Nipika Mountain Resort is a small Eco-resort built on 100 kilometres of trails for cross country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. The resort is open year-round and while you can drop in for a day from nearby Radium Hot Springs, you'll benefit immensely from staying in one of the eight cozy cabins on the property.
|Our Cozy Cabin|
|Skiing Home for Lunch|
The main appeal for us at Nipika as a family was the ability to have a base camp amidst Rocky Mountain wilderness from where we could participate in a dozen different outdoor sports right from the doorstep of our cabin. We went cross country skiing twice during our one night stay, we tried out the skating rink, and we also tromped around the field outside our cabin on snowshoes.
|Skiing across the Natural Bridge on the North Trails|
Had we have stayed another night, we could have explored the resort's signed snowshoe trails as well but with a three year old, we found the open meadow in front of the cabins to be the perfect spot for snowshoeing. We also discovered a great bunny hill mere steps from our cabin door that would be perfect for children working on their ski technique (on either cross country or downhill skis), and could make a good toboggan hill for young children. (I would just make sure an adult was situated at the bottom of the hill to ensure no skiers were taken out by a runaway sled as a ski trail does pass below the hill.) For older children, there is an official sledding hill called Mount Sledmore located a short distance away along the ski trails. Some day we'll tackle it too!
|Snowshoeing in the Meadow around the Cabins|
|Skiing Past the First Warming Hut|
I think it would be amazing to bike together as a family to the little hut, have lunch and bike back. For young children, the short distance would be perfect at three kilometres return. For families with school-aged children or teens, the kids would be in mountain bike heaven!
The comments in our cabin's guest book raved about the fantastic single track opportunities at the resort. And then at the end of the day, guests can look forward to taking a cold plunge into the resort's pond, complete with floating dock for older kids to hang out on and make new friends.
|The Upper Canyon Falls Warming Hut - Great Destination for Biking, Hiking, Skiing or Snowshoeing|
We absolutely loved the opportunities we had at Nipika to ski right out our cabin door onto the trails.
We could also access the skating rink and wood fired hot tub after a short walk across the meadow outside. Everything was very close and accessible.
|Enjoying the Wood Fired Hot Tub|
Accessibility was a very nice change for us from Calgary where ski trails are often found an hour's drive away and young kids sometimes spend more time in the car than they do actually skiing when they go anywhere. At Nipika that isn't a problem. You can ski for half an hour, go inside your cabin to warm up and have a snack, switch over to snowshoes, have lunch, go for a skate, return to the cabin for a nap, and then start all over again. Nipika is true recreation paradise for families wanting to keep adventures short and sweet.
|Learning to ski at Nipika|
|Powder and Perfection|
|Rustic Living at its Best|
One other thing I took note of was the goal to not kill trees needlessly for the purpose of making the cabins and furniture. All buildings and furniture were built on site using trees already killed by the mountain pine beetle.
If you get a chance when you visit Nipika, make sure you take some time to visit the environmental learning centre on site or to sign up for a tour of the resort with a knowledgeable staff or family member.
|The Majesty of the Kootenay Rockies Spread Out Around You|
- Nipika is a Doggie Disneyland (yes, the resort is pet-friendly so bring Fido with you)
- Nipika was our first choice for a honeymoon (in case you want to leave the kids at home)
- It's all about getting back to nature
- Nipika was the perfect place to spend Christmas
- Nipika feels like home
- We had the whole valley to ourselves for 3 nights
- It was our first visit but it won't be our last (I understand that one completely!)
- Nipika was the perfect first getaway with our baby
|Skiing on the South Trails Beside the River|
Based on my visit, I can confidently say that there is everything for a family to love at Nipika! The only question is - how often will you return?
|The Canyon Bridge - Great Destination for Skiing or Snowshoeing in Winter|
Disclaimer: Nipika Mountain Resort graciously sponsored this family trip. As always opinions and endorsements are entirely my own.