Come celebrate the beginning of longer days and shorter nights with a community solstice celebration at the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kaslo River. The Trailblazers Society is your host. On Saturday December 20, the annual event begins at 4 pm with a lantern walk from the Railroad Ave trailhead. You may also join the party by parking at the New Denver Highway 31A trailhead, about 1 km west of Kaslo, and walking a short trail to the beautiful covered bridge. The bridge will...

 

The Kaslo & District Community Forest Society and the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society host a terrific outdoor community party complete with giant puppets, human dogsled races for charity, cross country skiing fun races, a four on four hockey tournament, fire-making and swede sawing contests, and music and storytelling by the bonfire. Homemade soups will be served along with hotdogs, and you can toast your own bannock over the fire. Finish your outdoor lunch by twirling...

 

The Kaslo arena, on Arena Avenue, comes alive during the winter months! You can catch a minor hockey game just about any weekend. Oldtimers, Dinosaurs, gentlemen’s and women’s team all call Kaslo arena home. Public skating is offered Fridays 7 – 9 pm and Sundays 2 – 4 pm, $2/person, $5/family. For game schedules or drop-in hockey opportunities, visit kasloarena.tripod.com – or email HockeyInKaslo75@yahoo.ca...

 

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks always score big each season, often becoming champions. Fans say the best hockey in the Kootenays takes place at the Beaver Valley Arena. Put on a jersey and check out a home game.

 

Dec 12 Fri 7:30 pm vs Sicamous

Dec 16 Tue 7:00 pm vs Spokane

Dec 29 Mon 7:30 pm vs Castlegar

Dec 30 Tue 7:30 pm vs Nelson

Jan 2 Fri 7:30 pm vs Revelstoke

Jan 4 Sun 1:00 pm vs Spokane

Jan 10 Sat 7:30 pm vs Grand...

 

Beaver Valley has a great ski-trail network with 5 miles (8 km) of easy to advanced ski trails in the gently rolling hills of the Bonnington Range. The Beaver Valley Cross-Country Ski Club in Fruitvale maintains the trails, many of which are groomed. The trailhead is located about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Fruitvale. Follow the paved road to Champion Lakes Provincial Park west of Hwy 3B and watch for signs just before the park boundary. For a more extended trip, try the...

 

With snowmobiles getting ever lighter and more maneuverable, previously unattainable slopes are now possible. The Beaver Mountain Snowmobile Association was created for winter adventurers looking for ever higher area, and also for locals who just enjoy getting outside with the family. It’s an active group which has taken on the challenge of finding the best places to ride in the mountains skirting the Beaver Valley. 

If you are looking for good advice on...

 

The Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre Society is a non-profit society and the school district sold the building to the Village of Salmo for $1. Building saved! Now the real work could begin.

The centre is well used and well supported by residents in Salmo and area. Every day there is something going on, from the Mother Goose children’s group to step aerobics to youth writing groups. Grab your skateboard or your gym shorts and check out what’s...

 

 If you’re looking for a fun family ski experience, Salmo has a great local hill just 2 km south of town on Highway 3. Salmo Ski Hill is a volunteer-run enterprise that is a well-deserved source of community pride. With friendly staff, incredible scenery and great winter temperatures, the hill is really a must-do. Amp up the experience by skiing at night on fully lit runs. 

Enjoy a wide variety of skiing opportunities suitable for all skill levels. There...

 As soon as the temperature dips a bit, it’s hockey time in Creston. The home team is has plenty of fan support and one of the best arenas in the Kootenays. While in Creston, see if there’s a home game on.                                                            

Dec 16 Tue 7:30 pm vs Kimberley

Dec 31 Wed 7:30...

 

Creston is home to an enthusiastic snowmobiling community. The Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club works hard to grow its membership and its trail systems. With a fun, family vibe, this club is dedicated to keeping the sport alive in the area.

Char Creek Cabin Trail: Although not groomed, the Char Creek Cabin Trail is a favourite outing for sledders. The deactivated logging road turned snowmobile trail is located about 50 km up the Salmo Creston Pass on the left hand side....

 

A New Year’s Day plunge in the lake is not everybody’s cup of tea…brrrr. Balfour decided to nix the polar bear swim and go fishing instead. The locals hold this derby annually – just register at Gill and Gift and throw $20 in the hat. The fisherman catching the longest Dolly and the one who caught the longest rainbow will split the cash. Everyone is welcome to join in with the folks in Balfour.

 

 

Coldsmoke is the label given to the lightest, driest snow on the mountain. Whitewater Ski Resort provides this in abundance and skiers revel in its glory.

At the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest, top athletes from far and wide join the festival to pass on their knowledge and experience at clinics offered throughout the three day event. Classes from beginner to advanced levels are held to teach you skills like route finding, off-piste ski stylings, avalanche training, and...

 

The Nelson & District Community Complex is your action-packed centre for inside fun! There are three swimming pools including a tot pool with water features, a water slide, hot tub, sauna, steam room and a full range of water aerobics classes. Hot areas as well as at least half the Leisure or Shallow pool are available to the public during all hours of operation. Lap swimming is also open to the public during all hours of operation except during special events....

 

High Terrain Helicopters have been serving the West Kootenays since 1992. Their services are vast ... from aerial photography to seismic support. Undoubtedly the best use of their services is to get dropped on top of a mountain with your snowshoes or skis, boots and poles - and then meet HTH at the bottom for another ride to the top. With the Kootenays as our backyard, there isn’t a limit on the kind of adventure you can have. here.

They know their mountains and...

 

Experience the beauty of the deep woods as you enjoy the rhythm of your stride, your breath and the sound of your skis on the crisp snow, like brushes lightly swishing a snare drum. Find all of this only 10 minutes south of Nelson across from the Whitewater Ski Hill Road where you will find over 28 km of groomed trails unrivalled for their natural beauty and variety. 

The well marked trails, rated beginner to expert, meander through marsh, meadow and old growth...