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Heli & Cat-Skiing: How It All Started Here

February 5, 2024

It was Hans Gmoser who made snowy adventure in the wild a reality. In 1965, the maverick mountain guide flew six skiers deep into... Read More

Road Tripping the Powder Highway Like a Ski Bum

February 3, 2024

Located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the Powder Highway is an unrivaled destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. With the highest concentration of... Read More

7 Tips to Get You Started: Exploring Powder Highway's Backcountry

February 1, 2024

BC's Powder Highway in the Kootenay Rockies is home to some of the most sought-after backcountry skiing and riding in the world. From far-flung summits... Read More

Slackcountry Touring at our Powder Highway Ski Resorts

January 31, 2024

The Slackcountry is where adventure awaits, just outside ski resort boundaries. No need to sweat and toil to 'earn your turns' in the Backcountry. With... Read More

Guiding Services: Exploring Powder Highway’s Backcountry

January 30, 2024

You’ve skied Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ve maxed out the vertical you can bag in a day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and you... Read More

Avalanche Safety Training: Step 1 for Backcountry Ski Touring

January 26, 2024

Growing up I was fortunate to have a remarkable ski hill in close proximity to me. It truly introduced me to my love and passion... Read More

How BIG is The Powder Highway?

January 26, 2024

IT'S COLOSSAL!  After polling all of the alpine, cat, heli and most of the backcountry lodges - we found out that it is GIGANTIC! 7.2 Million+ ACRES... Read More

Learn to Ski & Snowboard on the Powder Highway

January 24, 2024

Join us in our quest for epic powder, charming mountain towns, and memories that will last a lifetime along the Powder Highway. Whether you're a... Read More

Our Kootenay Mountain Ranges

January 23, 2024

Explore the breathtaking Kootenay region, nestled in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, Canada. Experience the beauty of the East & West Kootenay as you... Read More

Family Fun on BC's Powder Highway

January 19, 2024

Experience the ultimate skiing tradition on the Powder Highway! In my home, it was tradition to hit the slopes every weekend in Kimberley. The house... Read More

Funky Finds on the Powder Highway

January 18, 2024

With over 7.2+ million acres of terrain to be conquered, we suggest multiple visit to the Powder Highway to experience it all! It is home to... Read More

Powder Towns on the Powder Highway

January 17, 2024

Sometimes it can be hard to reconcile just how different the "powder towns" along the Powder Highway are from each other. KIMBERLEY - NELSON Take Kimberley and... Read More

Kootenay Winters: Why We Love Them

January 16, 2024

THE POWDER HIGHWAY Just the name alone conjures up images of steep, powder-filled alpine bowls, historic ski towns and residents united in their passion for the... Read More

Invermere's Whiteway: And All Things Winter

January 12, 2024

The Whiteway on Lake Windermere is the World's Longest Skating Path, a 30+ kilometres groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and connects... Read More

Our Kootenay Mountain Culture

January 11, 2024

It’s a chilly day in early January.  A cold winter snap whispers its solemn sound through the nearby trees. The mounds of snow piled up... Read More

Fat Tires on the Powder Highway

January 10, 2024

Winter is no longer just for skiing & snowboarding. An army of dedicated volunteers with an expanding quiver of trail grooming equipment, combined with epic... Read More

Toques & Plaid: Its Unique Vibe on BC's Powder Highway

January 9, 2024

There’s a sure-fire way to tell that winter has arrived in the Kootenays without looking at the weather. No, it’s not twinkle lights or the... Read More

Getting into Hot Water: Kootenay Hot Springs

January 5, 2024

Looking to add some serious pampering to your Kootenay Rockies road trip? Don't miss out on the incredible experience of visiting one (or more!) of... Read More

Sledding Events & Snowmobile Tours in the Kootenays

January 4, 2024

As the snow billows up over the hood of your machine, and you are hit in the face by a soft, cold powder, the sensation... Read More

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

January 3, 2024

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... Read More

Up the Ante: Powder Highway Cat & Heli Day Packages

January 2, 2024

Looking to go beyond the local ski resorts on your trip to the Powder Highway? Before embarking on a multi-day adventure, get a taste of... Read More

72 Hours in Rossland this Winter

December 29, 2023

Experience the renowned RED Mountain Resort with its legendary light, dry snow, and unparalleled tree skiing. Immerse yourself in the thrill of conquering the incredible... Read More

