From February 19 to 21st, the 10th annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest returns for another epic exploration of powder. It’s a chance to get waist deep in some backcountry pow with some of the best of the best skiing and coaching you. It’s a chance to really push yourself and try something called a Randonné — Yes, that’s right, a Randonné. It sounds like some fancy ballet move to me, but apparently, it’s a gruelling form of skiing up, then down…then back up and down again. This institution of a race now comes in several flavours, too, so there’s something for everyone. If you feel like pushing yourself to the absolute limit, you can — There’s an “Open Course” with 5112 metres of vertical gain. But if you’re less so inclined (get it?), there’s the “recreational course” with a gain of only around 3000 metres. And there are tag teams as well.
The Randonné is only one of many competitions that weekend. The website is chock full of all the options, including the King and Queen, Slopestyle, and Olympics. Check out the full range of competitive options on the site. There is really something for everyone, so don’t hold back. Check it out and join in!
Celebrate the Culture Through Coldsmoke Clinics
Of course, the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest is, above all, a festival of Kootenay culture. The vibe is high: everyone is out for a good time and to have fun in the snow. That energy translates into the clinics as well. Though you’ll challenge yourself and learn a ton, you’ll be among friends. Learning through intense play as you ski with some of the best skiers, including Trace Cooke, who recently placed second in the Swatch World Tour at Chamonix and Verbier. His coaches, Dano Slater and Peter Velisek are also coaching clinics, as well as names like Eric Pehota, who has never missed a Coldsmoke and comes to us from Pemberton, BC, where he lives with his family.
Or Just Celebrate: It’s Ultimately a Party Celebrating What We Love Best
Start it off Friday night with a film festival at the Nelson Civic Theatre, with the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour. This is going to be a great kick start to a stellar weekend, so for $20, you can get yourself ready for the weekend to come, with an epic blast of all that is Kootenay. Saturday evening, enjoy a “Buff-Eh” at the Whitewater lodge with dinner, cocktails and lots of great door prizes.
Take Some Time to Take in All That is Kootenay Lake
Mid-winter is one of the best times to visit us. We’re a fully four-season area, so winter brings snow, ice and all the gorgeousness that the season provides. Most of the activity during the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest happens at Whitewater ski resort, so the best place to stay is of course Nelson, a mere 20 minutes away and with daily shuttles. Take a look at the great deals we offer and come stay and play with us this winter!