Activities & Tours

The region around Whitewater Ski Resort and Nelson BC, Canada, is powder central. Not surprisingly most winter activities make the most of the abundant snow.

Ski Tours and Activities Nordic ski trails are located at the Whitewater ski resort and start from the day lodge. The 15 kilometres of trails are suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. The Mountain Learning Centre provides lessons if required. Nordic rates are very inexpensive per day or for a season pass.

There are various mountaineering operators that provide backcountry tours. Summit Mountain Guides is one example who provides ski touring, avalanche skills training and ice climbing. Alternatively Ymir Yurts provide ski touring accommodation in backcountry yurts. The packages have the options of being guided or self-guided, and catered or self-catered.  

Nelson Cat Skiing  Cat skiing on the famous Powder Highway is legendary and there are various cat ski operations in the area.

Valhalla Powdercats is heaven for powder warriors and a place that proves that powder hounds and powder cats can in fact get along. The morning meeting spot for Valhalla Powdercats is in South Slocan, 20 minutes from Nelson. Valhalla cat skiing consists of single day trips or you can string together multiple days for even more powder fun.

Retallack is another legendary cat skiing operation in the region. Based about an hour north of Nelson, Retallack provides multi-day packages that include accommodation, meals and the powder. This is not cat skiing for the faint of heart!

Nelson Heli SkiingSnowwater heli skiing provides the ultimate in steep and deep. Snowwater provide multi-day all inclusive heli ski packages with upscale accommodation and divine cuisine.

Stellar Heliskiing is based out of Nelson and Kaslo (a little north of Nelson). They provide magnificent single day and multi day heli skiing packages.

Adventure Activities Dog sledding is a great activity for the romantic, the adventure seeker, the family or anyone who wants a howling good time. Spirit of the North Kennels operates dog sledding tours out of Salmo, south of Nelson. The tours travel along 7km of beautiful groomed trails through woods, fields and along the Salmo River.

Leisure Activities Go to the Visitor Information Centre (225 Hall Street, Nelson) and pick up a brochure for a self-guided heritage walking tour of Nelson. The walk explores the history of downtown Nelson and the buildings, including information on the architecture. Some of the hotels also stock these brochures as well as information on a driving tour of the area.

If you want to get high, a great way to see the area is with a scenic helicopter tour - try Range Helicopters or High Terrain Helicopters.

Relaxation When skiing has worn you out, a visit to the Ainsworth Hot Springs might be required to revitalize the body. The resort is about a 45 minute drive north of Nelson. Amidst the majestic scenery of the Purcell Mountain and Kootenay Lake it features three hot pools, a lounging pool and a stream-fed cold plunge pool. The hot springs are somewhat novel because parts of the hot pools are inside small caves.

If you’re in need of a day spa treatment, head to Shalimar Health Spa at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, voted as Nelson’s number one health spa 7 years in a row. They offer hydrotherapy, facials, massages, and other treatments. The quality is great and the rates are very inexpensive as is typical of Nelson. 

Another option is Mountain Waters Spa (205 Victoria St Nelson). They offer various massages and beauty treatments such as manicures and hair removal.

Events Whitewater and Nelson host the annual Kootenay Cold Smoke Festival which celebrates backcountry skiing and boarding. The event includes education and equipment demos as well as plenty of fun.