Kimberley BC, my home town with incredible skiing and world class mountain biking. Definitely not on the top 5 places to ski or ride in BC, yet…
We moved to Kimberley 3 years ago and have loved every minute of it. Like many small towns in BC it’s an ex mining town with a rich history and very bright future. The town has definitely seen it’s ups and downs and a transformation from the “Bavarian City” to a more updated mountain town. To start, Kimberley has it’s local ski hill, Kimberley Alpine Resort, right in town. If you live within City limits you are no more than a 10 minute drive from the hill. The ski hill itself is a sleeping beauty. Lineups are almost no existent and the skiing is second to none. Kimberley does not have a high alpine but does boast the most and some of the best tree skiing in North America… I would tend to agree. The “Front Side” consists of nice long green and blue runs, great tree skiing, and the “main” run which is open for night skiing Thursday to Saturday. It’s also the longest lit ski run for night skiing in North America. The “Back Side” consists of some green and blue but with more black runs. Long sustained pitches flanked by amazing tree skiing. For the locals there is definitely some great ski touring/sled skiing around along with some easy access side country off the resort. In short this small resort (comparatively to other larger BC resorts) packs a big punch, and is a great bang for your buck. There is a lot of accommodation options on and off the hill.
Mountain Biking in Kimberley is, well, amazing. I’ve been fortunate to ride all over North America and this town has it all. It’s not the North Shore or Nelson but has recently developed the Bootleg Mountain trails which are fantastic for those who like to step it with some fast flowy downhill, accompanied by wicked single track all within the same shuttle area.. Or climbing routes as I like to pedal up. Add to this miles of single track in the Kimberley Nature Park, Kimberley Nordic Centre, and the Louise Creek Trails. If you possibly get bored with these trails you can head 20 minutes south to Cranbrook and hit their community forest and/or Baker mountain trails for endless trails both XC and downhill. And then there is Invermere and Fernie both an hour away and both lift access downhill parks, not to mention their own amazing single track. So you can see Kimberley is my mountain biking heaven. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the 26 km “rails to trails”. A paved bike and hike trail from Kimberley to Cranbrook..I’ll write more detailed blogs on skiing and biking in the near future. If you have any questions feel free to ask at Scott@bikenski.com
This really just scratches the surface of Kimberley and a very brief outline of our amazing town. Kimberley hosts a tone of summer and winter events for the weekend warriors to world class athletes. There is a very vibrant arts and music culture in town as well. The vibe here in Kimberley is very much alive for young and old alike. Many who’ve had the option to live anywhere and work from home have chosen this little slice of heaven. Great restaurants, boutique shopping and delicious coffee shops. It’s a great place to raise kids, retire, or just come visit for the weekend. People from far an wide are starting to take notice, and so they should. Stay tuned for more great blogs about our amazing town, or hey, just come see for yourself.