The crew at Freeskier Magazine have posted some really cool stories that give you the ‘insider’ view on skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.
Abby Cooper starts it out with why March is the time to ski Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
by Abby Cooper
If you could pick a month, any month, to visit Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR), when would it be?
The correct answer is March. KHMR is nestled just 9 miles from historic Golden, BC and the resort experiences its biggest and most frequent storms in March, annually on average. April ranks a close second as a prime time to visit with longer days and slightly warmer temps. If the draw of frequent snowstorms isn’t enough for you (and trust me, they will be), the mountain also offers spectacular springtime events that you don’t want to miss out on, including numerous outdoor concerts that are sure to fuel endless après.
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Jeff Pew will share the back-story on Kimberley Alpine Resort and why this is the place to be..you will be amazed
by Jeff Pew
You walk into a bar, and realize, this is not a joke. No priest. No rabbi. Just a group of young women, one so stunning you can’t take your eyes off her. You’re distracted by her self-absorbed killer looks, until you notice the one sitting next to her by the fireplace. The shy smile. An untucked flannel shirt. The laugh. The subtle beauty you almost overlooked. She’s the one you can’t stop thinking about. The one you talk about on the drive home. She’s the one you fall in love with.
On British Columbia’s Powder Highway, in the Kootenay Rockies, eight spectacular alpine resorts vie for your attention, with steep, deep powder, and gnarly lines. Yet one resort town, without the others’ glitter and glam, keeps you coming back. Not only do you want to ski there—it’s so freaking cool, you want to live there. Located in Southeastern BC, tucked away in the Purcell Mountains is Kimberley Alpine Resort (KAR). The one you fall in love with.
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Lisa Kadane takes us on a retro journey to ever 80’s friendly, Fernie Alpine Resort, located on the southern end of the famed Powder Highway of British Columbia
by Lisa Kadane
It’s 10:00 a.m. and I’m playing flip cup inside the Bear’s Den yurt at Fernie Alpine Resort in the southeastern corner of British Columbia. I don’t normally start my ski day by downing a party cup of Kokanee beer mid-mountain, but it’s Griz Days—an annual March festival celebrating the mythical bear-man (a.k.a. “Griz”) responsible for shooting down powder from the heavens onto this Rocky Mountain playground. My team, part of a private event, is on a mountain quest that involves suds-chugging, skier-cross body checking, and human curling down at the base (where skiers on tire tubes become the “rocks” in this Olympic sport takeoff).
Between “events” we’re screaming down runs of perfect corn snow, booting it over cat-track lips and shooting rooster tails of slush into the warm air with every turn. Spring skiing in Fernie is a delicate balance between lazy laps and beer rewards. Unless it’s puking snow. Then, it’s go-time. For a couple hours, anyway.
In a town where locals have been known to burn skis as an offering to the Griz and where the community rallies annually to watch a parade in his honor, it’s really not that unusual for skiers to mix in a little booze to boost their spring shred, or simply call it early and head to the Griz Bar patio for a pitcher or Burt Reynolds-branded shot-ski.
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