Monday, February 25, 2019

Find it ALL at Panorama Mountain Resort!

Every day should start with a rollercoaster ride and that's exactly what you'll get when you ski at Panorama Mountain Resort. Ride the Champagne Express Chair first thing in the morning to the top of the fast, and cruisy "Rollercoaster," immaculately groomed each day, and marvel in awe at the scenery spread out around you as you fly down the fresh corduroy, beaming from ear to ear.

Mornings are magical at Panorama Mountain Resort


What's so Awesome about Panorama


Panorama Mountain Resort is located 20 minutes outside the Community of Invermere in the Columbia Valley. From Calgary, it is approximately a 3.5 hour drive across the border into British Columbia. We've found that we can easily make it to the resort Friday night for a quick power ski weekend, but that it's definitely more fun to make a long weekend of it.

Panorama has a vertical drop of 1300 metres, top to bottom (4265 feet,) and the longest run is a full 6.5km in length! We love skiing down "View of a Thousand Peaks" as soon as the Summit Quad opens for the day, and I'm always amazed at how fast one can ski down a steep black run when it's been freshly groomed on a weekend. (My husband would say "dangerously fast" in my personal case.)

Summit to base with a vertical drop of 1300 metres and over 5km of skiing in one descent!

On our recent visit to Panorama, we connected View of a Thousand Peaks off the summit to "Zehnder Way" in the Founder's Ridge area, another steep black run that had been freshly groomed, and we marveled at the lack of lift lines (we rode three chairs to access the summit and never waited in a line - on a weekend!) We also expressed complete shock (and delight) that we didn't see a single other skier the entire time we skied down from the summit until we reached the top of the Discovery Quad at the bottom. We enjoyed 5.5km of steep groomed black skiing on that one descent alone, no line ups, and no other skiers in sight. Anybody loading skis in their car yet?

Morning on "View of a Thousand Peaks"

Discover Panorama's Signature Ski Tours


Panorama has three signature self-guided mountain tours, and they can each be enjoyed by strong intermediate skiers (customizing the Taynton Bowl Tour slightly for weaker skiers.)

Touring Panorama's Sun Bowl 


The Sun Bowl is a fun cruisy place to explore, especially in the afternoon when the sun has warmed up the snow. Most of the runs through the Sun Bowl are intermediate and there are always a few groomed options. 

Access is either from the top of the mountain via "Get me Down" (a blue traverse that serves as an escape route off the summit,) or from the top of the Champagne Express Chair via "Upper Canadian Way" (blue) and "Schober's Dream" (black, but groomed.) Skiers not ready for Schober's Dream can also bypass it on "Lower Canadian Way" (a blue traverse that gets your around the steep pitch on Schober's Dream.)

We were lucky on our second day at Panorama and discovered that they'd groomed the very steep "Roy's Run" off the summit, a black run that's usually filled with car sized moguls, and so we were able to link this to Schober's Dream.

Once in the Sun Bowl, opportunities for playful skiing abound and you'll end up at the bottom of the Sunbird Chair (where you can traverse over to the Village after you ride up.)

Access to the fun and playful Sun Bowl at Panorama

Hut to Hut Ski Touring across Panorama Mountain Resort


This has got to be the coolest thing about Panorama, and I always feel like I'm skiing in the Alps. Three chair lifts take you to the summit, climbing 1300 metres, where you'll be greeted by the Summit Hut, a great place to warm up and grab a freshly brewed Kicking Horse Coffee (the best coffee on the planet) before descending either Get me Down (blue) or one of the black runs to the top of the Champagne Express Chair.

Summit Hut at the top of the mountain

From the top of the Champagne Express, fly down Rollercoaster until you come to the Elkhorn Cabin. Here you'll find great views from a historic cabin perched on the side of the mountain. European Raclette is served if you time your visit for lunch, and otherwise, I highly recommend the fresh apple cider!

