Set between the Selkirk and Rocky mountains in southeastern BC, Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for its sunny disposition. And why not — when you receive more bluebird days than any other resort in the province, you can’t help but spread the warmth, and the wealth. Here, all ages and abilities flock to runs that shoot through open glades, while the Easter Bowl, on the mountain’s backside, promises seemingly non-stop fall lines and heart-thrumming steeps. For smoother cruising, stick to the front face of the mountain where powder-packed runs, including a brand new green run dubbed Alpine Slide, will deliver less torque and more opportunity to take in the terrain. Bonus: making tracks on this side will deliver you to the front steps of Kimberley’s bustling après-ski action. Come day’s end, you’ll dig into locally inspired dishes — just don’t forget to raise a glass. After all, Kimberley’s forecast promises nothing but sunny skies!
When it comes to family fun in BC, Kimberley Alpine Resort, near Cranbrook, sets a beguiling scene — both on and off the slopes. To start, little ones can point their tips along Kimberley’s Kids Trail, a cool way for pint-sized powderhounds to make their own tracks through the woods. Be advised: adults encouraged to follow along would do well to maintain a tuck position or risk knocking their helmets on overhanging branches. (No parent wants to join the ranks of the “Dummies in the Trees,” a.k.a. festive “characters” hidden throughout the resort that, when discovered, elicit a gleeful shriek from Kimberley’s smallest skiers and boarders.) Off slope offers no less with Kimberley’s Kids Learning Area adjacent ski-in/ski-out accommodations and slopeside hot tubs, ensuring that parents can watch their kids ski while soaking up the mountain ambiance. And come nightfall, the resort’s village skating pond will illuminate an evening of spins and jumps, topped off with a crackling bonfire perfect for marshmallow roasts.
Now for the real Glade story, the local’s tip;
Our favourite run is called Geneva in the black forest, a long “black” leg burner with very interesting and variable terrain. It’s the first stop after a large overnight powder dump.
We’re glade you came, and we’re sure you’ll be glade you came as well!
Kimberley is cute. There is no other way to put it. Actually, there is – Kimberley is quaint, adorable, homey, comfortable, charming, pleasant and just plain delightful. Its atmosphere gives you those warm and fuzzy feelings you only get from places you truly love.
If you’re looking for a resort village and nearby town to get away from regular city life – all the traffic, the full calendars and all things marked ‘urgent’, Kimberley is the place for you, it’s a genuine Canadian ski town with a laid back atmosphere offering a large variety of places (indoor and outdoor) to explore. Stay on mountain for a ski getaway everyone dreams of – wake up on the mountain, enjoy the slopes right outside your door during the day and dine and/or dance your night away at one of the many on mountain bars or restaurants.
Did you know? Kimberley is known as the sunniest ski resort in B.C? It’s true, at Kimberley we get most sunny days than anyone else in the region! Along with that sunshine also comes some amazing views and vistas like this sundog spotted last year (not the first and we expect not that last we’ll have here)!
Another plus to Kimberley – it’s off the beaten path while not being off the beaten path at the same time! It’s super easy to get to with the new Integra Air flight called “Spirit of the Kootenays” flying multiple times weekly during the ski season from YYC to YXC. YXC (Cranbrook international airport) is just half an hour away from the resort. Have you ever wanted to fly & ski in the same day? At Kimberley you can!
Have you been convinced to visit yet? If not, this will do it – how about 80 roomy, uncrowded runs and over 1800 acres of skiable terrain to tour, family events all season contributing to Kimberley being voted A family favourite ski resort, on mountain skating rink and live après concerts every weekend! Ya, that should do it!
Now that you’re going to visit Kimberley here is an exclusive tip from a local, just for you “our favourite run is called Geneva in the black forest, a long “black” leg burner with very interesting and variable terrain. It’s the first stop after a large overnight powder dump. Also hit up the Tamarack chair for a bunch of terrain which few people ski on!
See you soon!
Words by Cali Sammel
Photos by Roland Gaschen & The Real Mckenzie Photography
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The best deals of the winter season have just been released! Book now for winter and save up to 35% on your getaway. Packages available include The Weekender for shorter stays, The Midweek pack for the best deals, the new Ski Weeks packages (booking everything for you from air/car to lodging/lifts) and The Holiday Pack – already taking bookings for Christmas & New Years.
Freebies are included in some packages – view our Early Booking offers, all are available to be booked online. Give us a call at 1-800-258-7669 to book with a friendly vacation specialist over the phone or visit www.skircr.com/vacations to chat live with a specialist (during business hours).
While some people might not be very excited by the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of having a ‘harsh and cold’ winter, we’re looking forward to it! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been published since 1792 and using over 200 years of weather data, makes predictions for the upcoming seasons each year when it’s released on the second Tuesday in September, with this winter being forecasted as colder & snowier. Cheers to that!
Jack Burnett, editor of the Farmer’s Almanac appeared on CTV’s Canada AM recently and said we are in for “the T-Rex of winters”. To check out the full predictions visit this CTV article.
