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Learn to Ski or Snowboard on the Powder Highway

As snow settles over the mountains and valleys in the Kootenays, winter enthusiasts journey along the Powder Highway in search of deep pow, cozy mountain towns  and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re strapping on a snowboard or skis for the first time, or brushing up on your technique, these legendary resorts are the perfect spot to learn.

RED Mountain Resort
~ Rossland

New for the 19/20 season at Red Mountain Resort is the Topping Creek Chair, the expansion has added an additional 121 hectares (300 acres) and 300 m (1,000 ft.) of vertical terrain below Grey Mountain.

The Topping Creek Chair links up the top of Silverlode Chair, with the bottom of the Grey Chair and delivers 7 new intermediate runs. The new terrain accesses some of the best snow on the mountain thanks to the southeast aspect, with options for testing your skills off-piste with tree skiing, or exploring some of the new runs such as Golden Dawn and Madhouse.  (In the need for more ski/snowboard lessons, check out RED’s Fall Line School.)

Starting young, this little ripper at RED Mountain Resort – photo by Dave Heath

Revelstoke Mountain Resort
~ Revelstoke

The new Stellar Chair at Revelstoke Mountain Resort is spinning for the 19/20 season, opening 3 beginner and 3 intermediate runs high up on the mountain – providing expansive views and prime snow. The new expansion covers an additional 130 m of vertical, the mellow grade making it a great spot to perfect your turns and techniques before tackling the bigger terrain available at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

No matter which ski resort you journey to this winter on the Powder Highway, there’s opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of every skill level to build confidence on the slopes – so that you can spend even more time shredding.

Get more practice on the beginner/intermediate terrain, so that you can conquer this mountain – photo by Royce Sihils

Kimberley Alpine Resort
~ Kimberley

Ladies Get Confident Skills Camps are perfect for novice skiers and boarders looking to improve their skills. Sessions are 2-hours and held in a class size of maximum of 4 people to offer individual attention.

Get the confidence you need to rip down the mountain – photo by Raven Eye Photography

Panorama Mountain Resort
~ near Invermere

Choppers Heli Prep Session for intermediate skiers looking to go beyond the resort, learn how to cruise untouched powder at Panorama Mountain Resort in preparation heli-skiing with RK HeliSki.

Before you ski/board in fresh ‘pow’ with RK Heli, be sure to do the prep in advance! – photo by David Gluns

Whitewater Ski Resort
~ Nelson

Ski/Snowboard Level 1 is perfect if you’ve never skied/boarded, Whitewater Resort’s instructors will teach you everything from how to dress for the slopes, how to manage your gear, how to control speed, make stops and turns.  

Know Before You Go – Home to the Powder Highway, we have a ton of in-bound skiing operators. Alpine resorts are boarded by wilderness, so don’t be tempted into thinking that there aren’t any hazards on the mountains. If an area is closed, respect the signage and go rip on the next run. These areas are closed to keep you safe – always ski and ride responsibly. Protect yourself from tree wells by steering clear of areas near tree trunks that are close to low hanging branches. Canadian Ski Patrol, local resort ski patrol and avalanche professionals are some of the best in the world and do their utmost to keep as much of the alpine area as possible safe and open for use and we can’t thank them enough! BC Adventure Smart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading into the outdoors!

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Words by Ashley Voykin.  Cover/top photo at RED Mountain Resort by Dave Heath.

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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