Celebrate Winter in all its Glory
From early December to the end of March, winter wraps its arms around our valley. It creates a wondrous setting where you’ll find mountains covered in tons of snowy white awesomeness. It’s perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Rivers and lakes that once ran wild magically transform into outdoor skating rinks and ice-fishing holes. It’s tranquil here this time of year. It is perfect for getting off the grid (if only for a little while) and playing outside. Come for a visit and you’ll discover a valley chock full of adventures, some mild, some wild, and some in between.
Top ways to experience winter
- Create your own thermal heat, snow-tubing or tobogganing Manning Park’s Polar Coaster
- Make pretend you’re Gretzky at the local pick-up game of shinny
- Burn calories and stay warm snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at China Ridge Trails
- Take a sip of warm, steaming cocoa from a street-side vendor waiting for Santa’s arrival at the annual Christmas parade
- Snuggle up with your honey on a moonlit sleigh ride through the countryside surrounding Keremeos
- Celebrate the holidays at winery open houses, one special weekend each December
- Discover the magic of a moonlit cross-country ski at China Ridge Trails and Manning Park
- Catch some air and carve fresh tracks, then snowmobile to your favourite lunch spot
- Marvel at the absolute solitude of fishing frozen lakes amidst a snow covered forest
- Strap on your skates and go for a glide over frozen lakes, ponds and rivers
Get outside for some backcountry sledding and downhill skiing. Join in a pick-up game of shinny and then have fun at our winery holiday open houses. Don’t forget our light up celebrations at towns throughout the valley. There are plenty of events to help you embrace our coldest months. So come and visit. Bundle up and get outside and celebrate winter in all its chilling, tingle-inducing glory.
Sledders like it steep and deep. On the snowmobile trails from Princeton to Olalla, we’ve got plenty of sparkling, steep and deep snow to go around. The BC Snowmobile Federation is your best source for local clubs and organized rides. Come and take on our adrenaline fueled trails and wide-open plains buried deep with Similkameen powder. Nothing beats the freedom of exploring the backcountry on sleds, except for maybe the exhausted and happy feeling you have after carving fresh tracks over new fallen snow.
Riders, sliders and gliders will find plenty of unplugged fun at Manning Park Resort. There are over 70,000 hectares of rugged winter wilderness that make playing in the snow almost as much fun as when you were a kid. Get outside and ski or ride downhill. Breathe in the fresh air and glide along 30-kms of Nordic trails or hit the backcountry trails. You may be surprised when you encounter others out here. Out of cell range and a bit off the radar, a day spent playing in Manning Park is the perfect antidote to busy life.
For the 2019/2020 winter season, Apex, near Penticton, currently has reciprocal deals allowing their season pass holders to receive two free lift tickets with Mt. Baldy, Manning Park, Seymour and Mt. Washington. SilverStar Mountain Resort has set-up reciprocal deals with various resorts with up to a 25% discount off your single-day lift tickets, at Manning Park.
China Ridge Trails — Princeton
For family friendly fun, it’s hard to beat a day at China Ridge Trails. Bluebird sky days and dry, powdery snow create an ideal winter playground. We like to say we’re anti-spandex here, so grab your skinny skis or snowshoes and we’ll see you on the trails! Daytime or nighttime, nothing beats making fresh tracks on new-fallen snow, except maybe sharing the experience with man’s best friend. We have 20 kilometres of K-9 trails at China Ridge, so bring Fido along to frolic in the snow.
The crisp winter air brings a rosy glow to your cheeks while you ice-skate in our great outdoors. The Similkameen’s environment is just right for creating a memorable outdoor skating experience.Lace up and feel the cool wind on your cheeks as you glide on lakes, ponds and recreational rinks, (there’s a covered rink in Tulameen) twirling and skating in the shadows of mountains. Connect with locals in the most Canadian of all ways – show up at the rink with your hockey stick for an impromptu game of shinny and you’ll soon see why we’re a country obsessed with the sport.
Winery Open Houses
It may be cold outside but inside our local wineries, the first weekend in December offers all the warmth of the season with a special Christmas Open House. Raise a glass to the winemaker pouring for you and discover why Similkameen grown grapes make our wine so noteworthy.