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9 Things to Aspire To Do on the Powder Highway

#1 – Get a birds-eye view over the terrain at RED Mountain Resort by tandem paragliding with the Get Lost Adventure Centre in Rossland. Launching off either Granite or Red Mountain, the flight duration lasts between 10-30 minutes depending on the conditions.  (Photo above.)

#2 – Near Revelstoke you’ll find Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing. They service half a million acres of terrain, accessing alpine bowls, vast meadows and old-growth forests all covered in deep powder. Depending on ability level, there are one day and multi day excursions available.

Photo courtesy of Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (photo by Alain Sleigher Photography)

#3 – Soak and stay at the Nakusp Hot Springs, there are trails nearby for snowshoeing and cozy rustic cedar chalets available for accommodation just feet away from the hot springs (a short drive to town).

Photo courtesy of Nakusp Hot Springs

#4 – Shred under the stars at Kimberley Alpine Resort, on the longest lit ski-run in North America. The North Star Quad chair is spinning for night skiing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning on December 26.

Photo courtesy of the Kimberley Alpine Resort

#5 – Explore the Kootenay Backcountry by snowmobile with Great Canadian Tours in Revelstoke, Golden Snowmobile Rentals or Toby Creek Adventures in Panorama.  All offer guided backcountry trail tours for the entire family.

Photo courtesy of Great Canadian Tours

#6 – Ski the steep terrain at White Grizzly Cat Skiing. Located north of Kootenay Lake, near Meadow Creek, White Grizzly offers guided cat skiing into the backcountry of the Selkirk Mountains and is perfect for skiers or snowboarders looking for pristine and challenging terrain.

Photo courtesy of White Grizzly Cat Skiing

#7 — Sip the newest craft brew this winter the”Powder Hwy”; a collaborate effort by four Kootenay breweries — Fernie, Mt. Begbie (in Revelstoke), Nelson, and Whitetooth (in Golden). This Dark Saison will be on tap at select locations throughout BC (and available in 473-ml 4-packs in very limited quantities across BC on Nov 28).

Photo courtesy of the Fernie Brewing Co.

#8 – Experience dogsledding through the moonlit mountains with Golden Dog Sled Adventures

Photo courtesy of the Golden Dog Sled Adventures.

#9 – Stretching over 30-km in length and connecting the communities of Invermere and Windermere is “The Whiteway“. This winter trail on frozen Lake Windermere is open for both ice skating and cross-country skiing (as well as pick-up hockey and curling at the Invermere entrance).

Photo courtesy of the RipTide Studio

Know Before You Go – Looking to head out on a weekend adventure? If you’re out exploring remember to #tripplan. Follow the three Ts – Trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. Familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace principles to limit your footprint when in the outdoors. BC Adventure Smart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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Words by Ashley Voykin.  Cover/top photo courtesy of RED Mountain Resort | Get Lost Adventure Centre.

Ashley Voykin is a landscape and outdoor adventure photographer in the West Kootenays. Her work focuses on big mountains, small towns and exploring those spaces. Committed to capturing local landscapes in a new way, she can often be found chasing Northern Lights late into the night and finding new views of endless lakes and mountains around the Kootenays.

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