Kimberley Skiing and Snowboarding Guide
Located far away from big cities, Kimberley Alpine Resort has a wonderful atmosphere and incredible skiing and snowboarding opportunities. The resort boasts 1800 acres of beautiful terrain, and a mountain village with Bavarian charm.
Kimberley Alpine Resort is one of Western Canada’s best kept secrets. The resort is a fantastic option for those seeking small lift lines, spectacular views, sunny days and tons of fresh, powdery snow. Kimberley’s legendary skiing and snowboarding has been cherished by locals for years, is revisited by holiday skiers time and time again, yet still retains its small town charm.
KIMBERLEY ALPINE RESORT
Kimberley Alpine Resort is a locals’ ski hill turned popular family ski destination. Almost two thirds of the ski runs are rated beginner or intermediate and there are many beautiful, groomed runs that all skiers can enjoy.
Don’t let this friendly, medium-sized resort trick you into underestimating the terrain though! You’ll still find plenty of challenging runs. One of the great things about Kimberley is the very fact that it’s been underestimated.
The terrain weighs in at a medium-size of 1800 acres – big enough for a variety of groomers and glades, yet still user-friendly and accessible. There are a dozen gladed runs as well as 68 designated trails all serviced by 3 lifts. The terrain lies below the tree line and is divided into two territories. One distinctly full of greens and blues (front side of the mountain), and the other mostly blacks (back side). Every run funnels into one of these two areas so you won’t be at risk of getting lost.
For the expert skiers, the back side has some steep and long runs, with many exciting bumps and turns. For those of us passionate about fresh powder, glades and tree skiing, Kimberley’s terrain is the most enticing!
In terms of snowfall, Kimberley is like old faithful. It reliably gets 4 metres of snow on average in a season, with a dry and powdery texture and even coverage. It also gets plenty of bluebird days. With stats like these, skiing Kimberley is basically a guaranteed good time.
- Top Elevation: 6,500ft / 1,982m
- Base Elevation: 4,035ft / 1,230m
- Vertical: 2,465ft / 751m
- Skiable Acres: 1,800 acres
- Longest Run: 3.97mi / 6.4km
- Number of Lifts: 5 — 1 High Speed Quad (North Star Express); 1 Triple Chair (Easter); 1 Double Chair (Tamarack); 1
T-Bar (Owl); 1 Magic Carpet
- Number of Runs: 68 runs plus another 12 in the glades
- Beginner: 20%
- Intermediate: 42%
- Advanced: 38%
- Ski Season Early December – Mid April
- Average Snowfall: 400cm
- Average Temperature: -5°C / 23°F
Most of Kimberley Ski Resort’s accommodations are located in the village with ski-in/ski-out access. Trickle Creek Lodge for example, is nestled right at the base of the express chair lift. With well-equipped kitchens and spacious living area, Trickle Creek is especially good for families and large groups.
Many resort facilities include spas, rental shops and retail shops. Ever thoughtful about families, many of the resorts here also feature a child care facility and snowsports school. If your group is interested in more than just skiing, you’ll find lots of other activities to keep you entertained including dog sledding, helicopter tours, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
PLANNING A TRIP TO KIMBERLEY?
We have a variety of Kimberley Ski Resort accommodations, or vacation rentals in downtown suited for any kind of traveller. Check out our extensive selection here. Call our highly knowledgeable Destination Experts who can answer any questions you may have about skiing and snowboarding in Kimberley, or our fabulous selection of accommodations. They’re available 7 days a week!