Experience Helicopter Assisted Ski Touring from Kimberley Alpine Resort with Boulder Hut Adventures. Come ski the best of the Purcell backcountry as part of a professionally guided, one-day helicopter-assisted backcountry touring adventure!
Start your day with a helicopter pick-up at Kimberley Alpine Resort. You and your guided group will be dropped off at a ridge top for an epic first run. From there, professionally guided ski touring enables you to explore the amazing Purcell Mountains under your own power. The day includes a safety briefing, helicopter transport, lunch and professional guiding service. An additional heli-drop run is an option at the end of the day with a return to all the comfort and amenities that Kimberley has to offer.
Get more information or book your tour from the Boulder Hut Adventures website.
Canadian Rockies International Airport – The mountain airport that puts you in the heart of adventure
Carrying my skis over my shoulder after the last run of the day, the alpenglow stopped me in my tracks. Gazing up, the late afternoon sunlight was fading, casting a gorgeous peach and orange glow on the rocky summits across the valley. Although I had only arrived earlier that day, just like me, they looked rosy, rested and content.
For most mountain adventure seekers, finding an airport within a three or four hour drive of their destination is considered a win. Kimberley BC is nestled in the heart of the Kootenays’ famed “Powder Highway”, and has the Canadian Rockies International Airport a mere 20 minutes away, offering multiple flights daily from Vancouver and Calgary.
Surrounded by the jagged, picturesque peaks of the Rocky Mountain range, adventure comes as a 360 degree view of summits, slopes, forest, wilderness, lakes and more.
Located at an elevation of 3,084 feet and featuring an 8,000 foot long runway, the Canadian Rockies International Airport is small but welcoming, which means less fuss when you land or leave.
When you first arrive, you can’t help but feel the relaxed pace of the area, but only some things move a little slower here. Beyond the small town pace and “slow food” passions of many restaurateurs, the adrenaline that accompanies adventure thrives on the mountains and in the nearby wilderness areas.
Your journey can read like a choose your own adventure novel. Accommodation? The choice is yours: there’s slopeside hotels, condos, townhouses and mountain houses. Ready for an outdoor adventure? There’s four seasons of excitement. When the snow flies, the area is transformed into a winter wonderland. Kimberley Alpine Resort is one of the only mountain ski areas in Canada where you can be on the chairlift within an hour of landing at the airport. From there, choose your passion: Kimberley features 1,800 acres of alpine skiing, with night skiing available and access to a world-class Nordic skiing facility.
While often dubbed as “family-friendly”, the backside of Kimberley Alpine Resort offers powder stashes, steeper fall lines and graded terrain. With fewer crowds and plenty of storms, Kimberley is a secret hideaway for adventurers in the know.
Speaking of secret, ask a local to tell you the best place for a tranquil moonlight snowshoe, where to soak in natural hot springs, sip the best craft brew in the land, eat in a centuries-old barn, glide under the stars on perfectly-set tracks. The only thing you’ll be left wishing for is more hours in the day.
Photos: Mike Byrnes, YXC & The Real McKenzie Photography.
March 12, 2016
Click here to view Ski Mo results 2016
Thank you to all the participants, sponsors, organizers and volunteers for all their help to make this event a success.
**Ski Mo Update**
1. Competitors must descend on skis or board through the gated course to the finish at base.
2. If using snowshoes, competitors must carry their own equipment and ski or board to finish.
3. Since the awards ceremonies will be held at 3 pm in the plaza, competitors must be able to reach the first control station at the top of Boundary within 2 hours or will be disqualified. Competitors must complete the competition to qualify for prizes and draw prizes.
5. If you miss a control station on the descent you will assess a 10 second penalty.
**You can now Register and Pay at Guest Services or call 250.427.4881**
All AT -Gear, splitboards, tele-mark and snowshoes welcome. (Snowshoes available for $11 at the KAR rental Shop-this is a special deal only for participants)
Participants will start in Plaza, skin up Boundary (2) to Kootenay Haus. Participants will then take their skins off and descend through the gates to the plaza.