The historic Elkhorn Cabin perched at the edge of "Rollercoaster" at Panorama

It's a short ski from the Elkhorn Cabin down to the Mile 1 Hut (our favourite place to warm up on cold days with a coffee or hot chocolate.) They also serve great hamburgers at lunch, and this is the easiest hut for a beginner skier to reach off the Mile 1 Express Chair (which has several green runs off it.)

The Mile 1 Hut at the top of the Mile 1 Express Chair, Panorama

Make your way down from the Mile 1 Hut (my son loves to drop down through the giant terrain park off "Horseshoe") and you'll find yourself at the bottom where, you guessed it, there are even more options available for dining and snacking! My personal favourites are the Picnic Cafe for a sandwich or a fresh cup of coffee, or the T-Bar & Grill - which has amazing nachos!

Note that each of these huts is more "restaurant" than just a "warming hut" and that while you can definitely go inside to get warm on a cold day, you should plan on buying a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the very least if you're going to take up chair space.

If you want an area in which to enjoy your own bag lunch, you'll find plenty of  table space in the "Great Hall" in the main Village. Here you'll also find a cafeteria and space to store bags or backpacks.

Picnic Cafe in the Panorama Village 

The Taynton Bowl Tour AND Pay Per Ride Cat Skiing


I am slowly working my way through the Taynton Bowl Tour but I'm not quite ready for double black skiing off the summit so I usually cheat by dropping down View of 1000 Peaks and Stumbock's, both often groomed, to connect to the Taynton Trail down below. Strong skiers will definitely want to give "Heli High" a try though before making their way further along Outback Ridge.

Views from the Summit of Panorama before dropping into the Taynton Bowl

My husband tried out the new "pay per ride" Monster Cat Skiing on our recent Panorama Trip and enjoyed fresh powder on a wide open (very deserted) run where he said he felt like he was the only person around for miles. (note to self, find him a ski buddy next time!)

Special Monster lift tickets can be purchased in the Village for $14.29 per ride (adult pricing) or for $49 (for a pack of 4 tickets.)

Note that the cat rides are available on weekends only and that you still have to ski/hike your way along Outback Ridge to the staging area where you'll enjoy the final ride up to the top of the Goldie Plateau (roughly 100 metres up from the summit hut.)

From the Goldie Plateau, expert skiers enjoy double black chutes and bowls as they make their way back down to the Village. All runs end up in the main village so you could technically do laps all day.

The Monster X Snow Cat 


A Ski Hill for ALL Abilities and Styles


Panorama for Beginners


Panorama is the ultimate hill for progression with discounted pricing available for the beginner lifts. A Discovery Zone lift ticket gives you access to the Discovery Quad, Silver Platter, Red Carpet, and Little Ripper Carpet.

Graduate from the Discovery Quad, and skiers will then find easy groomed green runs off the Mile 1 Express, the Toby Chair (which also has an amazing terrain park,) and the Sunbird Chair.

The Discovery Zone for Little Rippers

Panorama for Intermediate Skiers


I consider myself to be a strong intermediate skier because I prefer to ski groomed terrain (be it blue or black.) Panorama is the ideal ski hill for those who love flowy cruisers, who want a good assortment of groomed runs, and who enjoy steep black runs that have also been groomed.

Views for miles off the "Get me Down" Traverse from the summit

On our recent trip, I was able to ski 9 different advanced black runs, all groomed with beautiful corduroy. This was a record for me, and usually I'm lucky if a ski hill grooms one or two black runs for me.

The terrain at Panorama can be broken down into 20% beginner, 55% intermediate/advanced, and 25% expert, so you can see that it's an intermediate skier's paradise.

Flying down Zehnder Way in Founders Ridge

And lest you start to think that Panorama is only a hill for those who love groomers, despair not. There are plenty of natural runs filled with bumps, glades, and soft powder. My husband and son often split off onto other runs off the top of each chair to chase after terrain that was more challenging than what I was looking for.

My son's favourite run under the Sunbird Chair

Panorama for Expert Skiers


My husband would fall into this category and he loves the terrain at Panorama. This is the kind of resort you can ski regularly for years - and still find new places to explore each time you visit. Add the new monster cat skiing, and nobody's getting bored here.

