Travel Looking for an action-packed family vacation that is sure to please everyone? B.C.’s mountain resorts are the place to be.
You’re sure to never hear... I’m bored! Indoor rock climbing, movie nights, ice skating, tube parks, and horse drawn sleigh rides, and much more. Make your winter vacation perfect by checking out the family fun activities at these 10 top resorts.
Fernie Alpine Resort
With Griz Kidz, your family ski vacation can be much more than great skiing. This fun-filled program will get your kids excited and active with a weekly schedule of activities. Pizza and movie nights, craft nights, and themed programming — there’s something to interest everyone.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
When you’ve finished your day on the slopes, kick off those boots and lace up your skates. Skating in the village is the perfect way to spend the evening. A fire pit, warming hut, and great music make the experience even better.
Want a memorable experience for you and your teenage children? Then you’ll want to experience Sun Peak’s fondue dinner and evening descent. After a delicious dinner ski down to the village along a five mile lantern lit slope.
Children of all ages will love Silver Star, but those aged 6-12 (and under 100lbs) will get a blast out of the resort’s mini snowmobiles. The little ones will be safe riding in a fenced track, while under the watchful eye of resort staff.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
When kids just want some kid time, the place to be is Kids ROC, in the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre. A place for young snow school participants during the day, it’s loads of fun in the evenings. Fun play structures, crafts, and games, your kids will never want to leave.
Whitewater offers lots of activities for the family throughout the season, but you might want to consider a visit in mid-January when the resort hosts its 5th annual Winter Carnival. Toast marshmallows while watching talented artists carve snow sculptures, ski in the torch parade down the mountain, and end your evening with a fantastic fireworks show. It’s sure to be one of those experiences that will have your kids wanting to book year after year.
“It used to be that après ski meant a drink or two after a day on the slopes, and while you can still enjoy award winning B.C. wines or locally crafted beers, more and more resorts are catering to family-friendly après ski activities.”
Whistler Blackcomb is continually rated as one of the best resorts in the world. The resort’s huge variety of family activities, including a tube park, Magic Castle and Tree Fort, and sleigh rides, will have you wanting to stay longer. But if you’re looking to try something a little different, then you’ll want to consider zip trekking through the snow covered forest high above Fitzsimmons Creek. Imagine the stories your kids will have to share when they get home.
Test your skill on the 60-foot ice climbing tower, play a game of pick up or take a leisurely skate on the Olympic-sized outdoor ice rink, or zip down the hill on the tube ride. Maybe you’d like to experience the entertaining play of Kelowna’s junior hockey team. The resort offers reasonably priced tickets and bus transportation to the game. No wonder Big White has been celebrated as one of Canada’s most family-friendly ski resorts.
Kimberley Alpine Resort
A newly enhanced beginner’s area, long intermediate trails, and exciting glades and steep terrain gives everyone a chance to perfect their skills. And the mountain is so close to town that when you’re finished skiing, you might consider a game of bowling or curling, or a night out at the movies.
Panorama Mountain Village
Panorama has a lot to offer visitors. The skiing is fantastic and so too are the other winter activities. The tube and toboggan park is the perfect way to spend the afternoon and evening, as the whole family gets their thrills zooming down the hill. Just hop on the Red Carpet conveyor for another run. The tube and tobogganing is free with your lift ticket. And what better way to end the day than unwinding in the Panorama Springs Pools, Canada’s largest slope side hot pools.