It’s not just about skiing, it’s about the experience.
Morning was a bad time to write this….
As I’m reliving my trip to Kimberley and reviewing pictures, I’m realizing morning was a bad time to write this. Recently, I spent time in Kimberley in what we refer to as ‘the off season’, meaning we’re a hot minute away from winter and being a popular ski base for skiers and snowboarders travelling here from all around the county and the world. As my last visit was in the off season, a lot of time was spent eating out since many of the towns attractions are in between their summer and winter seasons, which made me realize, a ski vacation isn’t just about skiing, food (just like skiing the exhilarating slopes) is good for the soul and a ski vacation is about the whole soul soothing experience.
While visiting Kimberley on your vacation, staying on the mountain to eat is easy to do with so many options, however if you do decide to venture into town, it might not look like it as first, but it’s home to lots of delicious food. And, no we don’t mean schnitzel (although that’s good here too).
The heart of Kimberley is the Platzl. A pedestrian street – park your car in the nearby free lot and enter in the centre to find a variety of places to eat day or night.
Sullivan Pub (and drive thru liquor store!!)
One of my personal favourites (seriously, I can’t visit Kimberley and not eat here, sometimes it’s even more than once in one trip). The Sullivan Pub looks unassuming from the outside, you may be tempted to think its menu follows the generic pub menu format, well, it doesn’t. It’s actually a hidden gem of delicious dishes. This menu presents not only indulgent options like Lobster Tacos, Wild Boar Bolognese and Roast Prime Rib – it also has a whole Poutine section. For a fun meal, try going full on Canadian trying a few poutines – none of which will disappoint in the least.
Did I mention the drive thru liquor store? Even if you’re just stocking up to hole up at the resort and not come back to town, the drive thru liquor store is the novel place to stock up.
In the Platzl, 136 Deer Park Ave.
Stonefire is the perfect place to eat with a family or a group of friends. The large restaurant is comprised mostly of large tables, while there is also a bar to sit at. The bar is situated right in front of Stonefire’s wood fired pizza oven which was hand built in Naples, at the bar you can watch as the busy (pizza master chefs) assemble and toss the pizzas in the oven and then out to the tables at lightning speed. http://stonefirepizzeria.ca/
Pedal & Tap
In the Platzl
The name is meant to encourage people to bike to the restaurant and offers free locks as an added incentive, the inside of the restaurant offers a vintage feel with interesting decorations and awesome bartenders who base your drink off your personality and mood. My first visit to Pedal and Tap was later at night after already eating dinner earlier. This was definitely a mistake. The ‘Alba (hard)core Tuna we had was so delicious it made it difficult to watch other extremely appetizing looking meals come out of the kitchen while being too stuffed to try any of them. The Carbonara looked particularly popular and delicious, with at least half the restaurant seeming to have ordered it. Pedal and Tap is arguably one of the most famous restaurants in Kimberley, it was featured on The Food Networks You Gotta Eat here in 2013 showcasing its care and attention to the food it produces using locally sources ingredients (you can still watch the episode featuring Pedal and Tap on the Food Network’s website). On the wall are Pedal & Tap tshirts, which are in high demand, if your size isn’t available it gives you another incentive to return (if the food wasn’t enough). http://pedalandtap.com/
Eating On Mountain
***Update – Montana’s Grill is now Buckhorn & Main – get more information on Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery here.***
Montana’s Grill & Cookhouse
Located in Trickle Creek Lodge
Montana’s offers some of the best comfort food you’ll find at a ski resort, just look at the mac and cheese! Plus new this season, they’re open for breakfast. Visit the family friendly restaurant portion of Montana’s, where the extensive menu will please the pickiest of little (and big) eaters or après in the lounge and enjoy the comfortable seating (don’t miss trying the bacon caesar for a truly Canadian experience).
Located in the plaza
The Stemwinder is the most popular Apres spot in Kimberley! With live bands every weekend and theme nights like local jam nights and college nights, the Stemwinder is definitely the place to be. Stemwinder also offers a full menu with daily specials, stop in to see what they are and for a great time.
Meanwhile, please excuse me, I’m off to eat lunch…
Looking for more to do in Kimberley? Check out “The Top 6 Things to do in Kimberley this winter (aside from skiing)”.
Calling all College Students! $ 10 Friday Nights (dates below) at KAR. Lifts $10, burger & beer $10, ski and board rentals $10
Board / Eat / Drink / Dance / Enjoy!
