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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noun Spar·tan | \ ˈspär-tᵊn
marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial; undaunted by pain or danger // a Spartan athlete
If you weren’t sure why the Spartan Race chose the name, the above definition will provide any explanation needed. The Spartan race describes their competition as the ‘world’s leading obstacle course race’, however it’s organizers want to take it even further than it just being a race, suggesting it can be the start of an entire way of life. Encouraging athletes to not only sign up, train in advance of the race and eat well while doing so but to continue this practice much further than just completing the race.
With 3 main types of races, starting at 5km (Sprint) and going up to 21km (Beast), you can choose the type of race that suits your ability level best. Looking for a team building event? Sign up as a team and work together through a fun, challenging (sometimes grueling) event, get in shape together and bond through the experience. There’s even a kids race for the littles to participate in the fun!
Check out the 2019 course maps;
The Spartan website has everything to get you started, including training and nutritional guidelines, download yours now through their website and start your regime!
The Spartan Race is coming to Kimberley Alpine Resort this July on the 12th – 14th. Again, we ask, do you think you have what it takes to become a Spartan? If you do, accept the challenge and Sign up now.
Check out some pictures of the course at Kimberley Alpine Resort last year to see what’s in store for you on our flickr page.
Kimberley, B.C. is sometimes referred to as ‘off the beaten path’, but the truth is it’s actually super easy and extremely convenient to get to, given its close proximity to YXC – the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Yes, you read that right, it’s that close to an international airport. You don’t need to fly into Calgary and rent a car to get there, just fly right into YXC and grab a cab or shuttle to Kimberley (Trickle Creek Lodge has a free one if you’re a guest there). Being less than 30 minutes away, you’ll be in Kimberley before you know it (most people who live right in Calgary aren’t even that close to YYC, Calgary’s International Airport)!
Making things even easier is the addition of more flights to YXC through Pacific Coastal Airlines as part of their spring/summer schedule. Increase in flights and scheduling includes 7-day a week service, same day business travel options, flights twice daily between YXC & YVR and enhanced connections between regularly scheduled destinations within Pacific Coastal.
Don’t know much about Kimberley? Looking for a good reason to visit the area? Here are 5(ish) of the best reasons.
So much Golf!
‘A Golfer’s Dream’ is Trickle Creek Golf Resort’s slogan, but really it can apply to the whole region of Kimberley and its nearby towns, since there are so many golf courses to choose from! Try to fit them all in on one trip – you won’t be able to! But that’s okay, just another great reason to make the easy trip back.
Food & Craft Beer
If you’re one of those hipsters who travels around trying all the craft beer, fancy coffee and delicious food you can (and even if you aren’t), Kimberley is a stop you will want to make. There no shortage of unique and delicious options. Start the day off at the Kimberley City Bakery, all you have to do is read some of the rave reviews on their Facebook page and you’ll be convinced to stop in. You can easily spend the rest of the day bouncing around the restaurants in and around the downtown Platzl, try The Shed for a delicious lunch and craft beer, pop into Overtime Beer Works for a local brewery experience, try Pedal and Tap (so good it’s only open for dinner) and if you’re still thirsty after that, head to Buckhorn & Main that has great daily features (located right in your hotel, Trickle Creek Lodge).
The town of Festivals
The festivals in Kimberley just don’t stop! With something fun going on just about every weekend, in summer it starts with Marysville Daze at the beginning on June and continues with First Saturdays, Julyfest (the best of the fests), Round the Mountain, Kimberley Kaleidoscope (and a lot more)!
Outdoorsy Things – Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Kayaking
Kimberley truly is an outdoorsy town with a huge variety of outdoor fun, from strenuous to recreational. Is hiking and/or biking your thing? We’ve got trails from easy to hard, from forests to waterfalls and even an old train route turned bike/pedestrian path from Kimberley to Cranbrook called Rails to Trails. Prefer fishing? Kimberley is surrounded by mountain lakes and rivers and is known for it’s ‘feisty fish’. Looking for something a little gentler and to leisurely take in the surrounding scenery? Try kayaking down a quiet stream.
Quaint town to explore
For a ‘small ski town’ there is actually a ton to do in Kimberley, especially for families. Kids and adults will enjoy the aquatic centre, skate park, climbing centre and exploring the nature park (to name a few).
More about the new Pacific Coastal service see the Press Release on their website.
More information about activities, festivals and dining in town on the Tourism Kimberley website
More information about resort activities throughout our website
Main photo: Pacific Coastal Facebook
Other photos courtesy of Trickle Creek Golf Resort, The Shed and Tourism Kimberley
Kimberley, B.C – tunes, turns and tans! That’s how we like to describe the last weekend of the ski season at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Saturday, April 6th features our annual Spring Splash Pond Skim at 12pm followed by a FREE outdoor concert on the big stage in the plaza with headliner band Clayton Bellamy and the Congregation.
Clayton Bellamy is a JUNO award winning member of the Platinum selling super group the Road Hammers -The Road Hammers are the HIGHEST selling Canadian Country Band in history. Bellamy, is a five time Canadian Country Music Award winner and SOCAN songwriter of the year.
Join us again on Sunday, April 7, for the popular Dummy Downhill event at 12pm and watch the crashes! Immediately following the Dummy Downhill mingle among the goats, get your picture taken with the gorilla, bouncy castle, hula hoop workshops, rock climbing wall and more. Local favorite Leather Apron Revival to close out the weekend at 4pm on the big stage in the Plaza.
Weekend Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 6th – Splash Pond
9:00am – Splash Pond registration opens (registration for Splash Pond is on the day of the event on a first come, first serve basis for up to 100 participants. Waivers must be signed).
11:00am – BBQ and beer gardens open with DJ Ray spinning tunes! Kids activities, bouncy castle, rock climbing and more!
12:00pm – POND SKIM CHALLENGE BEGINS
1:00pm – Live music on outside stage in plaza by NEW SOUL DUO
4:00pm – Headliner Band CLAYTON BELLAMY AND THE CONGREGATION
7:00pm – Live music in Stemwinder by New Soul Duo
Sunday, April 7th- Dummy Downhill & Final Day
8:30-10:30am – Dummy Downhill Registration opens
**You can register now for Dummy Downhill at Guest Services or by emailing email@example.com**
10:30am – Judging & exhibition of Dummies
11:00am – BBQ and beer gardens open with DJ Ray spinning tunes! Goats, Gorillas, hula hoops, bouncy castle, rock climbing and more!
12:00pm – DUMMY DOWNHILL BEGINS
12:50pm – Dummy Downhill awards
1:00pm – Live music on outside stage by FACEPLANT
4:00pm – Headliner Band LEATHER APRON REVIVAL
For more info call 250.427.4881 or email
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