72 Hours in Revelstoke this Winter

December 28, 2023

Get ready for an unforgettable family ski/snowboard trip at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this winter! We've got you covered with some amazing local tips for family-friendly... Read More

72 Hours at Panorama Resort this Winter

December 27, 2023

Panorama Mountain Resort rises 1,300-m vertical (4,265 ft.) and has more than 1,214-hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain. It’s not until you reach the summit of... Read More

72 Hours in Nelson this Winter

December 26, 2023

Lakeside Nelson is the basecamp for Whitewater Ski Resort, one of best ski alpine resorts on the Powder Highway. Located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson reigns as a... Read More

72 Hours in Kimberley this Winter

December 22, 2023

Follow the Powder Highway to Kimberley's historic mountain & alpine community.  The Kimberley Alpine Resort is home to North America’s largest gladed terrain over 202... Read More

72 Hours in Golden this Winter

December 21, 2023

Visiting Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden this winter? This authentic Canadian mountain town, of Golden, is the perfect base for your next winter adventure. Here are... Read More

72 Hours in Fernie this Winter

December 20, 2023

Follow the Powder Highway to historic Fernie, home to Fernie Alpine Resort - with its five, legendary, powder-filled bowls. Enjoy the jam-packed days at this... Read More

72 Hours in the Columbia Valley this Winter

December 19, 2023

The Columbia Valley (including the communities of Canal Flats, Edgewater, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Panorama, Radium Hot Springs & Windermere) is one of the major... Read More

EV Powered Turns on a Powder Highway Road Trip

December 14, 2023

Quiet, ultra-efficient, and crazy fun to drive, electric vehicles, or EVs, are becoming a common sight at our ski resorts and Nordic clubs throughout the... Read More

Après-Ski Spring Events on the Powder Highway

December 13, 2023

A visit to the Powder Highway is a bucket-list experience, with so many mountains to ski/ride - you'll need to return again and again to... Read More

Our Kootenay Winter Celebrations: Along the Powder Highway

December 12, 2023

The Kootenay folks never shy away from the wintry chill. As the rest of the world may retreat indoors, we embrace the cold and turn... Read More

Nordic Ski Adventures & Events To Do this Winter

December 7, 2023

The term loppet (pronounced luu-pit) is a Scandinavian term that means either: a long distance nordic ski race or event, or a bunch of people... Read More

9 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Slopes

December 6, 2023

#1 – Ski/Ride within the Resort’s Boundaries and Follow all Posted Signs Regardless of your background as a skier or snowboarder, it is your responsibility to... Read More

Powder Highway 101

December 5, 2023

The POWDER HIGHWAY is the ultimate route to an unparalleled adventure! Situated in the captivating southeastern corner of British Columbia, affectionately known as the Kootenays,... Read More

Powder Fun on the Powder Highway

November 28, 2023

Get ready to have an amazing time in the stunning mountains, where you'll experience exhilarating POW that will leave your legs happily exhausted! And of... Read More

What's New on the Powder Highway?

November 21, 2023

As our champagne powder starts to blanket the peaks in the Kootenay Rockies, the mountains begin to lure us with their call. Along the Powder Highway,... Read More

5 Things To Do with the White Stuff in the Kootenays

November 16, 2023

In the Kootenays, we embrace winter with unwavering confidence and endless outdoor adventures. Hibernation is simply not in our vocabulary for residents and visitors alike.... Read More

Where to See the Best Winter Alpenglow in the Kootenays

November 14, 2023

The term alpenglow originates from the German word alpenglühen, which describes the rosy pink-red light on the skyline peaks at dawn and dusk. Some believe... Read More

Safety Tips for Your Powder Highway Road Trip

November 9, 2023

The Powder Highway's majestic mountains always command respect, regardless of the season. In the winter precision is key. Current road conditions, weather updates, on-mountain limited... Read More

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip

November 7, 2023

Join us as we venture off the beaten path and uncover the extraordinary in the Kootenay Rockies! Discover a variety of unique accommodations, from cozy... Read More

Waters of Wellness: Kootenay Hot Springs

October 31, 2023

It's truly enchanting how everything begins beneath the surface. The immense pressures and temperatures beneath the ground work their extraordinary magic on the flowing underground... Read More

Cozy Up in a Kootenay Cabin this Winter

October 24, 2023

Each welcoming Kootenay mountain community offers an array of unique bed & breakfasts, cabins/chalets, glamping experiences, retreats to cozy up in.  Relax by a roaring fire,... Read More

