“1,2…10!! Wait, a there’s a hundred!!” The kids excited voices could be heard above the road noise. Everywhere we looked, mountain sheep and deer could be seen grazing along the hillsides as we drove the highway through the Kootenay Pass. The road into Kimberley is surrounded by towering peaks and jaw dropping views. The town itself is nestled in a little valley flanked by the Kootenay Rockies on one side and the Kimberley Alpine Resort on the other. There is no traffic, no rush and nothing but endless adventure awaiting.
When we pulled up to the Trickle Creek Lodge, we discovered we were situated right beside the North Star high-speed Quad Chair, the kids were beyond excited. The lodge was beautiful and our suite overlooked the hill and outdoor pools. The BC Transit shuttle stopped right in front of the lobby for easy trips back into town. It made it so easy to #exploreBCbyBus.
On Day Two we rolled out of bed, grabbed a quick breakfast from the resort café and went next door to the rental shop, just a short walk from the hill. The staff were friendly and quick to fit us all with our boards, boots and skis. We loved how the resort was truly ski-in and ski-out so we were never far from our room, snacks, or a restroom for the little ones!
Kimberley Alpine Resort boasts of North America’s largest gladed terrain and has an average of 13 feet of snow each season. It features long runs (like the 6.4 km long Ridgeway), steep fall line groomers, bump runs and glades. The kids quickly lay siege to as many of the 80 runs on the hill they could find. It was an exhilarating experience to be riding above the clouds with endless mountains views in front of us. We were impressed with the fun options for the kids and our little snowboarders quickly discovered the new Minute Maid secret kids trail. The miniature run features super fun twists, turns, banked corners, camel bumps and kickers right through the trees.
For lunch we skied into the Stemwinder Lounge for their delicious burgers and fries. The atmosphere was animated with live music and TV’s all around for entertainment. After lunch we went right back out for a few more hours of perfect Purcell powder. Before we knew it the kids were hitting jumps and ripping down runs under the beautiful blue sky.
Eventually the kids tuckered out and we skied back into our hotel to change the kids into swim suits and check out the outdoor pool and hot tubs. From the pool we could watch the skiers above us, shredding powder until the lights turned on and night skiing started. It was just the right to relax after a epic day on the hill. That night we ordered take-out from the Buckhorn and Main which was connected to our lodge. We highly recommend both the ribs and rotisserie chicken!
On day three of our trip we headed back down to the rental shop; this time to try snowshoeing with the whole family. There is a beautiful golf course located just across the road from the rental shop parking lot, that in winter, turns into a mecca of snowshoeing and fat biking trails. We all laughed as the kids explored what was and was not capable in snowshoes. The air sparkled with flakes of snow, falling softly under the beautiful skies. Kimberley is the all-around winter playground you have been searching for!
After lunch we headed down to our lobby to catch the first afternoon BC Transit shuttle into town. Our goal was to explore the downtown village known as the Platzl. The short trip to town led us in front of the Shopper Drug Mart, just one block from our goal. The Platzl had a delightful array of places to dine, shop, a craft brewery and more.
After browsing the heritage village, we grabbed a quick (and tasty) bite to eat at the authentic Mexican Burrito Grill. Then we made our 2 minute walk over to the Spirit Rock Climbing Centre. We were in awe of the size of this gym hidden right downtown! There was something for every age and experience level. The friendly staff showed us the ropes, literally! Before we knew it the kids were off exploring the bouldering walls and autobelay systems. With so many options for the kids and watchful staff, even mom and dad had time to climb and the kids never once got bored. We loved to hear their cheers for each other as they made it to their goal and rang that triumphant bell at the top of each wall. The autobelay system was so easy to figure out that soon our four year old was clipping in and out with just the help of an older brother.
We climbed and played until the kids couldn’t stay awake another minute. It had been an amazing two days of non-stop adventure in Kimberley with BC Transit, and the kids were ready for their beds. We climbed onto the last shuttle for the day and once back at the lodge, there was no complaint falling asleep from the kids. It was so easy exploring downtown Kimberley with the quick, one-route shuttle. From our lodge we were just minutes away from skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country trails, restaurants, shopping a cultural experience on the Platzl, and more. If you are looking for an adventurous family getaway or a peaceful retreat, don’t wait. We give Kimberley a 5-star rating!
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