Thursday, November 19, 2020

Book a Family Stay & Ski Getaway at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort this Winter

Discover how much fun winter can be when you plan a Stay & Ski Getaway to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in neighboring British Columbia. 

"Winter at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is always exciting and the accessibility of activities is supreme.

Invermere boasts the 30-plus kilometre Whiteway skate pathway and here at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort we have a family-friendly ski hill with 13 diverse runs, a ski chalet, ongoing ski hill activities and the largest natural mineral hot springs in Canada to melt away the cold. 

During the magic of the Holiday season, the festivities are unending, and we are fortunate enough to be graced with stopovers from the beloved St. Nicholas himself!" - Fairmont Hot Springs Resort 

Winter is magical at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Discover Fairmont Hot Springs Resort this Winter

The resort community of Fairmont Hot Springs is located approximately 3 hours from Calgary across the BC border in the Columbia Valley. It's conveniently close for a short 2-night weekend getaway, or you can plan a more relaxed trip and make it a long weekend.

The resort offers a variety of accommodation choices from fully equipped cabins to lodge rooms and suites (some with lofts and kitchenettes,) to year round campsites for those with winterized RVs. 

You can browse the collection of  resort rooms here. And all stays at the resort include complimentary access to the hot springs pools.

My family personally loves the Mountain View Cabins and you can read about our previous stay here.

"Perfect for longer stays with your family and located a short walk from the main Lodge and our natural mineral hot springs pools, these 2 bedroom Mountain View Cabins have a queen size bed in one bedroom and a set of single bunk beds in the second as well as a full kitchen. Enjoy spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains from your own private deck."

If camping is more your style (or to your budget) check out the Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort where you can book nightly power-only stays during the winter season.

Monthly winter RV stays include Free Wi-Fi, two complimentary hot springs pool passes, discounts on additional pool passes, and discounts on ski passes. 

Stay in a cozy cabin at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort this Winter

World Famous Natural Mineral Hot Springs

Spend your day playing in the snow and then come back to the resort to warm up in the mineral hot springs pools. The resort has a warm swimming pool along with a hot soaking pool located side by side. Resort guests get complimentary access to the pools with their stay.

And during these uncertain times, know that the resort is following all provincial health guidelines. There is a guest-exclusive pool that is only available to resort guests and holds a maximum of 12 people at one time. The regular hot springs complex can accommodate a maximum of 100 people and the public is not allowed to enter during "guest exclusive" times to ensure resort guests have plenty of time to enjoy the pools each day.

Got kids that love swimming? Take them to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort this Winter (Credit FHSR)

Fairmont's Family Friendly Ski Area

The Fairmont ski resort is located a short drive up from the hotel and has a total of 13 runs ranging in difficulty from green to black, with two terrain parks, and a tube park.

There is one triple chairlift and beginners will also enjoy riding the Happy Trails Platter Lift to access short easy runs near the day lodge.

While the resort only has a vertical of 304 metres, it's a great hill to learn on, it's affordable for families, and the longest run is 1.5 km long - which isn't bad for a beginner skier making his/her way down a mountain.

Most of the runs are groomed but skiers wanting more of a challenge will find it on the black runs where you will definitely find moguls, glades, and the "real deal" for downhill skiing.

The Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area is perfect for the whole family! (Credit: FHSR)

My family also loves the cozy day lodge, the family-friendly lounge, Desperados, and we've had a lot of fun on the tube park.

Best of all for resort guests, you can spend your day skiing and then return to the hotel to warm up in the hot pools, open exclusively to resort guests from 2:00 - 4:30 pm each afternoon. Finish up in the pools, head back to the lodge for dinner, and then head back to the pools in the evening for a final soak before bed. (The pools are again open exclusively to resort guests from 7:30 - 9:00 pm each evening.)

And again, the ski area is following all provincial COVID safety guidelines. Read about the special protocol measures here.