A Road Trip of a Lifetime: Kootenay Rockies Hot Springs

October 17, 2023

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embark on a scenic road trip through the breathtaking Kootenay Rockies. Explore our... Read More

Unique Local & Spooky Haunts in the Kootenays

October 10, 2023

In the month of October we have colourful inversions around the Kootenays, that showcase our golden larch trees and fall foliage peeking through the mist... Read More

Kootenay Coffee Road Trip: Meet the Locals

August 24, 2023

The sun isn't up yet, but you are. With all the vistas and adventures you want to see and do while on this Kootenay road... Read More

Little Known Fall Secret: Larch Tree Golden Transformation

August 22, 2023

Most people are familiar with the annual show put on by the maples of Eastern Canada, but the Kootenays have their own, equally stunning autumn... Read More

Where to See Wildlife in the Kootenay Rockies

August 15, 2023

As I pull my exhausted body up the last stretch of trail before ridgeline, I am overcome with the sensation of being watched.  I glance... Read More

Big Adventures in our Mountains

August 10, 2023

If you had to pick one defining feature that makes the Kootenays special, it would be hard to argue with our incredible mountain ranges -... Read More

Kootenay Fun Facts

July 13, 2023

Known as BC's Mountain Playground (in the southeast corner of British Columbia) we are renowned for natural, clean, uncrowded activities and experiences that reflect the... Read More

Pit Stops for a Kootenay Road Trip

July 11, 2023

The open road is calling to you and, being the adventure lover you are, you're all set to lay down tracks in British Columbia. You... Read More

Make the Most of Your Kootenay Rockies Getaway

July 6, 2023

Your bags are nearly packed, the kids are itching to go, and you're just about ready to begin your family vacation to your favourite Kootenay... Read More

Kootenay Legendary Summer Attractions

July 4, 2023

Out here in the Kootenay Rockies, the area is jam-packed with epic mountain biking & remote alpine hiking trails to brilliant blue waters of our... Read More

Camping and Glamping in the Kootenay Rockies

June 29, 2023

From just packing your clothes to packing up the entire vehicle, we have some great options for sleeping under the stars after you’ve shared your... Read More

Wet Your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Road Trip

June 27, 2023

The beauty of the Kootenays, in any season, is the opportunity to add a 'sip and savour' experiences to your stay! After spending the day... Read More

Kootenay Made

June 22, 2023

We have an abundance of delicious craft breweries, distilleries, cideries, meadery, wineries and coffee roasters in the region that offer some of the world's best refreshments. ... Read More

Accessible Trails in the Kootenay Rockies

June 20, 2023

Many thanks to all of the dedicated trail builders and volunteers, the Kootenays are full of world class trails for all abilities - adventures for... Read More

Quirky Attractions Only Found in the Kootenays

June 15, 2023

Only in the Kootenays will you find some of the most unique, historic, cultural attractions found in the world! These fascinating gems hold the key... Read More

4 Reasons to Drive BC's Hidden Route: The Slocan Valley

June 14, 2023

The road less travelled showcases some of the best attractions and activities in the Kootenays - as we venture off of the TransCanada Highway and... Read More

Sleep Under our Starry Skies in the Kootenay Rockies

June 13, 2023

You’ve spent the morning hiking up one of the mountain trails and the afternoon paddling the pristine waters of our local lakes.  Now, as the... Read More

Savouring the Kootenay Rockies this Summer

June 8, 2023

It goes without saying that every road trip needs fuel. Yes, we're talking about the fuel that powers you.  That morning 'cup of joe' that... Read More

Where to Experience the Great Outdoors

June 1, 2023

Experiencing the awe and wonder of our big beautiful vistas should be ‘a must’ for everyone visiting the Kootenay Rockies.  And we do deliver these... Read More

Beach Vacations in the Kootenay Rockies

May 30, 2023

The Canadian Rockies and Columbias (Purcells, Selkirks, and Monashees) form the breathtaking backdrop for the Kootenay Rockies. These majestic mountain ranges (and subranges) are matched... Read More

Escape to the Mountains

May 25, 2023

Slip off your shoes, stoke the fire, and settle in for an evening of relaxation at one of the Kootenay's secluded mountain getaways. Tuck yourself... Read More

Where to Learn More About the Ktunaxa's Rich History

May 23, 2023

The pristine rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains of the Kootenay Rockies region are primarily the traditional territory of... Read More

