Luxurious, Four-Star Retreat Nestled in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains
Located amid the Purcell Mountains and at the base of Kimberley Alpine Resort, the four-star Mountain Spirit Resort awaits skiers descending from the powdery slopes. Crafted from timber and stone, the ski-in, ski-out lodge is equal parts elegance and rustic mountain charm. Here, you could spend the morning in a spa tub, the afternoon exploring the spectacular wilderness surrounding Kimberley, and the evening enjoying dinner at one of the village’s nearby restaurants.
The resort's rustic wooden portico provides a sheltered pathway to Mountain Spirit's lobby, which is warmed by a massive, double-sided fireplace. Well-appointed suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the resort's heated outdoor pool and the soaring Kootenay Rockies. The resort also uses geothermal heating and cooling, which helped the property earn a 4 Green Key eco rating.
In the morning, wake up to breakfast prepared in the en suite kitchen. Deer often gather on the grounds to forage for their own meals, trotting into the woods in the morning. While you’re here, you can snowshoe through 1,800 acres of mountain trails or ski down the powder on Kimberley Alpine Resort's 80 trails. In warmer seasons, kayaking and whitewater rafting in snow-fed waters are both popular activities, as is a round of golf on a mountainside course.
Kimberley, British Columbia: Alpine Charm and Outdoor Adventure
Kimberley complements mountain-village charm with year-round outdoor adventures. The town’s Underground Mining Railway is a train attraction that chugs through Mark Creek Valley's scenic landscape as guides reveal historical tidbits about the town's late-19th-century roots as a mining center. In town, pedestrians walk through the Platzl shopping center, which boasts quaint boutiques, Bavarian architecture, and Canada's largest freestanding cuckoo clock. Beyond the picturesque town, mountainous topography and abundant waterways make for excellent horseback riding and fly-fishing. In the winter, visitors can ski down one of British Columbia's top mountains or mush through the snowscape on a dogsled tour.