Here’s to hoping that prediction holds true, help motivate Mother Nature and start doing your snowdance. Kimberley Alpine Resort’s tentative opening date is December 12th, post your snowdance pics & videos using #mykimberley and start the anticipation of winter now!
A lot of building investments, a slew of new businesses, a plethora of festivals and activities, mixed with an enthusiastic local spirit has helped Kimberley’s tourism industry stay strong in a time when many have seen a decline. According to Kevin Wilson, the City of Kimberley’s Economic Development Officer, “With the exchange rate at its lowest levels in 13 years, our region is enjoying the duel benefit of more visits from Americans as well as increased visitation from neighbours in Alberta who are staying closer to home.”
Read more about the “Positive Trends in Kimberley” on the e-know website.
From 10am – 3pm on August 23rd, we’ll have a variety of activities at the base area of Kimberley Alpine Resort as well as at the Top of the North Star chairlift! Ride the chairlift and find a kids playland with TWO big bouncy castles, an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, arts & crafts, face painting and the canteen! The fun isn’t just at the top, we’ll also have plenty of activities at the base area including live kids music, another bouncy castle, climbing wall, petting zoo and a BBQ! Prices: $15/adult, $10/youth & $10/child.
Tickets are available now! Call Trickle Creek Lodge – call 250-427-5175 to purchase or for more information.
Our team has been working hard on summer grooming to ensure our trails are top notch for skiing and riding! Check out some of our teams progress below (click on the image to find out where it is). Photos by Brian Copping.[images picture_size=”fixed” autoplay=”no” columns=”1″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”yes” class=”” id=””] [image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://skikimberley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Stemwinder-009-300×225.jpg” alt=”Stemwinder Run”] [image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://skikimberley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Boundary-run-mowed-300×225.jpg” alt=”Mowing on Boundary Run”] [image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://skikimberley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Dean-right-fork-300×225.jpg” alt=”Dean Right, fork”] [image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://skikimberley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Moes-011-300×225.jpg” alt=”Moe’s Run”] [image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://skikimberley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Rail-park-012-300×225.jpg” alt=”Rail Park”] [/images]
Can’t wait for winter!!
One of the largest Bike Parks in the region with a recent focus on progression makes Fernie Alpine Resort’s bike park a favourite among the biking community, being voted in the Top 5 Bike Parks in Canada for the last 2 years. Offering cross country, downhill, single track and dual slalom trails accessible from the base area or chair lift as well as a number of green trails and lessons for any ability level to learn the sport or brush up on skills.
Fernie Alpine Resort isn’t the only place to ride in Fernie, along with a number of trails accessed from town, maintained by the Fernie Mountain Bike Club and the Fernie Trails Alliance there have been significant improvements made to a number of trails over the last few summer’s allowing even more people to enjoy scenery around this gorgeous mountain town! A favourite among the youngest generation of riders, Fernie also has a FREE dirt jump park with large & small jumps, bridges and obstacles to check out, located in town near the aquatic centre.
For more information on Mountain Biking in Fernie, B.C visit the Fernie Tourism website.
There are ‘trails for everyone’ in Kimberley, 3 different trail networks offer everything from beginner riding with gentle, scenic cruises to some adrenaline pumped more difficult trails. With the newest improvements of the trails, the North Star Rails to Trails network is a 25 km long multi use track perfect connecting Kimberley & Cranbrook, perfect for families looking for an afternoon spent exercising outdoors in one of the sunniest places in B.C! Other trails to try are the Lois Creek Trails, geared towards beginner to intermediate riders, and the Kimberley Nature Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Canada for great for riders of all levels.
Get more information on the Tourism Kimberley website.
Try out the only gondola accessed mountain biking in the region at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, with over 3,700 feet of variety, there’s downhill hardcore single tracks with multiple berms, jumps and wooden features as well as lessons and green trails offered for beginners! Golden, B.C has more amazing mountain biking options to offer, being located near Mount 7, one of the most challenging downhills in Canada! Not to worry if you aren’t into the challenge, there are over 100 kms of cross country trails on Mountain Shadows and Moonraker trail systems as well as easier road and mountain cycling. Don’t miss the annual Totally Spoked Bike Fest, this year on May 30th, and participate or observe great mountain biking events at the resort and all around the town!
Get more information on the Tourism Golden website.
See info about 2016’s Pars & Guitars.
Enjoy a buffet dinner and an intimate live acoustic performance at the NEW “Pars & Guitars” on the patio at the Trickle Creek Golf Resort Clubhouse.
Only $49/ pp. (Dinner at 6 pm Show at 7:30 pm). ADD ON golf before the show with our Unlimited Early Bird Golf Special, tee off anytime after 1 pm and play as many holes as you can before the show for ONLY $49 pp (incl. golf, cart & range).
Tickets are on Sale! Call to Reserve 250-427-3389 Ext 2 for Dinner & Performance or Ext 1 to book golf
LIMITED TO 90 tickets only, avoid being disappointed and buy now!