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