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Kimberley

Kimberley Ski Resort Guide

Kimberley, Canada

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length76km
Highest Lift1,980m
Resort Height1,230m
 Nearest AirportCanadian Rockies
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Kimberley

Full service ski-in resort located 2.5km (1.5 miles) from the 'Bavarian' town of Kimberley with its additional amenities. The resort offers a ticket refund if skiers don't like the conditions after up to an hour on the slopes. There are 3km (2 miles) of floodlit cross country skiing trails.

Summary

The Canadian ski resort of Kimberley is in the Canadian Rockies at an altitude of 1,230m, with 76km of marked runs.

Kimberley has direct access to 76km of downhill skiing, with 67 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Kimberley?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Kimberley.

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Ski Area Stats

Kimberley Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
47
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
22
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
76km
Cross Country
Total Length
33km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
7

Altitudes

Kimberley Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,980m
Lowest Piste1,230m
Resort Altitude (Kimberley)1,230m
Max Vertical750m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Kimberley
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Kimberley Overview

Kimberley ski resort is a full service ski-in resort located 2.5km (1.5 miles) - or a five minute drive - from the 'Bavarian' town of Kimberley with its additional amenities. The ski area has improved dramatically in the past few years with modern lifts, a big terrain expansion (more than 50%) and the creation of a base village. The original town of Kimberley is a now vibrant former mining-town with a rather surreal feel to it, thanks to the strong onus on Bavarian Germany in some of the bars, restaurants and shops. The crowning glory is Canada's largest Cuckoo clock.

The ski resort is jointly owned (with about half a dozen other ski areas) by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies group, the relative proximity of Fernie and Kimberley (90 minutes drive apart) in the south East corner of British Columbia, has led to several UK tour operators offering the two as a joint package (rapidly expanding Intrawest resort Panorama and Big Mountain, south of the border in Montana, are all in the vicinity too, if you have transport).

Skiing

Kimberley has a reputation for light dry powder and has built some fast new chair lifts and increased facilities at the base of their slopes.

Kimberley's 1800 acres of skiable terrain has expanded dramatically over the last few years up to 50 percent more ski area. There are many long, open gentle fall-line runs, often coated with fluffy Purcell Powder. There are also long runs for more advanced skiers, and some of the best bumps in North America. Off piste opportunities include floating in and out of glades with the entire backside, although just around the corner from civilization, feeling like an isolated wilderness of powder snow fun.

From the top of the Easter triple chair the long green Caper trail (39) to the left or the Ridgeway (38) to the right each take you to the starts of over a dozen blacks which cut through then rejoin the same easy greens they left. The Easter Bowl on the backside of the mountain that is best known for its steep fall line runs, big moguls and long lasting powder stashes.

Night skiing is available several evenings a week.

Kimberley and Fernie are 90 minutes apart, share common ownership and an interchangeable lift ticket.

The Kimberley Nordic Club trail network consists of a variety of double track set trails of varying degrees of difficulty and length, complete with centre skating lanes. There are also a variety of single track set secondary trails and a 3.3 kilometer lit loop for night skiing. The Kimberley Nordic Club trails, located by Kimberley Alpine Resort consist of 26 km of trails. There are also a variety of single track set secondary trails and a 3.3 kilometer lit loop for night skiing.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

RCR Rail Park has a variety of features for all levels. A total of 16 features exist in the park with a mix of rails, boxes and bars to choose from!

Location and Map

Where is Kimberley?

This ski resort is in the Canadian Rockies in East Kootenay, British Columbia.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Kimberley is Canadian Rockies, 29 minutes drive away.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts are able to uplift 10,012 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 5 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Kimberley open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Kimberley, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Kimberley Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Kimberley

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Aprés Ski

Kimberley's base nightlife includes Kelsey's Bar + Grill and the Stemwinder Bar + Grill, both offering apre's food and drink as well as live music on weekends.

Sullivan's Pub has live entertainment every weekend - daily specials, free pool and darts. The Ozone - in the heart of Kimberley has the village's wildest night life - drink specials and live entertainment.

Marysville Pub & Grill, five minutes from the village centre offers pool and darts plus weekly draws.

Kimberley