Entrance to the Taynton Bowl and Outback Ridge


Panorama for Skiers who like to "Play"


My son loves terrain parks and is usually quick to approve of a ski hill if it has a good park. The Toby Terrain Park is one of the best we've found across the Rockies and we love that it has its own dedicated chairlift, a nice little short one, so you can spend more time playing in the park (and less time riding on the lift.)

There's also a more advanced park off the Mile 1 Express Chair where my son was given very clear instructions to "roll everything!!"

Playing around in the Toby Terrain Park at Panorama 

Want to read more about skiing at Panorama? Check out the story I wrote last year: Family Guide to Panorama Mountain Ski Resort 

This story has a LOT more photos because it was actually warm enough to take a camera out of a pocket. Our recent trip had weather as cold as -35C with wind chill at the summit so photos were limited.

Read my Family Guide to Panorama to find the location of the kids' secret tree house

Stay in an Authentic Alpine Village with Ski in/Ski out Accommodations 


This is one of my favourite things about Panorama and it would not be the same to visit for a day without staying on the hill. Stay at the resort and you won't need a car the entire duration of your visit. A small gondola connects the Lower and Upper Village (with free service through the day and evening) and there is no shortage of restaurants spread around the resort. You'll even find a grocery store (with alcohol for purchase) and a take-out pizza restaurant in the Lower Village.

Keep reading to learn more about why you want to spend your ski vacation in the heart of the Panorama Mountain Resort.

First in line for the lifts when you stay in the Village

End your Day in Canada's Largest Slopeside Hot Pools


If this doesn't sell staying overnight on the hill at Panorama, I don't know what will. Spend your days skiing and your evenings soaking your sore muscles as you relax in slopeside hot pools (the largest one big enough for kids to swim in!)

Kids love the bigger pool with it's "slightly cooler" temperature and space for swimming or splashing, and adults enjoy the hotter pool beside it (best enjoyed with a beverage in hand while the kids play in the other pool.)

Slopeside Hot Pools at Panorama Mountain Resort

The Panorama Springs Hot Pools are located in the Panorama Springs Condo Building, by far our favourite place to stay so far out of the options we've tried, but access to the pools is included with all stays at the resort. Make a booking with Panorama Lodging anywhere on the hill and you'll get to enjoy the pools as often as you like. (and in summer there's a cold swimming pool with waterslides as well!)

Panorama Springs Hot Pools 

Bring the Non-Skiers! Panorama is more than a Ski Hill!


We spend many weekends in the Columbia Valley and have visited Panorama for the day several times - without ever purchasing a downhill lift ticket! The beauty of this resort is that you don't actually have to like downhill skiing to enjoy spending time at Panorama. There are dozens of other activities you can try without ever stepping into a pair of ski boots or riding a chairlift.

The reality for many families and groups is that there will often be that one family member who wants to come along on your trip - but who doesn't ski, who prefers snowshoeing, or who likes the peace and quiet found on nordic ski trails. (My mother for example who recently joined us for a weekend at Panorama.)

Bring the grandparents, the baby, the toddler, the whole extended family, or even a spouse who may not enjoy downhill skiing (but still wants to spend the weekend with the family.) There is something for everybody at Panorama!

Try cross-country skiing on the Panorama Nordic Trails


Five Things to do for the Non-Skier at Panorama 



One. Step into a different kind of bindings and try cross-country skiing on the Panorama Nordic Trails

And these are GOOD trails, "real" trails, and trails I'd visit even for a day trip. This isn't a case of "ok, you nordic skiers, we groomed you a cute little 3km loop around the ski resort."

We like skiing up to the Pentagon and Hale Huts in approximately 6km round trip from the Greywolf Golf Course. I also love it when my family drops me at the golf course so that I can ski down the Prospector's / Valley Trail back to the Village. (And for those staying in the village, you can ski a 3km loop on the Valley / Prospector's Trails starting in the Upper Village and ending in the Lower Village, riding the Village Gondola back up to the top.)

