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BC’s Coolest Ski Towns
The case for skiing north of the border, written by an American
For great exercise, fun, and adventure, there’s no better way to see the glory of the Canadian Rockies than by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and getting out in the crisp winter air. Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter sports in BC, and it’s no wonder – it’s great for all ages, inexpensive to pick up, and easy to learn. Here are three great snowshoeing destinations in the Canadian Rockies, courtesy of the BC Visitor Centre at Mount Robson.
Island Lake Lodge Catskiing is an incredible backcountry resort located 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the city of Fernie. Ride a catski up to this winter wonderland, and enjoy some of the wonderful facilities available. For a romantic overnight vacation that you won’t soon forget, book a stay in one of their gorgeous deluxe guest rooms. Spend the day snowshoeing around the lake, taking in the beauty and enjoying the solitude along regularly groomed trails. After an exciting day, relax and enjoy a spa treatment or two, available at the Island Lake Health Spa. For a perfect romantic getaway, book one of their Winter Lunch packages, which includes snowshoeing through old-growth forest and a gourmet meal with wine pairings. Enjoy your meal while looking out over the magnificent Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Located just 4 km (2.5 mi) from the city of Kimberley, Kimberley Alpine Resort offers an exceptional and unique snowshoeing experience. Enjoy outstanding views from the mountaintop with the Kootenay Fondue Experience. This 2-hour tour starts at 6:30 pm, and begins with a ride up the North Star Express chairlift to the top of the mountain, where the scenery will take your breath away. From the lift, enjoy a 30-minute snowshoe trek to Kootenay Haus, where you’ll be met with a fantastic spread of mouth-watering chocolate fondue. Enjoy pretzels and fruit dipped in delightful chocolate as you get to know your tour mates, learn a bit about the area, and just generally relax and have a great time. The tour ends with a leisurely ride back down the chairlift and back to the resort. This tour is perfect for beginner snowshoers, as the gentle terrain is a great way to practice your skills. For more intermediate level snowshoers, the resort also offers Mountain Decent, which brings you on a lovely interpretive tour from the top of the lift down the historical Northstar Mountain.
The Lake O’Hara Backcountry Lodge is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, in Yoho National Park. Located 82 km (51 mi) from Golden, this outstanding backcountry destination, blanketed in snow, is an alpine dream for any winter sports lover. Looking to get away from it all? The nearest road is located 11 km (7 mi) from the lodge, and the only way in is a scenic ski or snowshoe along the access trail. The main lodge can house up to 16 guests, which makes it feel like the mountain is your own private haven. The experienced and passionate guides provide great stories, as well as tips and advice to improve your skills. After an exhilarating day spent playing in the powder, return to the lodge to enjoy mouth-watering meals, and relax and steam away the day in the wood-fired sauna.
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