Kimberley Alpine Resort
It is located near the small city of Kimberley in the southeast part of the British Columbia province. The resort is on the Purcell mountain range and is an ideal destination for vacationing groups and families. Like other resorts in the Canadian Rockies, Kimberley is blessed with a large amount of snowfall annually with a lot of days where the sun comes out. The resort is open the whole year, with facilities for hiking, kayaking, golfing, and biking available in the summer. Its facilities for skiers are available from December to April.
Kimberley was once known as a mining town in the 19th century and attracted many immigrants from Europe, particularly those from Scandinavia. The immigrants from that part of the world then formed the Kimberley Ski Club in the 1930s and built a ski jump facility on one of Kimberley's mines, the North Star Hill. This rudimentary facility expanded through the years into what is now known as Kimberley Alpine Resort. Most of the structures in the resort have a Bavarian design, as are most of the structures in the city's downtown. The resort is now operated by the Resort of the Canadian Rockies and now has additional ski-in/out accommodations, retail and dining outlets. There are also a newly built basketball court and a playground.
The resort has a total skiing area of 1,800 acres or 728 hectares with about 80 ski runs. The highest accessible point is 751 meters or about 2,465 feet above the resort. The resort experiences 400 centimeters or 150 inches of snowfall every year. It has runs for all kinds of skill levels, although most of the runs are meant for intermediates and more advanced skiers.
Visitors love the fact that there is a good chance that new snow can fall throughout the winter. The resort and other ones nearby rank high in the list of ideal places to ski because of their vast amounts of powder snow every year. Unlike the other resorts in the region, though, Kimberley is not so much a popular skiing destination so visitors can take advantage of short (sometimes, none at all) lines to the affordable ski lifts. The resort usually has good weather so many of its runs are open during the entire season.
Although most of the runs are suitable for people with advanced skiing skills, guests and those coming with small children do not have a problem looking for a way to have fun. The resort is indeed family-friendly with staff that is always friendly and helpful. Don't forget to get yourself a loyalty card for the resort, something which can give you a lot of savings.
The resort's location makes it an ideal destination for skiers from different parts of Canada and the world, even though Kimberley does not even seem to try to compete with other resorts in giving the most challenging skiing course. It has made the wise move of cultivating itself as a wholesome resort that families and friends would want to go to.