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. 

2021 - 2022 Covid Vaccination and Masking Requirements

Note that as of fall 2021, full vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all stays at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. You can not stay at the resort, visit the restaurants, or soak in the hot pools without proof of vaccination (for all individuals over the age of 12.) Bring your vaccine records with you and don't forget your photo ID.

Masks are also required at all times inside the resort other than when you are in your personal room or sitting at a restaurant table. Masks are not required while using the hot pools.


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. The hot springs pools can normally accommodate upwards of 400 people but due to safety protocol around the ongoing pandemic, the pools are only open to resort guests (and not the public.) This keeps numbers down in the pools and allows for more space between visitors.

There is also a small guest-exclusive pool similar to a large resort hot tub that is always reserved for guests only. I like coming here with my morning coffee in a travel mug.


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 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.

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

The Ski hill usually opens by mid December each season just in time for Christmas.

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


Book a Stay & Ski Getaway at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort



Fairmont often offers special stay and ski packages where you'll enjoy a 2 night stay along with lift tickets for the ski hill. The hot springs of course are included for unlimited visits and sometimes you'll also receive resort credit to use at the restaurants.

Typically these packages are offered during the ski season from mid December until the end of March. Check with the resort closer to December for more information.


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, 2021 through January 1st, 2022.

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 in December.

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

"LET THERE BE LIGHT! 

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 usually 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 (dates to be released for 2021)

  • 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


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. 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 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. 



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