Most EVs now boast a range of over 300-km, meaning ski families can happily travel between all Powder Highway resorts, and most perceived EV ‘hassles’ are in reality bonuses. There are over 40 charging stations installed across the Kootenays; 1,870-km of connected electric vehicle travel.
After a day of Fernie face-shots, a stop at Jaffray for coffee and snacks at the First Perk Coffee House and Eatery is a must on the road-trip west towards Kimberley. Twenty to forty minutes at the supercharger is sufficient to top off any EV for the trip to Kimberley. A perfect window to grab a coffee and snack.
Kimberley offers two – level 2 chargers – which allows for more time to top-up while enjoying your dinner or an apres-ski stop at the Burrito Grill or Pedal and Tap or The Shed or Stonefire Pizzeria in Kimberley’s Platzl (downtown centre/pedestrian mall). EV drivers can also plug into the wall at their hotel or condo, to trickle-charge overnight and while they carve up Kimberley Alpine Resort’s legendary groomers.
Heading North, a coffee stop in the Upper Columbia is mandatory en route to Golden from Kimberley. Invermere and Radium Hot Springs offer multiple EV charge options, including one of Tesla’s newest Supercharger installations, with 8 fast-charge stations that include universal level 2 charge ports for all EVs, all within easy walking distance of three iconic coffee shops.
We opt for a DC fast-charge in Radium Hot Springs, with time for coffee and road snacks at the Bighorn Cafe. This leaves us with plenty of range to hit Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for a few days. For the trip home, we charge up at Golden’s convenient DC supercharger while we savour mouthwatering taco plates at Reposados in downtown Golden.
The icing on the EV Powder Highway cake? A family of four stopping between resorts for coffee and treats while fast charging still costs less than the gasoline for an old-school vehicle.
While no vehicle is zero-impact, EV battery components can be recycled over and over again, and are powered by increasingly renewable energy. Ford, Chevy, Tesla and trend-setting Rivian all have EV trucks on the horizon. In an EV your family can stop and truly enjoy the in-between wonders of the Powder Highway, save money, and minimize the impacts of your ski tracks on the planet.
Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.
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Top/cover photo: Views of the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort; photo courtesy of Destination BC/Rueben Krabbe
Words by Dave Quinn. Born in Cranbrook, BC; Dave is a wildlife biologist, educator, wilderness guide, writer and photographer whose work is driven by his passion for wilderness and wild spaces. His work with endangered mountain caribou and badgers, threatened fisher and grizzly, as well as lynx and other species has helped shape his understanding of the Kootenay backcountry and its wildlife.