Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ten Reasons to Hit the Slopes this Spring (Spring Skiing is the BEST Skiing)

Leave the hand and foot warmers behind, and bring out the sunblock because it's spring and it's the best time to ski! Gone are the days where you had to go inside between runs to warm up, and say hello to outdoor patios and bluebird days on the slopes.

Leave the hand warmers at home and grab your sunblock for some spring skiing!

Spring skiing is the BEST skiing and I hope you have at least at least a couple ski days scheduled on the calendar over the next month. Better yet, plan a weekend away to visit a new resort with your family over spring break.






Ten Reasons to Hit the Slopes this Spring 



1.Skiing is way more enjoyable when you aren't freezing to death!


We've skied when it was -35 C with wind chill and I can assure you it wasn't very fun.

Hit the slopes this spring and enjoy:

  • More skiing without having to keep going inside to warm up

  • Happy fingers and toes

  • No worries about the kids catching frostbite (and you don't have to keep your face constantly covered)

  • Being able to stop to take photos! (my phone doesn't come out much when it's -30)

  • Less bulky clothing! You can even ski in a hoodie!

Spring skiing in a hoodie and a vest 


2. Relaxed starts and long days 


In winter we always try to hit the slopes when the lifts first open, but spring skiing is much more relaxed. The snow usually needs to soften up before you head out and many resorts stay open later in the afternoon. 

Sunshine Village is open through the May long weekend and Kendra Scurfield, Brand & Communications Director, provided the following inspiration:
"Sunshine's all natural snow, high elevation, and long sunny days make Sunshine famous for Canada’s Best Spring Skiing.  In the spring we extend our lift hours so skiers and boarders can enjoy an extra half hour of fun on the slopes."


Sunshine Village is magical on a spring bluebird day 


3. The snow is still good!


I talked to Clarissa Amaro in Media, Marketing & Customer Relations at Panorama Mountain Resort and she painted the most glorious picture of spring skiing at Panorama.
"Panorama really comes alive in the Springtime. Every year we are skiing summit to base all the way through to Easter when the resort closes. Because of the resort's big vertical you’ll find winter conditions at the summit and soft, slushy spring conditions on the lower third of the mountain. The weather is warm, the sun shines and we see regular snowfalls overnight right through March."

2022 Closing dates for resorts in the Canadian Rockies:

These are just some of the closing dates. More are TBD soon.

April 10th
- Kimberley Alpine Resort
- Castle Mountain Resort

April 17th
Panorama Mountain Resort 
- Mount Norquay Ski Resort 
- Kicking Horse Ski Resort
- Fernie Alpine Resort

April 18th 
- Nakiska Ski Area
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort

May 1st - Marmot Basin Ski Resort, Jasper 

May 8th - Lake Louise Ski Resort

May 23rd - Sunshine Ski Resort


Now I challenge you to hit one resort per weekend above. Wouldn't that be amazing?!


It doesn't get better than spring skiing in the Sun Bowl at Panorama Mountain Resort

4. It's a great time for beginners to learn to ski 


It's hard to get excited about learning a new sport when you're wearing ten layers of clothing, the air hurts your face, your fingers or toes are frozen, and you're essentially in "survival mode" counting down the minutes until you can go inside. 

Spring skiing is a completely different experience though. There's a festive feeling on the ski hill, you can spend hours outside in comfort, and falling down actually becomes humorous in the soft spring snow.

And I highly recommend checking for spring break camps at your local ski resort (or at a resort you plan to visit this March) 


Nakiska is fabulous in spring and is often very quiet if you visit mid-week


5. Discounted spring skiing passes


For those who didn't buy seasons passes for the winter, now is a great time to buy a special spring pass. And you'll get lots of skiing in over the next two months (even if you haven't been out much so far this winter.)

Sunshine Village Spring Skiing Pass - $999.00 + GST per family ($499.00 +GST per adult.) There's also a midweek pass for $399.00 per person which is the best deal (especially with spring break coming up.)


With your spring pass you enjoy 60+ days of unlimited skiing or riding from the middle of March through closing date in May.


April powder day at Sunshine Village 

Lake Louise Spring Skiing Pass - $1099.00 + GST per family ($549.00 +GST per adult.) 

With your spring pass you enjoy 60+ days of unlimited skiing or riding from the middle of March through closing date in May.

Spring break at Lake Louise and the snow is great!


