British Columbia’s Powder Highway connects skiers and snowboarders to eight resorts in the Kootenay Rockies.
British Columbia’s famed Powder Highway connects skiers and snowboarders to eight resorts in the Kootenay Rockies. Resorts offer a range of accommodations and attract skiers and riders looking for a truly authentic ski experience. There is skiing and snowboarding for every skill level. For the more adventurous powder seeker, there are plenty of opportunities for cat-skiing, heli-skiing and backcountry touring. Everyone – from beginners to experts – can get more powder for their dollar thanks to the attractive U.S./Canadian exchange rate. And off the slopes, be sure to take some time to explore B.C.’s funky mountain towns and ski villages – each has its own personality and attractions.
Located five minutes from the old gold-mining town of Rossland, RED Mountain Resort has something for every skier and snowboarder , including incredible tree skiing. In fact, the resort was ranked No. 2 in the world for its tree skiing by Unofficial Networks. While you’re there, be sure to check out Rafters Lounge, which was ranked the No. 1 ski-area bar in North America by Powder Magazine. Once a compressor building for the Black Bear Mine in the 1800s, the building was moved to the base of Red Mountain in 1948 to be used as a lodge. Today Rafters serves up lunch seven days a week and dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays, and hosts live music and special events.
Whitewater turns 40 in 2016, with a large celebration planned for January 15 both on and off the mountain. The resort has been called one of the best powder mountains on the continent by Powder Magazine, and Ski Canada praised it for having the best deeps, bowls and glades. While there, be sure to stop off at Fresh Tracks Café. The open-concept eatery boasts an eclectic menu, and its popular dishes have inspired four best-selling cookbooks. The resort is located south of Nelson, B.C., a charming Victorian town with delightful sidewalk cafés, coffee shops, boutiques and heritage buildings to explore.
Revelstoke has the most vertical in North America, at 5,620 feet. It is also the only resort in the world to offer lift, cat-, heli- and backcountry skiing from one village base. Off the slopes, head to the town of Revelstoke, only five minutes away, where you can enjoy a bite to eat at the Village Idiot, known worldwide for its made-to-order pizzas. Once a logging and mining town, today Revelstoke boasts arts and cultural attractions, cafés, fine dining and one-of-a-kind shops.
The largest resort in the B.C. Rockies, Fernie receives up to 37 feet of snow during the ski season. It also offers 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 142 named runs and five alpine bowls. The resort is on National Geographic’s list of World’s 25 Best Ski Towns. The historic town features boutique stores, public art, galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. For some great craft beer, head to the Fernie Brewing Co. just east of town. It includes a taproom and store alongside its production facility.
If the prospect of skiing under the stars is appealing to you, head to Kimberley Alpine Resort. It has one of North America’s longest illuminated runs, open Thursdays through Saturdays. The resort features 1,800 skiable acres, including 68 total runs and another 12 in the glades. For some après ski on the mountain, check out the Stemwinder Bar, which offers a nice selection of beers, pub fare and live music on the weekend. The town of Kimberley is only a five-minute drive from the resort. Known as the city of festivals thanks to a year-round calendar of events, the alpine-influenced village features parks, boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, guided railway tours of the Sullivan Mine, and Canada’s largest freestanding cuckoo clock.
The cozy village at Panorama Mountain Resort offers full services plus the ease of ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Panorama has 2,847 acres of terrain, including lift access to 750-acre Taynton Bowl, formerly heli-ski terrain. Fuel up with a unique dining experience in one of several mountain huts. Relax after an exhilarating day on the slopes with a long soak in the largest outdoor on-mountain hot pools in Canada, surrounded by snowy peaks and pines.
Powderhounds will revel in the fluffy white wonderland of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada. The resort offers a variety of on-mountain ski-in/ski-out accommodations and dining choices, including Eagle’s Eye, Canada’s most-elevated restaurant. A high-speed, eight-passenger gondola (just one of five lifts) whisks guests to the fourth-highest vertical in North America. Pristine scenery, a spectacular terrain mix and frequent snowfall make for a memorable mountain experience.
Nature’s bounty goes beyond perfect powder at the intimate, yet all-encompassing, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The family-friendly resort has 14 runs ranging from green to black, and natural hot springs offer a beautiful setting for a soothing soak year-round.
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