Kimberley Ski Resort
The Kimberley ski resort is hugely under-rated. It’s well known as being an excellent family resort, but it also has some challenging terrain. Kimberley used to be a simple locals’ ski hill, yet the ski resort has seen some development in recent years and it’s evolved into more of a destination resort. Of course the huge benefit of Kimberley being underestimated is that it is largely deserted. If you want to be greedy and have a run all to yourself, you probably can!
Kimberley Ski and Snowboard Terrain
At 729 hectares (1,800 acres) Kimberley is medium sized, although relative to other Canada ski resorts, Kimberley is below average for size. The ski area has 68 trails as well as a dozen gladed runs, so there’s reasonable variety for most skiers and boarders. The main part of the ski resort is only serviced by 3 lifts, of which only one is a fast detachable chair lift. The other chair lifts consist of a slow triple and a slow double.
The terrain is all below the tree line and has two main areas. The front side of Kimberley is mostly green and blue, whilst the backside of the mountain has mainly black terrain. All the runs funnel into the two areas so it’s difficult to get lost; part of the reason that Kimberley is well liked by families.
Kimberley is probably most suited to intermediates with lots of long groomed trails, but more recently the ski resort has developed a beginners-only area serviced by a magic carpet and t-bar to cater for novices. Kimberley has gladed and mogul terrain for advanced riders, but there’s nothing particularly steep, scary or extreme. Kimberley also has a rail park.
Kimberley is known for its reliable snow cover and dry powder, although unfortunately it doesn’t dump in abundance with only 4 metres of snow falling per season on average. The upside is that Kimberly experiences many sunny days.
Where is Kimberley Alpine Resort?
Kimberley ski resort is located in the Purcell Mountains in the East Kootenays of Southeast British Columbia, Canada.
Kimberley is 406km by road southwest of Calgary International Airport, from where there are shuttle transport options or you can hire a car. The other gateway airport is Kalispell Montana, 2.5 hours drive south. Alternatively the Canadian Rockies Airport (formerly the Cranbrook airport) is just 20 minutes from the resort, with flights originating from Calgary or Vancouver.
The ski resort is situated just a few minutes (4 kilometres / 2.5 miles) from the old mining town of Kimberley. A community bus travels between the resort and town on an hourly basis (until 9pm), or if you don’t have a rental car you can catch a taxi.
Kimberley Alpine Resort has a small village at the base, with much of the accommodation being completely ski-in ski-out. A popular choice is the Trickle Creek Lodge at the base of the express chair lift which has suites with fully equipped kitchens. There is also a spa resort, condos, and townhouses.
Alternatively you can stay in the town of Kimberley in a hotel, motel or hostel. Kimberley accommodations are generally more economical than on-mountain, and staying in town has the advantage of easy access to a range of restaurants, bars and gift shops.
See a range of Kimberley accommodation here
or you can look at lodging options as part of a Kimberley ski package
Kimberley Ski Resort Facilities
The mountain has good facilities including ski and snowboard rental, a snowsports school, child care, and a couple of retail shops. There are limited on-mountain dining or drinking options, so you might need to head into town in the evenings if you don’t want to self cater.
Apart from downhill skiing and snowboarding, other Kimberley activities include cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, and scenic helicopter flights.
Why Ski or Snowboard at Kimberley Canada?
The ski resort has retained its charming friendliness despite the recent development to improve the village. Kimberley is a great Canadian ski holiday destination and is more economical than most other Canada ski resorts
, so not surprisingly it’s popular with families. Other strong points include the intermediate ski and snowboard terrain, the tree skiing, and the lack of crowds.