You can purchase day passes for the nordic trails at Guest Services and they can direct you to the rental shop if you don't have your own skis.

The Hale Hut, reached on a groomed nordic ski trail

Two. Try snowshoeing on the Panorama multi-use trails

All of the nordic trails at Panorama are designated for "multi-use" sports, but you'll enjoy the inner loops more with a pair of snowshoes. The Valley Trail through the golf course is especially scenic.

You can purchase day passes for the nordic trails at Guest Services and they can direct you to the rental shop if you don't have your own snowshoes.

The Valley Trail is a multi-use trail for XC skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking

Three. Take a walk along the river from the Lower Village or rent a fat bike to explore the trails

My mother enjoyed taking short walks along the river when we were recently at Panorama for a weekend and appreciated that she didn't need snowshoes on the well packed trail. She was able to walk out the door of our condo and could connect the Lower Village to the Upper Village afterwards via the Village Gondola to warm up at the Picnic Cafe.

We've also enjoyed fat biking on the Valley Trail and were able to rent bikes for our whole family. Bike rentals can be found in the Upper Village near Guest Services and you can loop the Valley Trail 3 with the Prospector's / Valley Trail for a moderate 3km ride on a packed/groomed trail. Resort roads connect you back to the top when you're finished.

Read more about cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking at Panorama in my previous story here: Panorama Mountain Resort  (much more than downhill skiing.)

Take a walk (or rent a fat bike) to enjoy an easy jaunt along the river at Panorama

Four. Enjoy the Village amenities and children's programs

Enjoy slopeside accommodations at Panorama and sign the kids up for a variety of children's activities, crafts, and unique programming each day ($,) try ice skating on the village rink (bring your own skates,) or try snow tubing in the evenings ($.)


Panorama has a small (but fun) tube park open evenings over weekends and holidays


Five. Enjoy mountain dining and après-ski hut tours


There is no shortage of options for the après-ski experience at Panorama (for skiers and non skiers alike.) 

  • Enjoy decadent walk in/walk out dining at a variety of restaurants in the Upper Village including my favourite, the Cabin Smokehouse. Another good choice is ElevenFIFTY at the base of the hill where you'll find regional cuisine including pizzas and homemade pastas.

  • Book a Heli-Fondue tour at the Summit Hut. Enjoy a flight with RK HELISKI up to the Summit Hut after the lifts close for an early evening après dinner of cheese and chocolate fondue. This is the best (and only) way for a non skier to reach the summit of the ski hill.

  • Book a raclette and lamplight ski out from the Elkhorn Cabin Saturday nights. Catch the last ride up the Champagne Chair at the end of your ski day, ski down to the cabin for dinner, and then enjoy a guided ski down the freshly groomed Rollercoaster run by headlamps. (for experienced skiers only)

  • Book a fondue dining experience at the Mile 1 Hut for a cheese and chocolate fondue dinner Saturday nights. Ride the Mile 1 chair up to the hut (with skis or in winter boots for the non skier) and then enjoy an easy ski down (the run is lit up for night skiing) or ride back down the chairlift if you are a non skier.

  • Try the brand new snowcat limousine dining experience at either the Elkhorn Cabin for raclette or the Mile 1 Hut for fondue. The tour runs Thursdays and Fridays and you must be able to ski down to the Elkhorn Cabin. You finish dinner with a ride in a snowcat back to the base. The Mile 1 Hut experience includes a snow cat ride both up and down, making it perfect for the non skier.

Information on all dining options can be found here and reservations are required in advance. 


Panorama doesn't shut down at sunset 

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Disclaimer: Our accommodations and lift tickets were provided on this hosted trip. As always, all opinions and words are my own and I was not compensated beyond trip expenses. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5 Destinations to Explore on your Summer Road Trip

We are big fans of the classic summer road trip, trailer loaded with camping gear for at least a week, kayak and paddleboard mounted on top of our vehicle, and bikes filling the box of our truck. Somewhere we find storage space for our hiking and climbing gear as well, and off we go!