Castle Mountain Spring Skiing Pass - Enjoy the best part of spring – the last four weeks of the season – for less than the cost of two days of skiing or riding at Castle Mountain's regular rates. Spring season passes are valid from March 14, 2022 – April 10, 2022.

Spring pass holders also get a discount off their season pass for the 2022-23 ski season.

An adult spring pass is $179.00 and children pay $69 for their spring pass ($109 for youth.)


Castle Mountain Ski Resort is lovely on a warm spring day 


Nakiska Ski Resort Spring Pass - $1159 + GST per family ($499.00 +GST per adult.) 

With your spring pass you enjoy unlimited skiing from early March through the end of the ski season (usually mid to late April.)

This pass is brand new for the 2022 season so contact Nakiska directly with any questions you might have. 

There's still lots of good snow at Nakiska through April


6. PATIOS!


Avoid crowded day lodges and visit ski resorts with outdoor patios. Bring your own lunch or buy a burger from an outdoor barbecue. Soak up the sunshine (which helps boost your immune system) and enjoy live entertainment at many resorts.

"I love spring in the mountains!  Spring skiing is a weird, perfect mix of being able to shred but also enjoying the sunshine – who wouldn’t want patio weather on the top of a mountain?!"  - Kehna Y., staff member from RCR Resorts in Calgary 

Our 5 favourite resorts for patios and outdoor eating spaces across the Canadian Rockies: 


Panorama Mountain Resort - Panorama has mountain huts spread out around their entire mountain, each one serving cold beverages and hot food. 

For a fun descent down the mountain ride three chairlifts to the top of the mountain for a beverage at the Summit Hut (where they also serve burgers and hot dogs and have an outdoor patio.) 

Ski from the summit down to the Elkhorn Cabin where you can get a fresh homemade apple cider or order Swiss Raclette for lunch. They also have a small outdoor seating area. Ski from there down to the Mile 1 Hut (where there's also a patio) where you can get pulled pork sandwiches and cold or hot beverages. 

Ski down to the base where you'll find coffee shops and other restaurants (with several patio areas.) - Just watch how much you drink on that one descent lest you find yourself too tipsy to ride back up for another run! 


The Summit Hut will come alive this spring at Panorama Mountain Resort

Sunshine Village - Did you know that you don't even have to ski to enjoy the spring sunshine at Sunshine Village? I would honestly pay for a sightseeing gondola ride just to have lunch on the patio at Mad Trappers, a fun family-friendly pub with an awesome vibe and equally great food.


Lake Louise - The Banded Peak Base Camp is the place to be this spring at Lake Louise. Soak up the sun from this gorgeous patio located right beside the Glacier Express Gondola. The menu includes tasty smoked BBQ bites, hot soup and chili along with cold beverages of course.


Revelstoke Mountain Resort - I would travel all the way to Revelstoke this spring just to have a chicken burger from the Mackenzie Outpost, located at the top of the gondola. The outpost has a great patio and serves the best chicken burgers I've ever had in my life. Revelstoke Mountain Resort also sees a lot more sun in spring so head this way if you want some bluebird skiing.



Fernie Alpine Resort - I love the Lost Boys Cafe located at the top of the Timber Chair. I often take a break from skiing here while my boys do another lap or two. And they have a great patio with fabulous views over the valley. You can order both food + beverages here while you soak up the sunshine.

The Lost Boys Cafe at Fernie Alpine Resort (photo credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies)

7. Say hello to the après ski scene!


Slopeside bars and beer gardens, patio weather, and live entertainment where every ski day is a party this spring!

See #6 above for my list of our favourite patios at local resorts and see #8 below for a large list of fun events happening at resorts this spring.

My personal favourite après ski activity: Load the last chairlift to the very top of the resort you're skiing at and ski down to a mid mountain lodge that's open late for drinks on the patio before you ski back down to the base.

This works well at Revelstoke Mountain Resort where Revelation Lodge is open every Saturday until 4:00pm with live music and entertainment.

End your ski day by 3:00pm and you'll have time for a cold beverage on any of the patios scattered around the mountain at Panorama Mountain Resort as well.

At Sunshine Village Resort, Mad Trappers is open all evening for guests staying overnight at the lodge. Stay as long as you like and then download the gondola which runs until 5:30pm Saturdays. Alternately you can enjoy your food and beverages in the village and then take the ski out down. Just make sure you catch the last lift up Jack Rabbit at 4:30pm or you'll have to do a bit of pushing across the flats on the way to Goat's Eye. (You could always download the gondola as far as Goat's Eye and then ski down from there too.)

