Great time to go skiing and boarding
It’s a great time to hit the slopes: snowfalls are steady and Champagne dry, the hills are less crowded and daytime temperatures are in the -5C to 0C range. There are some good deals at the mountain hotels, too. The Sawridge Inn in Jasper offers a Snowday package that includes luxurious accommodations, a hot buffet breakfast and a lift ticket to Marmot Basin for $136 per day. Closer to town is The Crimson, where you can get a similar deal for about $110 per day. If your budget is a bit more flexible, you may want to consider the mid-week on-hill special at the Sunshine Inn: from $359 per person you get two nights and two days skiing plus breakfast. This is ski-to-your-door accommodations at Sunshine Village, and the giant hot tub under the moonlit sky is an amazing experience.
Coldsmoke in Whitewater
Whitewater Ski Resort—located in the Kootenays near Nelson, BC—is a hidden gem for its remoteness from major towns and cities. Nestled high up in the Selkirk Mountains, where snowfalls are heavy and frequent, a 247-cm base currently awaits your adventure. The easiest way to get there from Edmonton is to drive south on Highway 2 towards Lethbridge and then head west on Highway 3 through Fernie, Cranbrook and Creston. It’s a bit of a drive, but make it a road trip with friends. Consider heading out this weekend for the 10th Annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival. There are so many things going on, but I only have print space to highlight a few. First, this is the weekend when many high-end ski instructors gather to teach their specialities, including High Performance Telemarking, Alpine and Steeps as well as Stashes Freeski clinics. If competition is what you’re looking for, this weekend has a few options. On Saturday, there’s a Poker Run and Slopestyle event, and on Sunday the ROAM Randonnee Rally Ski Mountaineering Race and the Backcountry Olympics will make you really tired as well as keep you thoroughly entertained. If it’s a bit too late to fit into your calendar this year, make note of it for next year and book the early bird packages, including ski clinics, at good deals. V