With easy and intermediate runs, plus a few scarily steep blacks, Kimberley is a good all-round ski spot...
Kimberley does not have a particularly large ski area. But small and family friendly as it is, there are still challenges to be found for both intermediate and advanced level skiers and snowboarders.
There are, for example, a fair few more expert runs, including a couple of knuckle-bitingly steep blacks, and on a powder day (of which there are lots throughout the season thanks to the heavy snowfall) there's a huge range of fun off-piste to explore.
And more advanced snowboarders have the choice of either heading to the jumps and rails of the recently expanded terrain park, or joining the more expert skiers in enjoying the natural obstacles of the off-piste routes - many of which wind through the trees.
Resort height: 1,230m
On the front side of the mountain, meanwhile, beginner skiers and boarders can enjoy long, wide-open runs perfectly groomed for cruising and carving pleasure.
Visitors of all abilities will also appreciate the general lack of lift queues and the excellent grooming of the pisted slopes accessible from Kimberley.
Castlegar airport is about three and a half hours' drive from Kimberley...
However, you won't be able to fly there directly from the UK. Most flights from London go via Vancouver.
The ski area is very well suited to intermediate skiers although there are plenty of steeper options for the more advanced skier...
In short, Kimberley is a small resort that will nevertheless appeal to every type of skier or snowboarder - making it a good choice for mixed ability groups.
Kimberley is not exactly kicking when the sun starts to go down, but it is a very pretty base for a family ski holiday...
Friendly and functional, Kimberley is not the resort for you if you want to round off your days of skiing or boarding with wild parties. There are some bars specialising in après-ski, for example the Steamwinder Pub, but you may well find the ambience a bit cheesy for your European taste. When it comes to eating, however, there is a range of restaurants to choose from, including Mingles' Grill and Kelsey's Restaurant for bar food.
If you don't want to ski, the activities open to you in Kimberley include snowmobiling, dog-sledding, bowling and snow-shoeing. Non-skiers for whom the only issue with downhill skiing is the downhill bit can also try their hand at cross-country skiing. There's not much culture to be found, though.
Cost of living 6/10
Kimberley is not a cheap resort in terms of accommodation and general local services, although the prices won't shock anyone who usually skis in the Alps. There is the long-haul flight to take into account, however.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
Home to what is thought to be Canada's biggest cuckoo clock, the bijou resort of Kimberley is mainly made up of wooden buildings. The nearby town of the same name, meanwhile, is a former mining town that belies its past by looking more like a Bavarian mountain town.