** Check each resort's website directly to find out what entertainment and après-ski experiences will be offered this season.

Skiing down from Sunshine Village on the ski out at the end of the day 


8. Fun events and free entertainment every weekend 


Buy your lift ticket and get a concert, a professional competition, or a fun family-friendly event included for no extra cost.

Note that many annual spring events for 2022 were cancelled due to Covid and some resorts may have plans that they haven't advertised yet, so follow your fav. resorts on social media for updates.

Just some of the fun events happening this spring at resorts across the Canadian Rockies

Live Music:


Beats in the Base at Castle Mountain Resort 

Major Events: 

  • Cardboard Box Downhill Derby at Lake Louise - Visit lake Louise for this fun event on May 8th, closing day. Prizes will be given for the top three fastest sleds! Prizes will also be given out for the most creative designs (themed outfits encouraged.) Get your team of 1-4 people together to see if you can out-design, out-wit and out-sled the others. All ages welcome in this FREE event!

  • North Star Days at Kimberley Alpine Resort - Head to Kimberley on April 2nd where the resort will have an exciting lineup of events and activities including: a mogul competition, Banked Slalom competition, best dressed dog competition, family activities, live music, and beer gardens. Guests are also encouraged to dress in their finest retro and vintage ski gear.

  • Dummy Downhill and Slush Cup at Kicking Horse Resort - Finish the ski season at Kicking Horse in Golden, BC for their closing weekend celebration.

    "The Dummy Downhill concept is extremely simple. Build something that can slide down the slopes over a jump and please the crowd with a massive crash.  A celebration of fine construction and total destruction!

    And "Get ready to challenge the slush pool! The Slush Cup is a true test for well-seasoned springtime skiers and snowboarders. Get yourself dressed up in a tasteful costume and see if you can make it over our 75-foot pond of freezing water."

Slush Cup weekend is a fan favourite at every ski resort (photo credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies)

 

9. Make the most of shoulder season while you wait for "true" spring 


I find April to be depressing because I'm usually done with winter, but "true" spring seems to take forever to arrive. We find ourselves in this shoulder season where we've finished skiing, but can't go biking or hiking yet because there's still too much snow.

If there's still snow in the mountains, why fight it? Just go skiing and make the most of it. Ski into spring and then pull your bike out after Easter. If you ski at Lake Louise or Sunshine you can ski into May!

Snow in the mountains? Stop fighting it and enjoy the skiing! (this photo was taken in April at Sunshine Village)


10. Ski through Easter weekend with fun events at many resorts 


In addition to the festivals and events already mentioned above under #8, there are special Easter themed events at a few resorts.

Note that many annual spring and Easter events for 2022 were cancelled due to Covid and some resorts may have plans that they haven't advertised yet, so follow your fav. resorts on social media for updates.

One event that has been announced is below:

Celebrate Easter at Mt. Norquay - Visit Mt. Norquay on April 17th where the Easter Bunny is planning to hide thousands of eggs around the resort for the children to find. 

Catch the Easter Bunny at Lake Louise (photo: Lake Louise Ski Resort)



Sunday, March 01, 2020

Active Family Guide to Winter in Radium Hot Springs

We spend a lot of time in Radium Hot Springs year round but winter is growing on us as one of our favourite seasons for exploring this quiet village. We walk around searching for the local sheep herd and we keep our eyes peeled for for the flock of wild turkeys that roams wild in the streets.

We explore the peaceful trail along Sinclair Creek or we head down into Sinclair Canyon for a hike before we head to the hot springs to warm up and relax.

Active Family Guide to Winter in Radium Hot Springs

From Calgary (where we live)  it is a 3 hour drive to the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the gateway to the Columbia Valley. The drive is very doable for a 2-day weekend and many local families head out after work on Friday. You can spend all day Saturday and most of Sunday exploring before you have to head home Sunday afternoon. (And sometimes if we leave late on Sunday, we'll just stop in Canmore for dinner on our way home.)

Take a walk around the Springs Golf Course in the village and you'll see lots of bighorn sheep

So far this winter we've spent three weekends in Radium Hot Springs and we still have trails we haven't explored or hikes we'd like to check out. My top ten list below is just the beginning of places you can (and should) visit next time you visit Radium Hot Springs with your family in the winter season.



