Skiing ends in Kimberley; does golf begin?

Bootleg and Kimberley courses target April 18; Trickle Creek, May 9

As most Kimberley residents are aware, the ski season comes to a close this weekend with Spring Splash festivities at Kimberley Alpine Resort.

A lot is planned for the weekend at KAR, including the sold out Dirtbag Fest on Friday at the conference centre, the splash pool on Saturday, the Dummy Downhill Sunday, and lots of great, live music.

There have been years in the past when Kimberleyites were able to boast that they skied one day and golfed the next.

This year will not be one of them. The earliest anyone will be walking the fairways of any of Kimberley’s three courses is April 18 — maybe.

Kimberley Golf Club is planning an April 18 opening, but they advise golfers to stay tuned because with spring in Kimberley anything can happen.

“Our target date is April 18,” said KGC’s Tom Vold. “How likely is that? With the forecast, we might make it.

“You look at some of the snow banks and you say, no way. Then you look up number nine and say, yeah, we could do this.”

You can keep up with the latest at kimberleygolfclub.com.

Trevor Simkins, general manager at Bootleg Gap, says they are planning for April 18 as well, but it might have to be pushed back to the 25th.

“There is still quite a bit of snow to melt. We’ve lost quite a bit over the last few days but warmer weather would help. Some rain would even help,” he said. “We will likely make the call next Monday.”

Keep up with the latest at bootleggapgolf.com.

The Trickle Creek course on North Star Mountain has a ways to go with melting, aiming at an opening day of May 9. However, they are taking bookings now at tricklecreek.com and are also offering their Golf More card, with savings of up to $49 per round.