Tag: Skiing

Whistler’s Five Best Kept Secrets

Katie from the Riverside Resort has this to offer for Whistler’s Best Kept Secrets. Spooky: Train Wrecks at Function/ Ghost Town Green Lake “Parkhurst” Top Secret: The Hemloft Yummy: Riverside Cafe, a local’s favourite – located at Riverside Resort History: Alta Lake was the original name of Whistler but the settlers start calling the area “Whistler” because of the shrill whistle sound made by the western hoary marmots who live among the rocks. Budget: There are countless cross country ski & snowshoe trails that are FREE in Whistler in the wintertime!

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Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain

If you love skiing you probably think of gliding down on the white stuff when anyone mentions a mountain! For me, who is not a skier by the way, I think of hikes and fabulous views, and Vancouver‘s Grouse Mountain is somewhere that offers these in abundance, plus there is of course an alpine ski area here too! One of the reasons why Vancouver is such a popular place is its setting; surrounded by mountains and water this really is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You’ll find Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, that is, across the Burrard Inlet […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Fernie in Winter and Summer

Fernie is for Families and for Friends. It’s for Fans of skiing and riding, for Free-stylers and Fast downhillers, for Fresh tracks throughout the day and for Fine dining and Fun in the evenings. Before you come, make sure you book accommodation, before you leave this winter you should: Take the new chair to the top of Polar Peak and experience Fernie’s epic powder for even longer vertical than before! Drive out to Island Lake Lodge and discover some of best snowshoeing in BC. Get up before the rest with a first tracks package and make the freshest lines while […]

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Courtenay in a Hurry

The editors of this website asked local businesses for the essential recommendations for Courtenay. We asked them: “If you imagine that someone has come to you and they are on a totally tight time line, and asked you these questions, what would you tell them?” 1. Where should I eat that I should not miss in Courtenay? Answer: The Silverado West Coast Grill at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. 339 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay, BC 2. If I only have time for one outdoor activity, what should I see or do in Courtenay? Answer: Go skiing at Mount Washington […]

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Valemount – a Rocky Mountain Jewel

Valemount, “Valley in the Mountains” is truly one of the jewels in BC’s crown of outstanding scenic locations.  With so much to offer, no matter the season, Valemount is a destination for those who love the outdoors and endless outdoor activities.  Whether you are an avid snowmobiler, and ATV addict, like to fish or hike, Valemount offers every opportunity for you to pursue almost any outdoor sport and activity.  If you just want to relax, there is no better place, since the peace and tranquility of this mountain paradise will include soaking in its peaceful ambiance.  Valemount is surrounded by […]

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Top Ten Things to do in Ainsworth Hot Springs

Ainsworth Hot Springs is a sleepy little community of only 100 year-round residents, boasting one of the most unique Hot Springs and Natural Caves in the world. Nestled alongside the pristine Kootenay Lake, within the Selkirk Mountain Range, these are the Top Ten Things To Do: Luxuriate in the Ainsworth Hot Springs Pools & Cave Year-round. Hiking or Cross-country Ski Trails surround Ainsworth and area. Swim (July-Sept.) or Fish the Kootenay Lake (year-round) for the famous Kokanee (land-locked Salmon) or Gerrard Rainbow. Rent an affordable boat or ATV nearby to explore the Kootenay Lake or Kokanee Glacier trails. Explore the […]

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Ski the Powder at Manning Park

Do you like to ski down a mountain all day by yourself (and not have to hike back up)?  Enjoy the sunny cool crisp days, with 30 cm of fresh powder snow.  Then Manning Park Resort is where you should come. From the lower mainland the drive to Manning Park is about 2.5 hours.  It is very similar to the drive (in duration) to the drive from Vancouver to Whistler.  But unlike Whistler expect to pay less than half the price for a day on the hill.  Don’t get me wrong the amenities are in no way comparable.  Manning Park […]

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Apex Mountain Resort

Only four and a half hours east of Vancouver, nestled in the Okanagan Valley is Apex Mountain Resort. With a view of the Apex Mountain Peak in the background, the resort is actually built on the wide face of Beaconsfield Mountain, that rises 2180 metres high. Downhill skiers and snowboarders have all they can ask for here with 68 trails to chose from that vary from the easier green runs to the most challenging black diamond runs. But skiers and boarders are not the only ones attracted to this mountain. It offers cross-country skiing, an outdoor skating rink and outdoor […]

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Mistaya Lodge and Wildcat Glacier

For a backcountry skier, it’s hard to imagine a better place than this, or a better moment than now.  Myself and a group of old and newly met friends are standing atop the Wildcat Glacier at around 9000 feet having climbed here completely under our own power. Surrounding us in the crisp mountain air are literally dozens of stunningly beautiful snow-capped peaks stretching out in all directions. After a snack and a sip of hot tea, Dave Birnie, our guide and co-owner of Mistaya Lodge, gives us a quick reminder of avalanche safety’s golden rule, “ski one at a time, […]

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A Lot More Ski Country

In British Columbia there is a lot more ski country than just Vancouver and Whistler. Over on the eastern side of the province there is an area known as the Kootenay Rockies, along the “Powder Highway”. The snow is deep and dry and they have ski resorts coming out of the woodwork and the helicopter skiing is amazing. This region has the highest concentration of ski resorts. It is also the birthplace of chopper skiing approximately 40 years ago. Some of the known resorts are located in towns such as Fernie, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Whitewater and the Red Mountain Resort […]

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