Active Family Guide to Winter in Radium Hot Springs



1. Visit the Radium Hot Springs Pools


We absolutely love visiting the Radium Hot Springs mineral pools where you can enjoy both a large hot soaking pool along with a separate heated swimming pool, open year round (complete with slide and diving board in the summer months.) We've easily spent hours here at a time and we look forward to the pools reopening this spring in time for camping season. 


The Radium Hot Springs hot soaking pool is magical in winter (credit: Tourism Radium Hot Springs)


2. Search for Bighorn Sheep on the Springs Golf Course


We stayed at the Bighorn Meadows Resort the last time we were in Radium and we enjoyed walking around the property searching for the herd of bighorn sheep that makes Radium their home.  The resort is located on the ninth fairway of the Springs Golf Course where you'll almost always find large numbers of sheep hanging out in the morning or late afternoon.

Bighorn sheep relaxing on the Springs Golf course late afternoon 

We also love the views over the Columbia River wetlands that you can enjoy as you walk around the golf course in the winter months when it's closed for the season. We particularly like the views from the back nine where you can look down on the river from the escarpment beside the 18th hole.

Note you can usually just walk around the golf course in winter, but if there's enough snow, you could also snowshoe or cross-country ski. (Obviously not when we were here.)

Looking down over the Columbia River from the Springs Golf Course


3. Walk around the Village Looking for Local Wildlife 


If you don't find enough wildlife on the golf course, I recommend walking around the quiet village streets where you're almost guaranteed to find at least a couple of deer munching on the plants in somebody's front yard.

Wild turkeys hanging out on the main street in Radium Hot Springs 

If you're lucky, you'll also find the flock of wild turkeys that roams the neighborhood near Legend's Field behind the main street in town. In the large park you'll also find the new library, a sledding hill, a brand new hockey rink, and a really nice playground.

You don't usually have to go far to find a herd of sheep in Radium (often right on the main highway through town)

And while you're out, I recommend stopping in at the Bighorn Cafe on the main street. Personal menu favourites include their breakfast burritos and their cinnamon buns. Most importantly, they serve good strong coffee.

Always my second home when I'm in Radium Hot Springs 


4. Take a Walk along Sinclair Creek 


The Sinclair Creek Trail is another good walk for those wanting to find the local wildlife. We often see deer when we're exploring along Sinclair Creek in the winter.

Easy hiking along Sinclair Creek where you'll often see at least a couple of deer 

The easiest way to access this trail is from the official parking lot off Forsters Landing Road where you turn into the Canfor Sawmill (a fun adventure in and of itself for the kids as you drive through the middle of the mill.)

Sinclair Creek is a fun place to explore year round in Radium Hot Springs 

The trail is relatively flat and offers very easy walking. There are a couple of pretty little bridges and the creek is fun to explore year round. From the parking lot you can either follow the official trail or you can head left and ramble off trail through the wetlands. We tried this for the first time on our last visit and it was very pretty.

Note that the trail is usually well packed down and you shouldn't need snowshoes or anything. You might need ice cleats though if it hasn't snowed recently.

The wetlands are very pretty to explore if you venture beyond the official trail along Sinclair Creek 

5. Hike Sinclair Canyon


This trail officially puts you into the category of "winter hiking" and I wouldn't recommend it with exceptionally young children. You'll also want ice cleats or microspikes (especially if dropping down from the highway.)

There are two main ways to access the canyon and the first one is by far the easiest (and best for small children.)

HIking along Sinclair Creek in the bottom of Sinclair Canyon 

Access one: Drive down into the Canyon RV Resort  (the road is open in winter) and park beside the entrance to the "Creekside in the Canyon" property. Hike through the streets of Creekside, until you reach the trailhead for the Sinclair Canyon trail which follows Sinclair Creek.

And in case you're confused, yes, this is the same creek I wrote about above, but there is no tunnel under highway 95 so you can not access the canyon from the Sinclair Creek parking lot in the sawmill.

If you access the Sinclair Canyon Trail from the RV Resort you'll enjoy a pleasant walk on a relatively flat trail through a beautiful forest. (Tell the kids they're searching for elves or fairies and they'll definitely believe you.) The hike is less than a kilometre one way until you reach the end of the trail at a large waterfall.

Sinclair Canyon is a magical place in any season 


Access two: Take highway 93 up the hill towards the hot springs and park along the side of the highway at a viewpoint where you'll see a sign for the trail heading down into the canyon. The parking lot is just past the west gate and is on your left hand side as you leave Radium.