$20 entry fee includes: burger, beer and a raffle ticket for prizes
- Race Start: 12:00pm in Plaza
- Registration: 9-11am in Slopeside
- Mandatory Safety Meeting: 11:30 in Plaza
Atmosphere will be extremely friendly ( a good way to get introduced to the sport)
Awards/prizes at the Ski-Mo Social in Stemwinder Bar and Grill
**Helmets required** No x-country skis allowed
We would like to thank our sponsors so far – Boulder Hut Adventures, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Kootenay Mountain Works, Kimberley Orienteering Club, Spirit Rock Climbing Gym, Kimberley Vacations, Purcell Ourdoors, Big Magic Designs, Montana’s BBQ and Bar, Trickle Creek Golf Course, Kimberley Golf Club
For more info call 250.427.4881 and email@example.com
Boulder Hut Adventures has teamed up with Kimberley Alpine Resort to offer a unique
resort/backcountry package for their mutual guests! Boulder Hut Adventures operates one of BC’s
first privately held backcountry ski lodges and was named by Unofficial Networks as one of the top ten
backcountry ski destinations in North America.
Boulder Hut Guests will now enjoy resort service and amenities surrounding their unforgettable trip
into the Purcell Wilderness. In addition to convenient resort helicopter arrivals and departures, Trickle
Creek Lodge and Kimberley Alpine Resort together offer incredible accommodation and service,
optional resort skiing and training all at special prices.
Mark Yancey, owner and operator of Boulder Hut Adventures remarked, “We are very excited about
the synergy of this new partnership. The relationship offers opportunities to expand operations, grow
our joint business and to provide incredible experiences for both Kimberley Alpine Resort and Boulder
Ted Funston, Area Manager at Kimberley Alpine Resort also expressed his enthusiasm for the new
partnership, “We are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience at Kimberley Alpine
Resort and our Boulder Hut partnership is a big step in that direction. I look forward to growing and
enhancing our relationship with Boulder for the benefit of our mutual guests.”
The inaugural flight and ribbon cutting ceremony from Kimberley Alpine Resort is scheduled for Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:00am.
For more information go to http://www.boulderhutadventures.com/
Kimberley, B.C continues to make a name for itself as being one of the greatest places to ski alpine, cross country as well as back country in Western Canada. Already well known for Kimberley Alpine Resort’s downhill skiing, it’s also home to one of the best Nordic Centre’s, the Kimberley Nordic Club, maintaining a network of 30 plus kms of trails. Additionally this year the resort is also now home to being one of the best places to stage from for a backcountry ski tourism experience with Boulder Hut Adventures.
Boulder Hut Adventures are a backcountry guide company offering up the opportunity to gain access to some of the best backcountry terrain in the Purcell mountain ranges. They’re one of the original post war privately held ski lodges in the province and now guests will be able to begin and end their ski touring lodge experience from the base of Kimberley Alpine Resort, giving them a chance to also enjoy the resort’s 1800 acres of downhill terrain during their stay.
So what is ski touring?
Ski Touring is a form of skiing in which both uphill and downhill travel are possible without needing to remove skis. Skis, bindings, boots and climbing skins allow for the free movement of the heel to enable a walking pace, as in Nordic and unlike alpine skiing. The terms “backcountry” and “off-piste” refer to where the skiing is being done, while terms like ski touring, ski mountaineering, telemark, and extreme skiing describe what type of skiing is being done. Terms for backcountry skiing exist according to how the terrain is accessed, and how close it is to services. Frontcountry, slackcountry and sidecountry are similar but skiing in remote areas not within ski area boundaries is the essence of backcountry ski touring.
Boulder Hut Adventures offers a full week or a new half week backcountry package, where you, along with your friends or family (Boulder Hut makes it safe for nearly all ages) enjoy accommodation, meals, ski touring and one of the best ski vacations you can imagine. Ski trips like these connect people in a way that isn’t possible on a lot of other vacations. After a week of daily touring as well as eating and sleeping under the same roof as 10 other souls without modern day distractions, people tune in to each other, to themselves, to the land, to something that sheds a great light on life.
For more information or to purchase a Boulder Hut Adventure visit BoulderHutAdventures.com.