Words by Cali Sammel
Photos by Tourism Kimberley, The Real Mckenzie Photography and Mike Reece.
The ski (and tourism) industry are run by numbers and stats – i.e how many runs the mountain offers, how many centimeters or feet of snowfall received, how many other things can I do while visiting? Well, here are some interesting Kimberley numbers you might be less familiar with!
historic points of interest. Kimberley Alpine Resort and the city of Kimberley, B.C have a strong history in mining, leading the town and resort to have many names and areas that pay homage to the industry. Find out more about the points of interest on our website – https://skikimberley.com/things-to-do/points-of-interest/.
feet of fire! A favourite tradition of the locals and staff in Kimberley is the annual Ullr Dag ski burning ceremony. Near the beginning of each year, there is a gathering and offering to the Norse god of snow by burning old skis and hoping to appease the god to bring the perfect purcell powder falling all season long.
in the morning – NEW this season, Montana’s opens for breakfast at 8:00am on Friday, Saturday & Sundays (8:30 am Monday through Thursday). Montana’s is located in Trickle Creek Lodge in the base area at Kimberley Alpine Resort.
hundred! Hectares of skiable terrain, now that should keep you occupied for a wee bit of time!
thousand! Our lift capacity per hour, it’s easy to keep those slopes uncrowded with that kind of movement.
months to night ski! From mid December to mid March, enjoy Night Skiing on our main run (and the longest lit run in North America) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Rec Rut Runners’ our Thursday night race series or our Friday College Nights! Visit the Online Events Calendar for more information.
hours of Fat Biking! Try the newest and hottest winter outdoor activity craze and take a Fat Biking tour around Trickle Creek Golf Resort. Rent it for just $45 – email the Winter Sports School (email@example.com) for more information or see the Fat Bike section on our website.
awesome après spots on mountain. Head up the stairs and check out The Stemwinder – featuring a variety of daily food and drink specials as well as local jam nights and live après music every single weekend throughout the season! Got kids? Montana’s is the place to be, with views of the ski resort and a restaurant for the whole family to enjoy a beverage or after ski snack together. (Note – Stemwinder is kid friendly as well – ask our staff for ‘kid friendly’ hours).
Good Place to Be. Kimberley is: A Good Place to Be… “all together now, finding adventure, closer together, pinnin’ it, roughing it with friends” or whatever else you choose to do here!
Slopes For Hope Kimberley
March 5, 2016
To register for this event please visit the Slopes for Hope Website
2 Everest Challenges
What Will You Conquer?
Slopes for Hope is a family-friendly winter enthusiast event designed by local residents in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
We are inviting snowboarders, Alpine & Nordic skiers and all people who love to play in the snow to join the fight against cancer as we take it to the slopes! Participate individually or in teams of up to 4 people with your family, friends and co-workers.
You can participate in one of 2 challenges:
- Descending Everest – downhill ski or snowboard 16 passes of the main run at the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
2. The Everest Trek – ski 24 kms at the Kimberley Nordic Club (4 loops of the 6 km trail).
There will be an apres-event with entertainment and prizes awarded at the end of the day for both challenges.For more details on the event and each of the challenges, click here.
In addition to the $20 per person registration fee, we ask that all participants fundraise to support the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised through the event will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund cancer prevention initiatives, support programs, research and more. To learn more about what the Canadian Cancer Society does in your community and the services they provide, go to www.cancer.ca
If you want to fundraise offline, click here to print a donation form. Please bring collected donations and filled out forms to the registration table with you the morning of the event.
Please note: Due to last years cancellation, we have rolled over 2015 registered participant’s registration fees into the 2016 Slopes event and any donations collected in 2015 will count towards your 2016 totals.
2015 registrants should login with your 2015 username/password – please do not re-register.
Fly & ski in one day! With the new Integra Air service from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) 6 times each week starting this month! Get more information, the schedule or book your flight from the Integra Air website.
Want us to do all the work for you? Give one of our reservation agents a call at 1-800-258-7669 to book your flight, hotel and tickets all at once!
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!