Top 5 Kootenay Rockies Road Trips

May 18, 2023

The Kootenay Rockies region in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada is epically known as BC's Mountain Playground. And, we offer some of the... Read More

Glamping in the Kootenays Rockies

May 17, 2023

Glamping: if you haven't heard of the trend that took off several years ago, let's get you clued in.    Glamorous camping = glamping.   The term doesn't... Read More

We Are All Connected

May 16, 2023

With over 10,000 years of documented archeological history, a language that is a rare linguistic isolate unrelated to any other language, as well as an... Read More

Easy Kootenay Hikes: To 360 Degree Vista Views

May 4, 2023

To aspire to hike to the top of Fisher Peak (2,845 m/9,335 ft.) near Cranbrook, Mt. Begbie (2,733 m/8,967 ft.) in Revelstoke, and Mt. Burgess... Read More

Connect with the Indigenous Culture in the Kootenay Rockies

May 2, 2023

Q̓api Ktunaxa Sukiⱡq̓ukni kin wamiⱡkiⱡ ʔamakʔis / All Ktunaxa are happy you are here - Welcome Venturing through the mountains and valleys of the Kootenay Rockies,... Read More

Easy Pedal & Roll Adventures: Kootenay Rails to Trails

April 27, 2023

Rewind 135+ years ago to a time when British Columbia was lured into joining Canada with a promise of a transcontinental railway. In 1880, the... Read More

Outdoor Adventures: Unique to the Kootenays

April 26, 2023

This summer, challenge yourself to experience the Kootenays Rockies in unexpected ways. While the quality of our hiking & biking experiences are well known, there are... Read More

Hidden Waterfalls in the Kootenays

April 25, 2023

These awe-inspiring views of water frothing and churning in mossy canyons is a natural state wonder!  In the art (or adventure) of chasing waterfalls, the... Read More

Everything is Local

April 18, 2023

In the Kootenay Rockies, residents and visitors alike share our mountain playground. Work and play is a must with our tourism providers. While out exploring... Read More

Planning Your Kootenay Summer-Fall Road Trip

April 13, 2023

Imagine cruising down an open highway, windows rolled down - enjoying the crisp mountain air. In front of you, breathtaking views of the our epic... Read More

Guided Paddle Adventures in the Kootenays

April 11, 2023

When the summer temperatures skyrocket and you find yourself drawn to wide-open lakes and the flow of the rivers, the Kootenay Rockies are here waiting... Read More

Family-Friendly Backcountry Adventures in the Kootenays

April 6, 2023

Memories are made in the mountains. And there’s no better place to spend time with your family and make new memories than in one of... Read More

Craving the Refreshing Flavours of the Kootenays

April 5, 2023

Does the warm summer sun leave you craving the refreshing taste of a cold craft beer on a shaded lakeside patio?  Does your perfect vacation... Read More

Multi-generational Family Hiking in the Kootenays

April 4, 2023

Dust off Grandpa’s old hiking boots and pick up a pair for the kids.  There’s no better place for a family hiking trip than the... Read More

Golf our Mountain Playground

March 30, 2023

Pack up the clubs, lace up the golf shoes and hit the links with your family or friends at one of the Kootenay's many fine... Read More

Kootenay Ambassadors: Mindful Explorers

March 28, 2023

It's that picture-perfect Kootenay day.  The sun's rays filter through the forest, alpine lake shimmers with the gentle waves of the breeze.  In the distance,... Read More

Keeping the Kootenays Natural

March 23, 2023

We all love the Kootenay Rockies for its unique towns, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle. But what sets the Kootenays apart is the incredible access... Read More

Stewards of the Land: Positive Effects

March 21, 2023

Becoming protectors of nature ensures future generations will enjoy all of the region's natural attributes. Stewardship is our collective responsibility to retain the quality and... Read More

Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks

March 16, 2023

We come by our beauty naturally with BIG mountains - the Canadian Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and the Monashees and vast valleys in-between these ancient mountain... Read More

Get Informed - Before your Wild Adventure in the Kootenays

March 14, 2023

Proper planning, prevents poor performance. This timeless adage is as relevant to our precious holiday time as it is to a job interview or workplace. ... Read More

The Indigenous Connection to Our Natural Hot Springs

September 27, 2022

Q̓api Ktunaxa Sukiⱡq̓ukni kin wamiⱡkiⱡ ʔamakʔis / All Ktunaxa are happy you are here - Welcome There is nothing quite like the feeling of 'discovering' something... Read More

