Ski the BC Kootenays
The southcentral to east topography of British Columbia contains a number of mountain ranges starting with the Monashees just east of the Okanagan Valley, then on to the Selkirks east of Arrow Lake, the Purcells on the east side of Kootenay Lake and finally the majestic Rockies which divide BC and Alberta. Head south from Kelowna on Highway 33 and after 129 km (81 miles) turn left onto Highway 3 at the tiny community of Rock Creek. Continue eastward on Highway 3, then turn south at the Rossland/Trail junction and you will arrive at Red Mountain, some 160 km (100 miles) from Rock Creek. Scheduled airline connections can only be made to the east at Cranbrook or west in Kelowna.Red Mountain Resort, the original home of famous Canadian skier Nancy Greene, is made up of two peaks, the round shouldered Red Mountain and the rugged, steeper Granite Mountain. Red offers mostly intermediate cruising terrain while Granite is the maker of Canada's ski team dare-devils with its awesome vertical. Together, they form over 2,500 acres of uncrowded and extremely varying ski terrain, an experience not soon forgotten! In fact very few resorts in North America can match Red Mountain's complement of expert skiing slopes which makes up almost 50% of the skiable terrain. Only three chairlifts and a T-bar take you to anywhere on both peaks but the lift line-ups are almost never crowded. You will have to look elsewhere if you desire luxury on site living although the communities of Rossland and Trail, only minutes away, offer a wide variety of accomodation and dining opportunity. For more information or accomodation bookings, call 1-250-362-7700 or toll free at 1-800-663-0105.
Some Red Mountain Statistics are;
Base Elevation:- 1,185 meters (3,886 feet), Summit Elevation:- 2,038 meters (6,688 feet), Vertical Drop:- 855 meters (2,800 feet), Skiable Terrain:- 2,500 acres, Number of Runs:- 30 plus, Longest Run:- 7.2 kilometers (4.5 miles), Lifts & Capacity:- 1 triple, 2 doubles, T-bar, 2,500 skiers per hour, Daily Lift Ticket:- $36, Annual Snowfall:- 750 cm (300 inches), Snowmaking:- Not Required, Terrain Mix:- Novice 20%, Intermediate 35%, Expert 45%.
Just an hour or so northeast along Highway 3A you will find the historic mining town of Nelson with its great display of turn of the century architecture along the steep well treed streets. Many hours can be spent, with a fantastic view of Kootenay Lake, meandering by stone, brick and post and beam buildings, some over 100 years old! Nearby is a little known ski resort that is really one of BC's hidden gems of the alpine world. Whitewater is only 15 minutes southeast just off Highway 6 from Nelson. It offers unbelievable powder skiing throughout much of the ski season on almost 3,000 acres of skiable slopes. There is 700 meters (2,300 feet) of vertical and 800 cm (320 inches) of annual snowfall. Again, look to Nelson for accomodation but this resort is a must if you enjoy pristine, uncrowded skiing!
Some Panorama Statistics are;
Base Elevation:- 975 meters (3,200 feet), Summit Elevation:- 2,135 meters (7,000 feet), Vertical:- 1,160 meters (3,800 feet), Area:- 2,000 acres, Longest Run:- 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), Lifts & Capacity:- 1 quad, 1triple, 2 doubles, 4 Poma & T-bars, > 6,800 skiers per hour, Daily Lift Ticket:- $45, Annual Snowfall:- 330 cm (130 inches), Snowmaking:- 70%, Terrain Mix:- Novice 20%, Intermediate 55%, Expert 25%.
The past 3 years have marked huge developments for this quaint Resort located in the Bavarian City of the Rockies. Kimberley, located in south-eastern BC, is only 20 minutes from the Cranbrook Airport, 4 1/2 hours from Calgary, AB, and 3 hours from Nelson, BC. Nestled in the Purcell mountain range over-looking the majestic Rocky Mountains, Kimberley Alpine Resort has a new Alpine Village Base with a new skier services lodge (Polaris Lodge), the North Star Express high speed quad and the Trickle Creek Residence Inn by Marriott including Kelsey's Bar & Grill. The terrain has almost doubled by creating more intermediate and advanced terrain especially off the new Tamarack Chair on the back side. Kimberley now offers 1,800 acres of skiable terrain and lots of ski-in, ski-out accommodation and skier services. The variety of terrain include long fall line runs, lots of cruisers, and the backside offers a diversity of steeps, bumps, trees and a few more cruisers.
Kimberley is known for its consistent snow conditions, lots of sun, no lift lines, great value, tons of activities, night skiing, and an unbeatable local atmosphere and hospitality. The City of Kimberley is just 2km down the road, so there are lots of things to do on-mountain and in the community to keep everyone happy!
For more information please call 250-427-4881, fax 250-427-3927 or visit us at www.skikimberley.comSome Kimberley Alpine Resort Statistics are; Base Elevation:- 1,230 meters (4,035 feet), Summit Elevation:- 1,980 meters (6,500 feet), Vertical:- 751 meters (2,465 feet), Skiable Terrain:- 1,800 acres, Number of Runs:- 67, Longest Run:- 6.4 kilometers (4 miles), Lifts & Capacity:- 1 quad, 2 triple, 2 double, 2 T-bars, 2 tow ropes & 1 magic carpet, 9,000 skiers per hour, Daily Lift Ticket:- $45, Annual Snowfall:- 416 cm (163 inches), Snowmaking:- 10%, Terrain Mix:- Novice 20%, Intermediate 45%, Expert 35%.
If you keep heading east on Highway 3, just past Elko you will enter a long narrow mountain pass of inspiring beauty. You will also encounter another interesting community with a proud mining heritage, the town of Fernie which is rightfully called the snow capital of the Rockies! Snow Valley Ski Resort is found just 5 kilometers (3 miles) west of Fernie in the Lizard Range, an array of bowls and glades that trap an incredible amount of powder snow. Over 6 meters (20 feet) falls in the average year and 9 meters (30 feet) is not at all uncommon!
Bowls characterize the upper Lizard Range slopes, mostly above treeline while the lower sections of the Polar Bear and Grizzly Peaks are filled with long, winding runs down through heavily forested slopes to the base area. Try my favorite, the Boomerang run for a powder delight! The Snow Valley base area is a small uncomplicated layout with an assortment of condominiums and hotels for your on hill comfort. The Fernie townsite is so near that lodging and dining needs are just not a problem. The locals are usually proud to show you that both the mountain and their hospitality are one of BC's best kept alpine skiing secrets! For more information and accomodation needs call Fernie Central Reservations at 1-250-423-9284 or the Fernie Chamber of Commerce at 1-250-423-6868.
Some Snow Valley Statistics are;
Base Elevation:- 1,065 meters (3,500 feet), Summit Elevation:- 1,800 meters (5,900 feet), Vertical:- 730 meters (2,400 feet), Skiable Terrain:- 800 acres, Number of Runs:- 40, Longest Run:- 5 kilometers (3 miles), Lifts & Capacity:- 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 double, 4 Poma, T-bars, 7,000 skiers per hour, Daily Lift Ticket:- $34, Annual Snowfall:- 600 cm (250 inches), Snowmaking:- Not Required, Terrain Mix:- Novice 25%, Intermediate 40%, Expert 35%.
CANADA, a clean, spacious, scenic, fun place to visit!