With an APRES SKI & BOARD PARTY with LIVE MUSIC at the Stemwinder Bar & Grill
-Friday January 29th will feature Mr. Roper from 9pm – 11pm.
-Friday February 12, 2016 (Band is “Mile High Club” 8 pm to 11 pm)
– Friday February 26, 2016 (Band playing is “Oak Republic” 9pm to 11pm)
– Friday March 4, 2016 (Band playing is “Crooked Line” 9 pm to 11 pm)
– Friday March 11, 2016 (Band Playing is “Lucas Hanny & The Fable Hoppers” 9 pm to 11 pm)
Friday night lift hours – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
$10.00 Lift Ticket
$10.00 Burger & Beer / Beverage
Call Guest Service for more information or to purchase your package at 250-427-4881
– Offer open to all college students – Must show your current & valid college ID.
– Schedule subject to change.
– Stemwinder Bar & Grill – Minors must always be accompanied by an adult, only 19 yrs & older after 8 pm.
KIMBERLEY ALPINE RESORT CELEBRATES OUR COMMUNITY WITH FREE SKIING/RIDING
COMMUNITY DAY IS Sunday, January 10th
Kimberley, BC – Continuing with the tradition of thanking our community, the resort will offer a FREE day of skiing/riding to locals on Sunday, January, 10, 2016.
Burgers will be available for $2.00 supporting the East Kootenay Adaptive Snow Sports (EKAS) – residents can go to Guest Services and receive a voucher that will entitle them to a hamburger for only $2.00!
TELUS Winter Sports School invites beginner skiers or snowboarders to a complimentary lesson. There will be a total of 10 ski and 10 snowboard spots available, with a 1 hour lessons starting at 10:30am. Space is limited and guests must pre-register at the Winter Sports School Cabin by calling 250.427.0315. Lessons will include a voucher for FREE equipment rentals at the Rental Shop! Please note that these lessons are for NEW skiers and snowboarders only.
Please note that Photo ID and proof of local residency (driver’s license, pay stub etc.) are required to receive the lift ticket. Complimentary tickets are available to residents of Canal Flats, Skookumchuck, Meadowbrook, TaTa Creek, Kimberley, Marysville, Wasa, Wycliffe, Moyie, and Cranbrook.
A huge thanks goes out to our BBQ sponsors including Sysco, Kimberley Alpine Resort and other food sponsors.
Kokanee presents Thursday Night “Rec Rut Runners” – Race Series
What is Rec Rut Runners: A challenging, yet entertaining, fun and social introduction to running gates. Whether you have race experience or not, “Rec Rut Runners” is all about friends, fun and ski improvement in the gates.
When: Starts January 7th for 6 weeks. Add – on available for 2 more weeks March 3rd and 10th.
Where: On the MAIN run under the lights
Time: 6pm – 8pm each week.
***Awards, video analysis and après after 8 pm @ Stemwinder
Please note: HELMETS are MANDATORY
Who can participate: Skier/boarders/
Price – $75 for 6 nights. $15 drop-in per night
*Price does not include lift ticket. $99 Night-Ski Passes available at guest services or call (250) 427-4881 for more information*
Opening Night – Thursday, January 7- Brushes, Mixed Gates, Timing and Coaching
January 14- Dual Slalom Race and Coaching
January 22- Dual Glalom Race and Coaching
January 28- Dual Giant Slalom Retro Dress Race
February 11- Thigh Burning ____ Super Long GS Race. Kootenay Haus to Pump House
February 25- Dual Pro Slalom Race and Coaching
March 3rd – Race TBD
March 10 – Race TBD
Sign up and Info: KAR Winter Sports School – (250)-432-0315 or drop in registration the night of 5-6pm at the Rental Shop.
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/
Are you visiting Kimberley Alpine Resort over the holidays? We have a jam packaged schedule for you and your family to enjoy magic of the holidays in the mountains and to get the very best out of your winter vacation this December!
Some of the highlights include;
– December 22 & 24: Skiing with Santa!
– Kids Korner activity nights at Trickle Creek Lodge – movie night, craft nights and more – various nights throughout December
– Family activities at the resort treasure hunts, family slalom races, scavenger hunts and more – various days throughout December
– Family New Year’s Eve party in the plaza – Don’t miss the Fireworks!
– Night skiing – various nights throughout December
Get more information on our online events calendar.
