The rest of the world may tuck itself indoors as temperatures fall, but not the people of the Kootenays.
In the towns across the Kootenays, you’ll find hardy outdoorsmen and women (and their children) stepping willingly into chilled air with their neighbours. Check red, hands mittened, the season is welcomed with winter carnivals, festivals and the general shenanigans the Kootenay culture is known for. Here are a few of our Kootenay winter celebrations (by community):
On Christmas Eve, dozens of skiers and their blazing torches wind down the slopes through the darkness during this annual event. After the parade, enjoy the fireworks display! A cherished tradition that kicks off the holiday season at the Resort.
The festivities run throughout the weekend at Whitewater Ski Resort – with various ability levels, it is the perfect way to get into backcountry touring, work on perfecting your backcountry skills, or learn new tricks while cruising in bounds terrain with coaches and instructors. This festival is for all ability levels, and there are plenty of in-bounds workshops for both snowboarders and skiers.
From Dec 8-11, participants will gather to develop or hone their outdoor skills, try new activities, and celebrate the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community with speakers and live music!
The Natural Selection Tour, where 24 of the world’s top snowboarders from throughout the sport compete in dynamic, natural venues, returns with three stages and two live events in 2023. The Tour ups the ante in its third year with head-to-head live competition in all-new Canadian and Alaskan venues and with a brand new first stage format, “duels”.
Natural Selection Duels are designed to bring out riders’ creativity and highlight new zones and snowboarding’s diverse styles. The eight men and four women to come out on top of Natural Selection Duels will converge for the Yeti Natural Selection Revelstoke based out of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Blizzard Music Festival runs annually, the last weekend of January (during Winter Carnival), in Rossland BC. Serving up an eclectic mix of music for all to enjoy.
(The Rossland Winter Carnival started in 1898, this is Canada’s longest-running winter celebration – and, according to the carnival’s present-day organizers,
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