Not all of the winter fun is found on the slopes of British Columbia’s ski resorts. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy.
Not all of the winter fun is found on the slopes of British Columbia’s ski resorts. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy on your visit – whether it’s indulging in a delicious meal framed by a spectacular view or taking to the skies on a paraglider. And best of all the attractive U.S./Canadian exchange rate makes all of these activities even more of a treat.
Big White Ski Resort’s Gun Barrel Grill is the perfect après-ski gathering spot. Featuring a rustic décor, the restaurant serves a menu made from locally sourced ingredients. But what the restaurant it really known for is its Gun Barrel Coffee. A staple at the Grill for 30 years, the drink is so-named because it includes a flaming shot of brandy, extinguished by a shot of chocolate liqueur and added to a glass of coffee (or hot chocolate) and topped with whipped cream. Then a flaming ladle of Grand Marnier is poured down the double barrel of an unloaded shotgun into the waiting glass and your welcoming hands.
Jan. 14-24, 2016, Sun Peaks Resort will welcome the 18th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. Called one of the best winter parties in Canada, the festival includes 22 different events, including the Sun Peaks Wine and Dine, Sun Peaks Wine Crawl, Starbucks Sparkling Brunch, Taste of Sun Peaks and the Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting Presented by WestJet.
Sun Peaks Resort is also the host of the popular Fondue Dinner & Evening Descent. The resort’s Sunburst Express Chairlift transports guests on a twilight ride up to the Sunburst Mid Mountain Restaurant for an evening of fondue and live music. Afterward, guests ski down the lantern-lit slope of the 5-mile ski run to the mountain’s base.
Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro has one of the coldest vodka-tasting rooms in the world. Temperatures dip to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. It’s the perfect environment in which to chill with a selection of premium vodkas from around the world.
Kicking Horse Resort is home to Canada’s most elevated restaurant: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, nestled at 7,700 feet. Guests take the gondola up, up and up 4,000 feet, where they can enjoy a meal and look out over five national parks. The restaurant is open for lunch seven days a week and for dinner on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays . Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Located at the base of the Glory Ridge chair, Whitewater’s Fresh Tracks Café Express is the first ski resort food truck. It serves up fresh, wholesome “pow chow,” whether you want a hot sit-down meal for lunch or an on-the-go and on-the-chair breakfast treat.
Guests can catch the last lift to the summit and enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and chocolate fondue for Panorama Mountain Resort’s Après Ski at the Summit Hut. Afterward, there’s a guided run back to the village below. Reservations are required and guests must be very experienced skiers or snowboarders.
B.C.’s resorts also offer plenty of recreational opportunities that don’t require a chairlift.
When the forecast calls for snow, there’s no reason to put away your bike. Fat biking is cycling on the hillside through the snow on a bike with oversized, wide tires.
SilverStar has more than 9 miles of trails for fat biking. Rentals are available, as are introductory lessons. The resort hosts Thursday Night Women’s Rides, Tuesday Night Pedal and Pints social rides and the one-day Frosty Fox Fat Bike Festival, to be held Feb. 27.
If you’re a rock climber, you can keep climbing after the snow falls. Big White Ski Resort’s Happy Valley Adventure Park features a 60-foot ice tower made of four telephone poles and three feet of ice. Beginners to advanced climbers are welcome, and the resort provides the climbing gear and expert staff.
Strap on your skies and take flight with the paragliding program at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. You’ll take the passenger seat of a tandem paraglider piloted by an experienced paraglider pilot. For gorgeous views, there’s no better seat at the resort.
Find out why British Columbia is a paradise for skiers. Plan your trip at winterwithin.ca