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BC’s Interior has all the perfect ingredients for a family ski holiday, with champagne powder, a huge range of winter activities, and plenty of bluebird days.
Travelling with little ones? Create memories on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or enjoy a marshmallow roast under the stars. Let your teens challenge themselves on a snowmobile ride, or by climbing a tower of ice. And parents can unwind at one of the many Okanagan Valley wineries that stay open year-round.
Kelowna is the biggest city in the region, and Big White is located just southeast of town. More than half of the runs here are for intermediate skiers, and non-skiers have a ton of options. Watch little faces light up on a dogsledding adventure, or as they slide downhill in the tube park. Snowmobiles are available for all sizes, with special mini snowmobiles for kids. And you can’t leave without tackling the 18-metre (60-foot) ice climbing tower.
Venture into Kelowna for a dash of culture and some locally sourced meals, paired with award-winning wines produced in and around the city. Want to take a break from the snow and dedicate a day to food and drink? Consider a guided tour so you can benefit from local knowledge, and leave the driving to someone else. Visit on December 8-9, 2017 for the annual Big Reds and Big White event, where the wine comes to you.
Travel northeast to Vernon and SilverStar to take advantage of their all-inclusive lift ticket, the first one of its kind offered in Canada. In addition to 132 runs spread out over four distinct mountain faces, skiers and boarders also get unlimited access to 55 kilometres (34 miles) of Nordic trails, snowshoe trails, the resort’s tube park, ice skating, and fat bike trails.
Still have energy for more? SilverStar offers snowmobiles sized for both kids and adults, and wineries in nearby Lake Country are a wonderful way to break up the winter fun.
Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops is another mecca for family fun. From a cosy pedestrian village base, the resort offers everything from horse-drawn carriage rides to dogsledding excursions. Sun Peaks is known for its light, dry powder and its amazing tree skiing, and it boasts an enormous top-to-bottom terrain park.
The quaint ski-in/ski-out village at Apex, 30 minutes from Penticton, is another base for family adventure in the Okanagan Valley. This hidden gem gets six metres (19 feet) of perfect powder each year, and activities here include a tube park, terrain parks, snowshoe trails, and 56 cross-country skiing trails. Play a pick-up game of hockey on the NHL-sized outdoor rink, or glide through the trees on the resort’s 1-km (o.6-mi) Adventure Skating Loop.
Be sure to spend some time in pretty Penticton, situated between Okanagan and Skaha lakes. Nearby wineries include some heavy hitters along the renowned Naramata Bench, and the city has some excellent craft breweries you won’t want to miss.
Alpine resorts are bordered by uncontrolled wilderness areas. Respect the boundary lines and don’t ski out of bounds. Make sure you know the Alpine Responsibility Code and learn about the danger of tree wells. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.
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