- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Pros: No waits. Great community. Nice town. Beautiful weather.
Cons: No jumps.
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2008
I lived in Kimberley through the 2008 season starting from December 29th till the hill closed in late March. I had never ski or snowboarded before and decided to take up snowboarding. The people that live there are amazing and as warm and inviting as the beautiful mountain weather. Being from Manitoba it was an absolute pleasure to have spent a winter in a place that rarely drops below -10 degrees celcius. There was a point in March where it was too warm and it actually rained for a couple days, making the snow conditions less than desirable. However the day after the hill closed I had the pleasure to go out on the staff day when all it did all day was snow, snow and snow some more... it was a shame the hill would not be open the next day or any other day after that. I address that because I noticed a revue that complained about the rain and terrible conditions in March. It's too bad they had that kind of luck because the good snow days far outweighed the bad... even in March.
There were runs that were easy to learn on and even after upping my skill level significantly there were still runs beyond my comfort level so to say. I absolutely loved going down the runs All Over which transitioned into Caper and back to the chair lift.
As busy as it got at the hill there seemed to be very little to no waiting and no run ever seemed even slightly crowded. If you're not bringing your own equipment I would highly advise people to try and get their rental equipment out either very early in the morning (8:00 or so) or try and get it the night prior as the rental shop is at its least rush (Keep in mind the rental shop closes at around 5:00 most nights).
Thursdays - Saturday (Or was it Sunday) there's night skiing and most often than not there's also live music in the Stemwinder bar located at the base of the hill. It's a lot of fun to enjoy a few pints with the other tourists and locals. If that doesn't quite do it for you there's also a couple gems downtown called The Edge and Legends. They also have live music and a friendly atmosphere. If you're looking for something to eat and willing to spend a few coins to do it I recommend The Village Bistro (Try the Butter Chicken) and/or Legends (Upstairs). If it's quality pub food and heaping portions for a great price than make sure to check out The Sullivan (The Sully!). There's a great Thai Chicken Pizza at The Stemwinder and also at the base of the hill is a Kelsey's with a lounge.
I miss the place but most importantly it's inhabitants. Should you get lucky to know a few around the hill I'm sure they won't hesitate to let you in on a little secret called the Sun Pit which is found near one of the summits of the hill. Great place to relax, have a drink and make new friends. Feel free to contact me for any information regarding the hill or the great town of Kimberley. Rajaat@hotmail.com