Best Outdoor Winter Activities in the Columbia Valley

December 16, 2020

The Columbia Valley is an Outdoor Playground Like No Other

When the snow flies and ice forms in the Columbia Valley, it’s time to head outdoors. Shush down the hills at Panorama Mountain Resort and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, both offer lessons for snowboarding and downhill skiing.

Panorama Resort Embrace Winter Package

If Nordic skiing is more your speed, the 20-kilometer Panorama Nordic network. The 12-kilometer loop to Hale Hut warming cabin makes a great day trip. Or, head further north to Nipika Mountain Resort and enjoy the large and varied trail network.


The Whiteway Lake Windermere

Skaters can tour the world’s longest skating path on the  Lake Windermere Whiteway across the frozen lake or try a smaller venue at Lillian Lake. The Whiteway is also a great place to cross-country ski or skate ski on the groomed track. Keep an eye out for annual events including the Snowflake Festival & Curling Bonspiel in January!

Snowshoeing can be done wherever there’s enough snow, but be sure to check on avalanche conditions before heading backcountry. Panorama has four kilometers of snowshoe trails for people without avalanche skills.


Cold weather fishers flock to Lake Windermere for ice fishing. Even if you don’t fish, you will enjoy the festival atmosphere among the huts on the lake’s west side with ice fishing shacks throughout. If you’re interested in testing the waters, check out Revolutions Adventures for ice shack rentals!


And don’t forget at the end of your active day outdoors to soak in the mineral springs at Radium Hot Springs or Fairmont Hot Springs. Winter’s never looked so delightful!


Panorama Mountain Resortsnow tubing
Invermere Whiteway
Snowshoe Trails
Pond Hockey Tournament
Bonspiel on the Lake
Radium Hot Springs

At the end of the day, warm up with a soak in one of our hot springs, enjoy a great meal and don’t forget to tag us when sharing your images on your social media channels.

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