Facebook page and let us know!
Kimberley, B.C – Ah the good ol’ days of skiing! One pieces, neon suits, spandex, headbands, straight skis, backscratchers, daffies. It’s your time to break out the old-school, retro, vintage (whatever you want to call it) ski wear and head on up to Kimberley Alpine Resort and celebrate the good ol’ days of spring skiing at our annual North Star Day on Saturday, March 28th!
Check out the lineup of events and activities, including: ski ballet, history tours, mogul competition, best dressed dog competition, beer sampling, live music, beer gardens, etc.
This is a free event to guests of all ages, taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the base area of Kimberley Alpine Resort. We encourage everyone to embrace the old days by wearing the best retro outfits and vintage attire. Those who dress up will have a chance to win special prizes.
This is a spring time party that you don’t want to miss!
Schedule of the day
10:00am–Historical Ski Tour of North Star Mountain
10:00am–Registration for Mogul Competition and Ski Ballet Workshop in Plaza
11:00am– Beer Gardens & BBQ Open
11:00pm–Best Dressed Dog and Dog Trick Competition
11:00am–Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and Kids Activities
11:00am – Meet the Vahana Weed Eating Goats
11:30pm– 2:30pm – Live Music in Plaza – BLUE CRUSH
12:00pm – Musical History Tour with Brian Wright in Stemwinder
12:00pm–Ski Ballet Demo and Workshop
12:00pm – Kootenay Haus Deck Party
1:00pm –Beer Sampling with Stanley Park and Mill St Breweries
1:00pm – Historical Ski Tour of North Star Mountain
1:00pm – Mogul Competition
2:45pm – Awards for Mogul Comp, Best Dressed, Big Hair and Goggle Tan
3:00pm – 6:00pm – Live Music – MILE HIGH CLUB
Kimberley, B.C – Kimberley Alpine Resort conducts an annual summer glading and mowing program on the mountain to add new skiing/riding, to get our existing runs open and in better shape earlier. We upped our commitment by 30% this year and our hard working crew did a great job getting us ready for winter!
We focused on three programs this summer:
- Hand Glading out treed areas, increasing the amount of ridable terrain:
- Runt Glades – We opened up this area, which is a locals’ favourite with steep and deep tree skiing on your way to Easter Chair.
- All Over Glades – We cleaned up the glades on both sides of All Over Run – top to bottom tree skiing – Oh yah!
- Anton’s Glades (skier’s left) – We opened up the chutes at top skiers left then continued brush cutting down skiers left.
- Anton’s Glades – (skier’s right) – The steep trees between Anton’s and Flush visible to the left of the of the Easter Chair were cleared out of alders and deadfall. You can now ski the trees and pop out on Flush or keep following the ridge down eventually popping out on Anton’s.
- Jackpot Glades – These glades have been cleaned up and are ready to shred.
- Dean Glades – This area was cleaned up last year and we did a bit more brushing this year focusing our efforts on skiers left. A fun blue run for the intermediate and expert.
- Machine Mowing on existing runs:
- We expanded our summer grooming capabilities with a newer cat specially adapted with a large mower on the front to assist mother nature in opening up the slopes as early as possible. We focused the majority of our summer cat grooming on the front side and blue intermediate terrain on back side including the Main, Stemwinder, Buckhorn, Mambo, Moe’s, Purl, All Over, Caper and others.
- Hand Mowing and Cutting by crews on existing runs, including:
- Runt, Anton’s Black, Geneva, Tamarack, Jackpot, Jackpot Glades, Lower Main, Below Skier Bridge, Owl TBar, Nate’s Way, Upper Mambo, Lodge Face, Twist, Midwinder
Kimberley Alpine Resort is scheduled to open on Saturday, December 14th, keep an eye on our website, social media & RCR app for updates.
We look forward to an awesome season and seeing you on the slopes!
For more info call 250.427.4881 or email
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Off the beaten path? Yes. Easy to get to? Also Yes.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘off the beaten track’ and it might not apply to many places as much as it does Kimberley. Having to leave the main highway to take a side highway to get to the town is part of it, however that’s not the only way to Kimberley.
A lesser known way to get to Kimberley (yet even easier and faster), is through air. Kimberley is the closest ski resort in the region to an international airport – about a half hour away!
The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC), is just a short drive down the road, and the great news is, it’s serviced by major airlines such as West Jet and Pacific Coastal Airlines. With daily flights flying in from airports all over Canada as well as from the United States, Kimberley no longer needs to be looked at as ‘off the beaten path’ (although it does still have that charm). A huge bonus – if you’re staying at Trickle Creek Lodge, Kimberley Alpine Resort’s premiere ski in/ski out hotel property, they’ll even send a shuttle to pick you up right from the airport – for FREE! This is one place you can really fly & ski all in one day.
Kimberley Alpine Resort and the town of Kimberley B.C hold a certain small town vibe about them. They both have a distinct Canadian feel while architecturally European looking, they’re like no other place in B.C (or Canada). Skiing of course being one of the many popular activities to experience in Kimberley, it certainly doesn’t stop there. It’s well known for being a family friendly resort with appropriate terrain (and perfect purcell powder), apres activities for kids and the only resort in the area with night skiing, however it’s also an awesome time for of agers – Americans take note, our drinking age is 19 up here ;-). There’s live music every weekend in The Stemwinder Bar & Grill at the resort located just a few steps away from Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery and even pop up craft beer stations to check out while you’re riding the powder. On top of that, Kimberley hosts fun events all the time with everything from ski races to outdoor concerts and parties.
If all that ski hill fun isn’t enough, the town of Kimberley is less than a 5 minute drive away and has an incredibly quaint walking plaza with multiple shops and a craft brewery, it’s like an awesome pub crawl but barely having to move!
If you’re looking for even more ideas on what to do in Kimberley, here are some other helpful spots to check out;
4 Epic Winter Adventures to Have in the Canadian Rockies (Besides the Obvious)
Winter Activities & Heli Skiing at Kimberley Alpine Resort
If you’re looking for even more terrain to hit, Fernie Alpine Resort is just about an hour away from Kimberley and perfect for a little day jaunt to check out a different mountain.
So what are you waiting for? Go on, book your trip to Kimberley now!
Visit the Canadian Rockies International Airport website for flight info.
Book your flight through West Jet.
Pair flights with your hotel and lift tickets through RCR Vacations.
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