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 firstname.lastname@example.org**
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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Kimberley, B.C – Once again, we are resurrecting the past of Kimberley from the 1930s through the 2000s! 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 third annual North Star Day on Saturday, March 30th!
Find tons of fun stuff to do including: ski ballet, mogul competition, best dressed dog competition, free beer tasting, bands, beer gardens, big hair competition, etc.
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 in Plaza
11:00am – Beer Gardens & BBQ Open
11:00am – Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and Kids Activities
11:00pm – Best Dressed Dog and Dog Trick Competition
11:30pm– 2:30pm – Free Live Music in Plaza
12:00pm – Musical History Tour with Brian Wright in Stemwinder
12:00pm – Ski Ballet Demo and Workshop
1:00pm – Free Beer Tasting 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 – Free Live Music by Mile High Club in Plaza
Kimberley, B.C – Win a trip of a lifetime to Boulder Hut Adventures! All you have to do register and complete the North Star Ski-Mo race in under 2 hours! The race will start at 11:00am in the Kimberley Alpine Resort Plaza. Participants will follow the skin track up Boundary to Kootenay Haus then transition and ski the gates back down to the plaza.
All AT -Gear, splitboards, tele-mark are welcome. Atmosphere will be extremely friendly and a great way to be introduced to the sport! Dress up attire encouraged – bonus prize for best costume (wear green)!
Once again, we are happy to announce the generous donation of a half week trip to Boulder Hut Adventures in 2020. This will be a draw prize worth $1760.
$20 early entry fee ($25 day of) Includes: Burger & beverage and a draw ticket for prizes
Categories: Youth (17 and under), Male and Female Open (18-49), Masters Male and Female (50+)
Registration: Register NOW in Guest Services, online or on the day from 9:00am – 10:30am in Slopeside
Mandatory Safety Meeting: 10:45am at start line-be ready to race.
Race starts: 11:00am
Awards & prizes at the Ski – Mo Social in Stemwinder Bar and Grill
**Helmets Required** No x-country skis allowed
Register Early & Save.
Registration is open online.
We would like to thank our sponsors so far – Boulder Hut Adventures, Kimberley Orienteering Club, Spirit Rock Climbing, Bohemian Spirits, Purcell Outdoors, Buckhorn and Main Mountain Eatery, Trickle Creek Golf Course, Kimberley Golf Club, NorthStar Roasting Company, Smith, Heli Hansen, Rossignol.
For more information, please contact:
Senior VP Marketing & Resort Experience, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
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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.