Summer vacation doesn't get much better than this!

The challenge - booking these amazing trips - in February - when there's still snow on the ground! Does anybody even know their vacation schedule yet?

And upfront honesty - there is no hidden agenda in this story, no sponsored links to sunblock companies, no paid endorsements for bug spray... Just my words and me sharing my favourite places to travel with you!

My husband nearly died when I told him our giant peacock was coming with us last year!

We will be visiting every destination featured in this story at some point this coming summer, launching each trip from Calgary, Alberta, and I am beyond excited that 90% of my reservations are already booked. Now I can enjoy the rest of the winter while I dream of happy camping and traveling days to come.



One - North to Jasper National Park (Alberta)


Jasper is an annual road trip destination for us (for at least a weekend) and we've been taking a photo of my son and I in the exact same spot every year for the past 8 years! (in hindsight we should have added my husband but it was never intended to become an annual thing.)

The annual photo that we travel to Jasper for every single year!

Highlights of a Trip to Jasper


  • An easy multi-use trail system that loops the town and surrounding lakes - perfect for novice riders wanting to try some easy mountain biking

  • Gorgeous calm lakes for paddling

  • Beautiful hiking trails with something suitable for all abilities

  • The best nachos in the Canadian Rockies at the Jasper Brewing Company (the beer is pretty good too)

  • The tramway ride that takes you up Whistlers Mountain will be something you remember for years if you time your visit for a warm sunny day and hike to the summit

  • Driving the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada, and stopping at the Columbia Icefields Centre for a tour on the Athabasca Glacier on a giant snowcoach. 

Hiking on Whistlers Mountain in Jasper

Read: Our Top Ten Favourite Things to do in Jasper 

Read: Family-friendly Summits in Jasper National Park 

Read: The Best Family Bike Trails in Jasper 

Read: Experiencing Awesome in Jasper National Park 

Read: Local's Guide to Exploring the Best of Banff and Jasper 

Read: Summer Planning: Where to Camp in the National Parks of Alberta 

Paddling across Pyramid Lake in Jasper 

Two - Exploring the BEST of the East Kootenays and the Columbia Valley (BC)


We spend multiple weekends in the Columbia Valley around Radium Hot Springs every summer. We also plan at least one longer trip to Fernie every summer. The East Kootenay Rockies feel like home to us and we can never spend enough time here.

Mountain biking in the Columbia Valley 


Highlights of a trip to the East Kootenays or the Columbia Valley


  • The most amazing smooth flowy mountain bike trails ever! (my personal opinion of course)

  • Swimming and paddling with painted turtles at Surveyors Lake

  • Floating down the Columbia River and camping overnight on an island

  • Lots of hot springs!!

  • Warm camping! (as early as Easter some years and as late as Thanksgiving)

Hiking in Radium Hot Springs with views of the Columbia River wetlands


Radium Hot Springs, Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Golden

Read: The Best of the Columbia Valley (Radium Hot Springs to Invermere - and beyond)

Read: The Best Family Bike Trails in the Columbia Valley 

Read: Paddling and Camping on the Columbia River with Kids 

Read: Why We LOVE Camping at Red Streak, Radium Hot Springs, BC

Read: Family Adventure Bucket List for Golden, BC 

Hours of fun at the Fairmont Hot Springs Pool


Fernie and surrounding area

Read: The Best Family Bike Trails in Fernie, BC 

Read: Family Downhill Mountain Biking at Fernie Alpine Resort 

Read: Camping at Surveyors Lake, Kikomun Creek Provincial Park 

Read: First Summits - Polar Peak, Fernie Alpine Resort 

Painted turtles at Surveyors Lake near Fernie

Three - Touring the West Kootenays, Nelson and area (BC)


We spent a few days exploring the area around Nelson two years ago, and liked Kokanee Creek Provincial Park so much, we returned last year. Playing on the sand spit is an annual summer highlight and it's surreal to be able to walk out into the middle of the lake to play in ankle deep water.