Note if you've skied here before, ski and soak passes are not available this year to the public. If you visit the ski area for the day as a non-resort visitor, you can choose to visit the hot pools when they open to the public from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (which would make for a great end to the day when combined with dinner at the resort - where all restaurants are open to the public.)

The Ski hill is scheduled to open on December 18th, 2020 this season.

Try Tubing at the Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Area with your Family

Book a Stay & Ski Getaway at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Stay 2 nights + receive 2 Full Day Adult Ski Lift Tickets Per Day Per Stay + receive $100 CAD Resort Credit to enjoy in the fabulous restaurants at Fairmont Hot Springs.

It's the perfect winter getaway for a family (when booking your accommodation, add your children to receive child / youth lift tickets.)

The package is offered from Dec 18,2020 (when the ski hill is scheduled to open) until March 31, 2021.

Book your Stay & Ski Getaway here

Book a Stay & Ski Getaway at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort this Winter

Enjoy the Holidays at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Celebrate the magic of  the Christmas holidays at the "Holiday Lights & Winter Nights Festival" at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. This festival is for resort guests only and runs from December 4th, 2020 through January 1st, 2021.

If you time it right, you can enjoy both the Holiday Festival and a Stay & Ski Getaway at the resort if you plan your visit after the ski hill opens on December 18th.

For more information on the Holiday Lights & Winter Nights Festival, read the description from the FHSR website below:


Celebrate the Holidays with us in our magical winter wonderland, re-connect with family and friends and create lasting memories. 

Wander around the mountain lodge decorated with twinkling holiday lights and melt into the spirit of the season. Enjoy the outdoor light displays, a visit with Santa, tons of fun activities for all ages and special food & beverage events during this festive time, your new family winter tradition!"


December is a magical time to visit Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Credit: FHSR)

Holiday Events and Activities will include:

  • Fun family activities such as Campfire & Marshmallows, Crafts, Guided Snowshoe Tours (weather dependent), Chocolate Making Workshops & Christmas Bulb Painting

  • An Official Light-Up Ceremony at Santa’s Cabin and Photos with Santa in his sleigh on December 11th & 12th 

  • A Fabulous 3-Course Holiday Dinner at the Ski Hill Chalet and Antlers at the lodge

  • Activities at the ski hill including an Elf Hunt, Campfire & Games

  • A New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Physical distancing will be in place for all activities this holiday season.

Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Fairmont Hot Springs while soaking in the hot pools

Want to Stay at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort before the Ski Season begins? 

BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan residents will enjoy up to 50% off regular room rates on 2 Night Stays up to December 17th (perfect for enjoying the holiday festival!)

"Black-out dates apply and this offer is based on a limited number of rooms available, so book now before they’re gone!"

There are several natural pools to discover when you visit Fairmont Hot Springs

Explore the Area around Fairmont Hot Springs

There are many multi-use trails around the resort for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat biking. You can rent a pair of snowshoes from the Fairmont Resort Activity & Experience Center, located beside the check-in desk. They have sizes for adults and children (4-12 yrs.) They can also get you set up with a map and directions for a great trail.

You can also take a day trip to skate on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, the world's longest skating path looping the lake between the communities of  Invermere and Windermere. 

My family usually parks in Windermere at the public beach to skate and we stop for lunch in Invermere at the Station Pub, conveniently located across the road from Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. (Bring your boots or shoes in a backpack to change into for the walk over.) We have lunch and then we skate back to Windermere. It's always a fun day and the skating loop is 12 km.

Skate the Lake Windermere Whiteway this Winter

This story was written in partnership with Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For more information on the resort please visit their website directly

Please remember to travel responsibly this winter. Obey all travel restrictions for your province, be kind to our neighbors in British Columbia, and stay home if you are sick or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are required to self-isolate please do not travel.

Also, contact the resort directly to inquire about cancelation policies  in the event that your family needs to postpone your trip due to illness or quarantine orders.