Kimberley Alpine Resort | Kari Medig

Levelling Up with the Whole Family

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Kimberley Alpine Resort | Kari Medig

Kootenay Rockies for Families


Get ready for majestic backdrops with ski terrain that helps the whole family progress at Kimberley, Panorama and Fernie.

Dip into tree-skiing at Kimberley, where 1,800 acres of rolling boulevards and gentle glades nestle in the Purcells but gaze onto the Rockies. Level up to more challenging glades and alpine-bowl skiing at Panorama, a self-contained Purcells getaway known for immaculate grooming, stunning views, and zero crowds on its nearly 3,000 skiable acres. Advance into deep powder at Fernie, located in the Rockies’ Lizard Range, where the big alpine bowls that scallop across its 2,500+ acres are legendary among powderhounds.

At all three, the terrain makes skills progression a natural, lift-adjacent condos and homes make the ski day a low-stress affair, and family-focused restaurants, activities, and amenities (like cool candy stores, entry-level ski touring, fat biking, and water parks) keep everything fun.

Go Deeper: Ski Kimberley, Panorama, and Fernie in One Trip

  • Airport: Canadian Rockies International (YXC) in Cranbrook, BC
  • First Stop: Kimberley
  • Second Stop: Panorama
  • Third Stop: Fernie
  • Total Driving: 491 km / 305 miles (~ 5.5 hours)


Surrounded by the Selkirk and Rocky mountains, Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for consistent snowfall, short lift lines, and abundant sunny days. It’s a great choice for both families and experts, with terrain for all levels and 80 runs over 729 hectares (1,800 acres) of skiable area. Stay slope-side and ski from your door in the morning, then stroll the Platzl, a pedestrian-friendly shopping area, in the afternoon. In the evening, Night Skiing and our resort Skating Rink or Stemwinder Bar & Grill await.

Photo: Kari Medig


Intimate, accessible, friendly, and laidback, Panorama has long been a favourite ski destination for families. The snowfall is dry and the days are sunny and warm. Here, 135 runs stretch across nearly 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain with panoramic views of the Purcell and Rocky mountains. Panorama’s charming village is home to Canada’s largest outdoor slope-side hot pools, and the adventurous can go heli-skiing right from the village base.

Photo: Kari Medig


Serious powderhounds make the trek to the southeastern corner of BC to ski at Fernie Alpine Resort. Nearly nine metres (30 feet) of snow blankets this resort each year, ranking it among the snowiest ski destinations in Canada. A must? Ride up the Polar Peak chairlift to one the highest peaks in the Lizard Range, and carve the steep and deep from 1,082 metres (3,550 feet).

Photo: Dave Heath


Boasting more acres than California, Washington State, and Oregon combined—with most of it mountainous—BC is better than your average ski destination. But we don’t like to brag. Come and ski for yourself, and discover our adventurous spirit and big-mountain talents.

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