Fun on the sand spit at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park 

Highlights of a trip to Nelson and the surrounding area around the West Kootenays 


  • Beach time at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park and hours of fun on the sand spit

  • Biking on the Great Northern Rail Trail

  • Paddling on Kootenay Lake, an official paddle route of the Trans Canada Trail

  • Hot Springs! (with a cave if you go to Ainsworth)

Playing on the sand spit in Kootenay Lake


Read: Family Touring around Nelson and the West Kootenays, BC

Sunset fishing at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park 

Four - Discovering Vacation Wonderland in the Okanagan (BC)


Every year we tell ourselves that maybe we're done with the Okanagan and that we can move on to explore other places. We sit down for a couple of seconds until the feeling passes, and then I go book a campsite. I don't think we'll ever get tired of spending a week here and I suspect my son will remember his time here as some of his happiest summer memories when he's all grown up.

Swim Bay in Peachland, a major summer highlight for us


Highlights of a Trip to the Okanagan 


  • Zip lines, diving boards, and a rope swing at the Swim Bay outdoor aquatic centre in Peachland

  • Wibit inflatable water parks in Kelowna, Peachland, and Penticton

  • Floating the channel in Penticton

  • Beach time and gloriously hot sunny weather

  • Biking on the Kettle Valley Railway over trestle bridges and through tunnels

  • Touring Wineries for at least an hour every day (and you can bring the kids)

Biking through the Little Tunnel on the Kettle Valley Railway 

Read: The Importance of Summer Vacations (and the BEST of the Okanagan) 

Read: Biking the Kettle Valley Railway from Kelowna to Osoyoos 

Bridge jumping in Okanagan Falls 


Five - South to Idaho, Silverwood, and Farragut State Park (USA)


This was a new destination for us last year and we enjoyed the area so much, we're returning this year. We love the Farragut State Park Campground and we're all looking forward to spending a couple more days at the Silverwood Theme Park.

Silverwood water park (by far the best water park we've been to)


Highlights of a trip to Farragut State Park and Northern Idaho


  • Biking the Route of the Hiawatha, a restored rail trail, with a a tunnel that's 2.7 km long (and pitch black inside!) - downhill rail grade the entire time with a shuttle ride back at the end

  • Beach time at Farragut State Park (make sure you find the rope swing)

  • A trip to Silverwood, a giant theme park with an incredible water park
Family biking on the Route of the Hiawatha in Northern Idaho


Read: Road Trip to Bike the Route of the Hiawatha in Northern Idaho 

Giant rope swing at Farragut State Park, Idaho

Questions about where we've camped, where we recommend staying, or about any of the activities mentioned here? Send me an email, leave a comment below, or connect with me on Facebook. I answer every message.



Monday, February 11, 2019

Mountain Living in a Tiny Home! Fernie's Newest Accommodations

You know you've always wanted to stay in a tiny home, to check one out, and to find out just how tiny these properties really are. If not, I'm sure you can honestly still say you're "intrigued" by the Tiny Home movement and are curious about how much stuff you can squeeze into a small space.

Mountain Living in a Tiny Home in Fernie

My family had the opportunity to check out the brand new tiny homes with Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie, British Columbia, and it was an incredibly unique set of accommodations for a ski weekend.

Snow Valley Lodging has 6 tiny homes for rent


Close to Everything at Snow Valley Lodging 


The mountain town of Fernie is located 3 hours south of Calgary, and is easy to reach after work on a Friday for a power ski trip. We spend a couple of days skiing, and then drive back home Sunday afternoon. 

In the past we've always stayed right on the ski hill in Fernie in ski in/ski out accommodations, but this year we wanted to spend a longer amount of time in town and wanted lodging that was more centrally located.

The Snow Valley Lodging property is located just a few blocks away from the river, a short 5 minute walk from the multi-use main town loop pathway system, and a short drive away from the Fernie Nordic Centre. We were also able to drive to the nearby Montane Trailhead for cross-country skiing or fat biking, and we were not very far away from the town aquatic centre. 

