The base at Kimberley Aline Resort Thursday

The base at Kimberley Aline Resort Thursday

Big weekend at Kimberley Alpine Resort

Mayhem rail jam, snowshoe/fondue, winter market, 54 runs open

It is a very strange winter of 2015 in Kimberley, and indeed across the province, as warm temperatures continue.

But don’t give up on skiing, says RCR VP Matt Mosteller, as conditions are pretty good at the Kimberley Alpine Resort.

“We are full steam ahead and fortunate for our significant investment in lower mountain snowmaking and summer ski trail work, which makes a huge difference,” Mosteller said.

“We have 54 ski runs open, top to bottom skiing and all lifts operating this weekend. We had 26 cm of new this week and a bunch of amazing events planned.”

This will be a busy weekend as it is Alberta Family Day, which traditionally sees a big influx of visitors to Kimberley.

Plenty of events have been planned.

On Saturday, a family slalom is planned for 1 p.m. at the T-bar, and all kinds of games and prizes all day, including prizes for wearing a hockey jersey. It’s Hockey Day in Canada.

It’s also rail jam day and the Winter Mayhem Rail Jam goes off at the Resort base at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m. All ages welcome, but if you are under 16 you need a parental signature.

The Kimberley Alpine Team’s silent auction is on all day in the Stemwinder, a fundraiser to support the local racing team.

Saturday is Valentine’s Day and a  Valentine’s Day Snowshoe Fondue Tour is being offered. Enjoy a 45 minute romantic snowshoe tour through the forest at the top of the North Star Express to the Kootenay House. Then enjoy the view while indulging in hot chocolate fondue. Or you can forego the snowshoeing and head straight for the chocolate at the Couple’s Mountain Top Chocolate Fondue. Enjoy the view from the Kootenay House while indulging in chocolate Fondue. This trip includes a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and a short stroll to the cabin.

On Sunday, February 15, check out all the vendors at the Kimberley Winter Market at the Conference Centre.