From here, you can expect a very steep descent down into the canyon which I don't recommend with young children in winter. The trail is very slippery so you'll need ice cleats or spikes for sure.

Once you reach the bottom you can hike left towards the RV resort or go right to see the waterfall. If you cross the bridge you'll be on the Juniper Trail which climbs to the hot springs pools. Unless you want to follow the Juniper Trail, return the same way you came by climbing back up to the highway.

Photo opp on the bridge at the bottom of Sinclair Canyon 


Extension for a more challenging hike: From the bottom of the canyon, cross the bridge and start climbing up the Juniper trail which gains 260 metres of height. The trail is 3.2 km long, one way, including the descent down from the highway.

The trail switchbacks steeply to a couple of beautiful viewpoints over the canyon and the highway before it drops back down to the hot springs pools.

HIking along the Juniper Trail from Sinclair Canyon 

I recommend returning to your initial parking lot on the Redstreak Campground Trail (3.2 km in length) which starts behind the hot springs pools. If the pools are still closed though, you'll have to hike back down the highway on the sidewalk (not a bad thing because it means you get to walk through the canyon that you would have driven through on your way into town.)

Viewpoint at the top of the Juniper Trail 
HIking through Sinclair Canyon beside the highway 

Follow this link for more information and trail descriptions for the Sinclair Canyon and Juniper Trails on the Parks Canada website.

There is also a great trail map that you can download at the bottom of the Parks Canada page.

Download a larger copy on the Parks Canada website 


6. Go for a Hike around the Redstreak Campground Trails


Using the map above you can see several trails that start from the Redstreak Campground. You can't drive all the way up to the campground in winter but you can get as far as the Valley View lookout. Park there and continue on foot. (Fortunately, most of the height gained on the climb up to the campground is before this viewpoint, and is done with your car.)

Trail options from Redstreak:
  1. Valley View  Trail  - Follow the trail from where you park your car up to the campground entrance. You can also see it on Trail Forks as the Lookout Trail. 

  2. Redstreak Restoration Interpretive Trail - This trail starts beside the large campground wood pile and can also be found on Trail Forks as the Pacemaker Trail and the Pacemaker Return Trail. The Pacemaker Trail follows a scenic bench that looks over the village. We've often seen sheep on this trail.

  3. Redstreak Loop Trail - This trail starts in the E loop and climbs to a gorgeous viewpoint over the village. It's a steep trail and you may want ice cleats or spikes if it's icy.

  4. Redstreak Campground Trail - You can take this trail to the hot springs if they are open. It's a pretty forest trail that we've always enjoyed.

Valley View Lookout at the winter gate before the Redstreak Campground 


7. Take a Day Trip to Invermere to Skate the Whiteway 



If you've fully explored Radium Hot Springs or your feet are getting tired from walking all over the village, grab your skates, jump in your car and head to the Community of Invermere, located beside Lake Windermere, and only a short 15 minute drive away.

"In 2014 the Lake Windermere Whiteway was named the world’s longest skating trail by Guinness World Records. At over 30 km in length, this multi-use trail offers ice-skating as well as groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails." - Toby Creek Nordic Club 

Ice skating on the Lake Windermere Whiteway 

Most families will park at Kinsman Beach in Invermere to access the Lake Windermere Whiteway and you can easily skate to the Community of Windermere approximately 6 km down the lake. When the skating trail on the west side of the lake is open, you can complete a 12 km loop between the two communities.

My family personally likes to access the Whiteway from the public beach in Windermere so that we can skate to Invermere for lunch. We bring our boots with us in a backpack so we can walk across the road from Kinsman Beach to reach the Station Pub, a great family-friendly restaurant.

Day use fees are requested, $5 per person, to use the Whiteway, and can be paid at either of the trail kiosks in Invermere or Windermere.

One of our favourite ways to spend a day in the Columbia Valley!


Also in the area:

If you drive up the road towards Panorama Mountain Resort, you'll also be able to access the Lake Lillian Whiteway, located just 10 minutes outside of Invermere. This small lake has a 3 km ski loop, set for classic or skate skiing.

This is one of the best places in the Columbia Valley for an easy family cross-country ski outing (and because you're on a lake, the trail is 100% flat and beginner-friendly.)

Learning to ski on the Lake Lillian Whiteway outside Invermere 


8. Take a Day Trip to Panorama Mountain Resort


We absolutely LOVE Panorama Mountain Resort and we visit the resort at least 2-3 times every winter to either go downhill skiing or to explore the nordic trails on our cross-country skis.