We also loved that we were a 5 minute walk from the best ice-cream in town at the Happy Cow, close to several other restaurants (if you don't feel like cooking at the end of the day,) and that we were able to rent fat bikes to enjoy during our stay (for free!!) - note that the bikes all had a medium frame and so you'd have to rent youth sized bikes in Calgary if this is something you want to try as a family.

Follow this link to see the Snow Valley Lodging Property on Google Maps. 


FREE BIKE RENTALS INCLUDED! I rode right out the front door of the Snow Valley Lodging Office

The Tiny Home Experience 


Snow Valley Lodging has recently built 6 tiny homes on their property and we got to try one out for a few nights. 


What's included in your tiny home

  • A basic kitchen with stove, oven, dishes, cooking supplies, a toaster, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge. - note that there is no microwave.

  • A queen sized bed in the loft with a double sofa bed on the main floor

  • A  bathroom with shower and basic amenities

  • A very small kitchen table with two stools. Extra family members have to eat from the sofa

  • Free on site parking

  • Two wall mounted televisions (one per floor)
Tiny Home Kitchen with everything we needed for a weekend


Questions you might have: 


1. Is there enough room for a family? - Yes, but it's cozy. The tiny homes would be ideal for a couple, but it's very doable for a family of 3 or 4. 

We joked that every evening we'd convert our tiny home to sleep mode (folding out the sofa bed and putting the table up for the night) and that every morning we'd convert the home back into day mode (table back down, bed converted back to a sofa.)

We just have one child and so it worked for us for a few nights. Two kids would have to be able to sleep well together in a double bed.

Loft bedroom in our tiny home

2. Are pets allowed in the tiny home? - Yes, some of the tiny homes allow pets.


3. Did you have enough space for your ski gear, clothing, outerwear, etc? - Again, it was tight, but we found space for everything, stored backpacks in the shower, shoved our huge hockey bag under the stairs, and loved the storage shelves at the foot of the bed upstairs. 
Looking down on the living area in our tiny home

Because it was winter, we had a lot of wet clothing to dry each day, but we managed to find space to hang everything and loved how fast stuff would dry if you hung it over the main heater.


4. Were you comfortable in your tiny home? - Yes, but you want to make sure you use the ceiling fan, and don't let it get too warm on the main floor. Heat rises and we accidentally turned the loft into a sauna the first night. We learned to live with a  cooler temperature on the main floor after that. - and note, bring slippers. The floor was chilly on the feet.


5. Would you stay here again? - Definitely yes. We loved the cute little home and found it to be so much more personal than a motel room. The art work was unique and the house was very well decorated so that you did not feel like you were in a trailer once you stepped inside.

We loved being able to cook our own meals, to prepare breakfast before hitting the ski trails, and enjoyed being close to everything in town. 

My son especially loved the loft and spent hours upstairs reading books in the cozy bed. He wanted to sleep in the loft as well so we let him fall asleep there each evening (allowing us to continue using the main floor while he slept) and then we moved him downstairs when we went to bed later.

Hanging out in our Snow Valley Lodging Tiny Home  in Fernie

Other Perks Included: 

  • There is an indoor hot tub next to the office

  • There are two adult sized fat bikes available for free rental and they also had these funky HOK skis available to borrow as well (think downhill skis with bindings that fit a normal snow boot.) We never tried the skis but did enjoy taking a short spin along the river on the  bikes. 

Tiny Homes in Fernie 

We enjoyed our Tiny Home stay with Snow Valley Lodging and I highly recommend the experience. Visit the Snow Valley Lodging website for more information or to make a reservation.

I think these Tiny Homes would be amazing in the summer as well because you can bike right out the front door of your house, down to the river, and boom - you're on the Main Town Pathway Loop. From there you can connect to the multi-use trail system, access the aquatic centre, ride to the town bike park, visit restaurants, and even check out the spray park in town - all from your bike! - read more about biking around Fernie here.




Disclaimer: Our stay in Fernie was hosted in partnership with Tourism Fernie. As always, all words and opinions are my own and we were not compensated beyond the stay. 

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