Take a Kimberley skiing holiday in British Columbia with The Co-operative Travel, and discover many different kinds of treasures that were first unearthed by the prospectors who founded the town over a century ago. Known as the 'Bavarian city of the Rockies', Kimberley combines old European style with great Canadian hospitality in a town which is a must to take in while on a winter ski holiday with The Co-operative Travel. More a cross-country than a downhill skiing area, Kimberley ski resort sits in the shadow of a mountain which has 80 established ski runs, one-fifth of these graded for beginners. The winter climate boasts masses of both blue sky and snow, showing off the town to its best advantage, and encouraging visitors to explore, whether skiing fans or not. The gentler slopes also mean a Kimberley skiing holiday offers the chance to try a range of other snow-based pursuits, including snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and, for a bird¿s eye view of the spectacular mountain and its surroundings, heli tours. Following the mine's closure in 2001, Kimberley underwent a full-scale transformation into a modern resort which offers year-round attractions, but thanks to its imposing setting and regular, reliable snow cover, has become a winter sports favourite.
One of the closest ski resorts to its local airport, Kimberley offers quick and easy transfers into the heart of the winter sports action, and a good range of hotels, lodges and other accommodation, tailored for every pocket, and including real ski-in, ski-out facilities for those who want to maximise their time on the slopes. The downtown area of Kimberley is modelled on a genuine Alpine ski resort, and sits in the shadow of the North Star Mountain. At its heart is the German-themed Platzl, which offers lots of shopping and dining opportunities in a traffic-free environment which, by night, becomes a perfect spot for a romantic candle-lit dinner. Off the slopes, don't miss a ride on the preserved underground mining railway, or a visit to the Cominco Gardens with their dazzling array of flowers and plants - all kept nourished on the fertiliser produced by the company which lends its name to the gardens. What a Kimberley winter holiday will offer you in spades is an experience of an area created by a vital industry, which has used its riches to create a bespoke resort suitable for the whole family and catering for their every need. So put Kimberley on your list this year, and check with The Co-operative Travel for availability on your chosen holiday dates. It's a magical winter break that will charm all the family.