The resort is located a short 20 minutes from Invermere and is an easy day trip from Radium Hot Springs.

Mornings are magical on the slopes of Panorama!

You can read all about the resort in my previous stories:

Read: Find it ALL at Panorama Mountain Resort

Read: Family Guide to Panorama Mountain Resort 

Read: Panorama Mountain Resort - (much more than downhill skiing)



We love cross-country skiing up to the Hale Hut at Panorama Mountain Resort 

9. Take a Day Trip to Fairmont Hot Springs 


While the Radium Hot Springs pools are closed, this will be your best bet for a hot soak, and the resort is only 30 minutes south from Radium. We love the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort pools and kids will have fun in the large warm swimming pool. The hot soaking pool and the swimming pool are also side by side so you can watch your competent swimmers from the hot pool.

You can't go wrong with a relaxing day trip to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort 

If you enjoy downhill skiing, you'll also find a great family-friendly resort here that is very affordable. The hot pools are included with all lift passes as well.

Read more about our winter adventures at Fairmont Hot Springs here:

Read: 5 Reasons you Need to Visit Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with your Family 

Family-friendly ski resort at Fairmont Hot Springs (Credit : Fairmont Hot Springs Resort)


10. Take a Day Trip to Nipika Mountain Resort 


Nipika Mountain Resort  is an eco resort set amid a large trail network maintained for cross-country skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing in the winter months. In summer you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and trail running.

The resort is located 40 minutes east of Radium Hot Springs and it's a great place to visit on your drive back to Calgary because you'll take Highway 93 back into Kootenay National Park to access the resort.

Skiing over the Natural Bridge at Nipika Mountain Resort


Nipika has 50 km of trails groomed and maintained for classic and skate skiing. You'll also find 30 km of trails groomed for fat biking along with other trails designated for winter hiking or snowshoeing.

We enjoy both cross-country skiing and fat biking here and you can rent any equipment that you need including fat bikes. They even have two youth fat bikes (one 20 inch bike and one 24 inch bike.)

The trails are always meticulously cared for and you won't find better grooming in the Columbia Valley.


Fat biking at Nipika Mountain Resort

Where to Stay in Radium Hot Springs 


We just spent a weekend in Radium and loved our stay at the Bighorn Meadows Resort, centrally located within walking distance to everything in the village.

Our recommendation for lodging in Radium Hot Springs

We had a luxurious two-bedroom townhouse that backed onto the Springs Golf Course and we could watch bighorn sheep right outside our kitchen window in the morning.

We loved having a walk up townhouse where we could park right outside our door and easily unload the car when we arrived. Our unit was also very close to the hot tubs so we could run out the door for a soak after we got home from skiing on Saturday.

This beauty was walking across the golf course right outside our townhouse

You'll see lots of sheep when you stay at the Bighorn Meadows Resort 


Features of our townhouse included:

  • 3 bathrooms

  • 3 televisions and a DVD player with the main television in the living room. (You can rent movies from the office if you didn't bring your own.)

  • A fully equipped kitchen so that you can save money on eating out

  • 2 bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed

  • A pull out sofa in the living room (so in theory we could have fit 6 people in our unit)

  • We loved that the bedrooms were upstairs so our son could go to bed early while we stayed downstairs without bothering him

  • In-suite laundry (which would have been useful for a longer trip)

  • An electric fireplace

  • A BBQ on a deck overlooking the golf course


A look at the townhouse we stayed in at Bighorn Meadows Resort 

We loved being able to walk all around town from our townhouse looking for wildlife, accessing the trails, and exploring the quiet village. We walked all over the golf course looking for bighorn sheep, we walked downtown to the coffee shop, and we easily walked over to the playground and sledding hill - all without having to hop in our car.

Bighorn Meadows Resort, located on the Springs Golf Course in Radium Hot Springs

We honestly could have parked our car Friday night and spent the whole weekend in town without ever having to drive anywhere.

In the summer, there's also an outdoor swimming pool at the resort which would add even more incentive to stay at this resort.

The resort has two outdoor hot tubs (open year round) and an outdoor swimming pool (in the summer)


Disclaimer: Our stay at the Bighorn Meadows Resort was hosted by the resort. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

All photos used in this story are my own (unless otherwise credited.)

We have personally enjoyed all of the activities mentioned in this story and I have written from my own personal experience. 

Parting shot of bighorn sheep freely roaming the golf course outside the Bighorn Meadows Resort


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