4 Quirky Communities along Kootenay Lake

September 1, 2022

One unique fact about Kootenay Lake is it never completely freezes in the winter, so at any time during the year, you could enjoy typical... Read More

Fly Fishing the Elk River

August 30, 2022

The burble of the water rippling around your waders.  The rhythmic trance of the cast.  The satisfaction of the perfect presentation. The anticipation as you... Read More

Rewarding Play: Golfing the Kootenay Rockies

August 23, 2022

If you want dramatic mountain golf, the Kootenay Rockies is your golf destination. The many spectacular courses are all about mountain views, elevation changes, rugged... Read More

Cast a Line: Fishing on the Rivers & Lakes in the Kootenays

August 18, 2022

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a remote stretch of river, fly rod in hand, evening sun glistening off the ripples of the water. ... Read More

Best Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

August 11, 2022

There's a certain feeling that you get from summiting a peak. Whether it's a quick stroll to gain a 360° view or a physical feat... Read More

Scaling Kootenay Heights

August 4, 2022

Are you up for a challenge? Good - the Kootenays are ready for you, too. From mountain biking to white-water kayaking, all throughout this mountainous... Read More

Paddling Adventures in the Kootenays

July 19, 2022

From canoeing to whitewater kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, water has a natural pull on us humans -- probably owing to it having that whole... Read More

Sunshine Houseboats & Marina: Waterpark

July 12, 2022

A one of a kind experience in the Kootenay's, Sunshine Houseboats' floating waterpark is a day trip like no other. Climbing, balancing, sliding and jumping... Read More

Kootenay Mountain Music Festivals

June 21, 2022

You move to the rhythm, keeping time with the persistent, resonating thump. Lights scan from overhead; tie-dyed shirts and bright beach balls are highlights of... Read More

Colossal Things to See & Do in the Kootenays

June 9, 2022

The Kootenays hold colossal secrets -- the kind that end in a discovery you'll want to share. And while some of the secrets listed below... Read More

Laid-Back Kootenays: Wellness Getaways

May 13, 2022

With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, taking time out for ourselves is more important than ever.  Lucky for you, the Kootenay Rockies... Read More

Adventures for All: Accessible & Adaptive Sports Road Trip

April 26, 2022

No matter your comfort level or dream destination, there are plenty of ways to begin your adventure. The Kootenay Rockies' operators offers a wide variety... Read More

Forest Therapy: Replenish your Spirit and Reawaken your Soul

April 21, 2022

We’ve all done it – briskly walking the trails, focusing on the destination rather than the journey. We strive to make it to the viewpoint... Read More

Follow the Trail: Kootenay Hiking Adventures

March 22, 2022

Some of the most spectacular Kootenay landscapes are also some of the most fragile.  In  high alpine basins and on soaring ridges vegetation clings to... Read More

A Golden Triangle Road Trip

October 7, 2021

If your idea of a Sunday drive includes scenic highways and the occasional bird-call, it's time to take it to the wilds; Kootenay Rockies-style. Shift... Read More

Sculpture Capital of Canada: Castlegar, BC

August 17, 2021

With a population that is 7,000 strong, the community of Castlegar harbours a deeply rooted desire to nurture burgeoning artists, all while encouraging enthusiasts to... Read More

Kootenay Rockies: Farm to Fork

June 17, 2021

With the support of consumers and chefs who are dedicated to buying local ingredients whenever possible, farm-to-fork is what locals and visitors crave. Whether you live... Read More

The Power of Horses: Trail Riding in the Kootenays

May 13, 2021

There is something magical about spending time outside, connecting with nature, trekking on horseback down dusty sun scorched trails. As the horse picks its way... Read More

Our Kootenay Spirits

April 22, 2021

Farm to table with a little kick, the increasing number of new Kootenay distilleries are making their home in the Kootenays.  And why not, our... Read More

Celebrating 100+ Years in Kootenay National Park

April 13, 2021

This national park that connects Radium Hot Springs to Banff, turned 100 on April 21, 2020.  The park began as eight kilometres (5 mi) of... Read More

Tips: How to be a Safe & Responsible Traveller

March 23, 2021

Thank you for visiting. While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have... Read More

Kootenay Farmers' Markets

March 18, 2021

The taste of honey still warm from the hive, the happy racket of a friendly crowd and the tangy scent of fresh sourdough joyfully bombard... Read More

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