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January 3, 2024

Keeping it Old School: Our Community Hills on the Powder Highway

The hidden gems of the Powder Highway may not get the recognition they deserve, but their charm and authenticity speak for themselves. Discover the magic of our non-profit, volunteer-run, winter resorts that are keeping it ‘Old School’.


Catch the thrill of skiing/riding, Monday to Thursday (5:30 to 9:00pm) and Saturday to Sunday (9am to 3:30pm). Want the whole resort to yourself? Rent it out from Friday to Sunday nights! With a bunny hill, halfpipe, moguls, and a black diamond run, Salmo offers something for every skier. Discover the most affordable ski experience in the Kootenays at the Salmo Ski Hill.

Photo courtesy of the Salmo Ski Hill


Nakusp’s Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area is a true throwback, embracing its “old school” charm. Unleash your confidence on their legendary rope tow and conquer 150 vertical meters on the T-bar. It’s an unbeatable skiing and riding experience that won’t break the bank, perfect for the whole family. Join us from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm, and don’t miss out on the thrill of night skiing/riding every Friday (6pm to 9pm).

Photo courtesy of Summit Lake Ski & Snowboard Area


Elkford, BC’s Wilderness Capital is not just your ordinary ski destination. Prepare for an action-packed adventure at the volunteer-built and run Wapiti Ski Area. Embrace the thrill of parking amidst snowmobiles at the town’s sole gas station along Highway 43. From there, let the wild west vibe guide you to the summit of the ski lift. With a single, 249 vertical meter T-bar, you can conquer 14 exhilarating runs ranging from green to black diamond. Check with Elkford Visitor Centre for operating hours.

Photo courtesy of the Wapiti Ski Hill

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