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.
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.
Skaters can tour the world’s longest skating path on the Invermere Whiteway across Lake Windermere or try a smaller venue at Lillian Lake. The Whiteway is also a great place to cross-country ski and there are bonspiels near Kinsmen Beach if you want to warm up or watch from the sidelines.
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 like 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.
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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