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Kimberley is one of Canada’s hidden gems. Located in the famed Powder Highway region of British Columbia the resort typically receives around 400cm of light, dry, powder snow every season. The resort is also known to be the sunniest in British Columbia, enjoying more bluebird days than any other resort in the region.
This quaint resort exudes small town charm. There are no crowds, no lift lines and staying slope-side means catching the first lift in the morning is an easy commute! With 80 quiet, uncrowded runs spread over 1,800 acres the resort has plenty of options for beginners and intermediates.
Kimberley is often overlooked by powder-hounds who tend to gravitate toward the nearby resorts of Fernie or Panorama looking for deep powder. This gives the resort more of a laid back family friendly vibe. However, this resort packs a serious punch and offers advanced skiers some of the best gladed/tree skiing in Canada. Night skiing is also available at the weekends on the longest floodlit run in Canada.
Kimberley is located deep in interior British Columbia which has some of the best powder snow in Canada. The quality of snow here is superb – the snow stays light and dry for days after a snowfall, especially on the quiet runs and in the gladed black runs.
All the runs at Kimberly are below the tree line and funnel into the base at the village or the backside of the mountain – so it’s nearly impossible to lose your bearings skiing here.
Beginners are well catered for with around 20% of the resort being ideal for finding your ski legs. The whole of the front side is well suited to progressive learners who will love learning on runs that are groomed to perfection.
The majority of skiing here is perfect for intermediates. Nearly half of the runs are ideal for cruising on – long, wide and quiet! You’ll rack up plenty of miles, especially if you add in some night skiing at the weekends (Thursday – Saturday).
The backside of the mountain is where you’ll find advanced skiers enjoying the steeper pitches in Easter Bowl which has plenty to offer experts including steep and deep, moguls and long lasting powder stashes. The resort also claims to have the largest gladed ski terrain in North America.
The Bavarian style ski village offers doorstep convenience to the ski lifts and a laid back, genuine Canadian ski town atmosphere. The on mountain ski village is not overly developed and has a small range of ski-in, ski-out accommodation options. As a result, there are a limited number of restaurants and bars in the ski village and nightlife here is generally quiet.
The resort base is just a little uphill from the small mining town of Kimberley which has a wider selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and retail outlets. The resort shuttle connects the two and runs up to 9pm, after which local taxis are available.
If you’re looking for a compact ski area that offers quiet, uncrowded, long pitch perfect intermediate runs then Kimberley could be for you. Team this up with plenty of snow, plenty of sunshine and an authentic Canadian ski town then Kimberley could be the perfect destination for your next family ski holiday.
The resort is located between Panorama and Fernie, so it’s also a great destination to explore if you’re planning a road trip on the Powder Highway on a multi-resort snow safari.