A quiet, sunny and easygoing resort, less than half an hour from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, Kimberley’s fabulous for families. The mountain resort has an excellent ski school, slopeside accommodation and extra features like the family ice rink (complete with a fire pit for s’mores) and the warming hut above the above North Star Express Lift. Look out for special lift pass deals as in recent seasons, under-fives have been able to ski for free.
Complete beginners can conquer the basics in the Owl learning area before hopping on the Northstar Express to enjoy the slopes. Northstar Mountain’s a dream for those on their first couple of weeks skiing, covered in blues and greens (with a few black diamonds and double diamonds to keep anyone more advanced entertained). Sprogs will love the Minute Maid Adventure Trail and the ‘Easy Way Down’ green lets even nervous skiers enjoy the run back to resort. For those with more confidence on the white stuff: Vimy Ridge, Tamarack Ridge and the Black Forest all have a superb network of black trails, there’s a new rail park and if Mother Nature’s been good to you, there should be tonnes of that legendary Purcell powder.
The Wildhorse Woods Kidz Korner provides childcare for tots up to 6 years old, with lunch and lessons thrown in if need be. Their usual thrice weekly kid’s evenings allow parents some adult time, while sprogs make friends and enjoy things like crafts, games and films. If you all want to learn and improve together on the slopes, the Telus Winter Sports School often run Family Clinics, while evening family activities include ice skating, bowling and trips to the cinema.