Kimberley is a lovely town with some of the friendliest locals you’ll meet, most with a passion for the city that shows whenever you have the opportunity to meet any, whether that’s in town or at the resort.
Looking for some advice on what there is to do while on a ski getaway? Here are some of our top recommendations for you and your family to explore while visiting our community;
Already a great activity for all ability levels, snowshoeing at Kimberley Alpine Resort takes the experience even higher for both beginners and seasoned snowshoe-ers. Two tour types – both take you for a ride to the top of the Northstar Chair for an intermediate or beginner level snowshoe tour back down to the base.
Family Tip: The top tour choice among families is the twilight tour (which includes a delicious chocolate fondue at the mountain top Kootenay Haus)!
2) Hockey Game
Just like the rest of Canada – Kimberley loves their hockey! The local team, The Dynamiters, host some of the most fun nights out you’ll have in Kimberley. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during a game again their rivals (Fernie Ghostriders), you’re in for even more of a treat!
Check out The Dynamiters schedule on their website.
3) Dine (& Climb) at the Platzl
The city of Kimberley has a distinct European atmosphere to it – especially felt in the Platzl, located in between Ross & Howard street (where the Heritage Museum is). No visit to Kimberley is complete without a stop in the Platzl, whether it’s for a bite at the restaurants or cafes to see the cuckoo clock or to get more advice from the visitors centre.
Looking for a bite? Try one of these Platzl places;
Pedal & Tap
Once featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”, Pedal and Tap specializes in organic and a variety of seasonally focused menu items as well as a fun and relaxed biking themed atmosphere (they even off to lend you a lock if you ride your bike down, not that you’ll really need it here).
One of the newer additions to the Platzl is Stonefire Pizzeria, with delectable traditional wood fired oven Neapolitan pizzas made with regional ingredients from the Kootenays. Visit the pizzeria on Facebook.
Kimberley City Bakery
Using traditional methods to make delightful baked goods, pizzas, sweets and more the Kimberley Bakery is locally as well as family owned and operated (meaning you know there is tender love and care going into make your snack). Visit their Facebook page to see daily specials.
Spirit Rock Climbing Centre
One of the newer activities to pop up in Kimberley recently – the spirit rock climbing centre is located in the Platzl and is open to all ages and skill levels! For more information visit their website.
4) Ice Skating
Located just behind the plaza at Kimberley Alpine Resort and just out front of Trickle Creek Lodge is the FREE Kimberley skating rink. Open to the public daily during the winter, it has a fire pit/warm up area and hosts many fun, family friendly events (including the Dynamiters Ski Day game).
5) Go for a Winter Bike
New this season, dedicated trails for Winter Fat Biking! Monster tires and low gearing means biking in the snow is easy and fun for both first timers and seasoned cyclists. Take a tour – the resort will offer rental buys and tours/lessons with guides this winter. More info.
6) The Stemwinder – Epic Après
Literally just a few steps from where you come off your last run of the day is the Stemwinder. Fully licensed and with a heated outdoor seating area, other highlights of the Stemwinder include weekly live music and jam nights, daily specials and a whole lot of après fun.
See you this winter!
Have you ever wanted to work at a ski resort? Or maybe you have before and want to again! We work and live in an amazing environment and invite you to be part of the team. Our annual job fair is on November 7th from 10am – 4pm, we’re hiring for a variety of jobs including Lift Operators, Daycare, Food & Beverage, Guest Services & more.
Visit our Employment page for more information.
We like white on green here at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies; lots and lots of snow on our mountains and all over the trees on those mountains too. Because if you’ve never come rocketing through the glades, ripping up and down the natural moguls with powder hitting you in your grinning face until you blast back onto the trail, you really haven’t lived. And we kind of want to keep that around for a while, for future skiers and riders, for our kids, and for our kids’ kids too.
That’s why we decided to take a stand and be the first ski resort company to refuse printing a brochure this year, to do what we can to lessen our environmental footprint. On top of that, we’ll plant a whole tree for every email sign-up to our online newsletter. We hope this helps reiterate to consumers everywhere, that taking paper maybe isn’t the answer any more, especially if you can find that information online anyways.
So, help do your part and keep the Trees for Glades! Sign your email up on our Trees for Glades website and read our full story (plus enter our contest for the chance to win a spring event ski trip for you and 3 friends)!
Success So Far:
- 75,000 pieces of paper saved by this initiative alone
- So far: 3000+ trees planted – thanks to you!
Photo courtesy of Trees for the Future Facebook.