This is the year we finally got into skiing. After a few one off trips to ski hills with rental equipment, we made the plunge to buy the kids their own gear and get a seasons’ pass to a local hill so we could get out a couple of times a week.

We’ve hit that hill a bunch since it opened in November and the boys got their skills to a point where a weekend in the real mountains, staying in a ski in ski out alpine lodge could happen.

Just over 4 hours west of Calgary is Kimberley Alpine Resort, a great small town ski hill that’s going through a bit of a rebirth. When the local mine closed in 2000, the town went all in on tourism and it shows.

With long sweeping runs for skiers of varying ability, a great program of ski camps and lessons for kids, as well as guides offering free daily tours of the mountain, Kimberley is the perfect place to settle in for a weekend of family skiing.

Trickle Creek Lodge offers spacious suites with full kitchens, a separated bedroom, and a location that puts you a few dozen steps from the Kimberley Alpine Resort chairlift to start your day.

Zacharie strapped in a private lesson to finally learn how to ride his front side edge through a big S-turn, while Charlie tackled a blue run for the first time ever.

Achievements unlocked!

Skiing at a local hill has been a great way for us to discover a new sport together and spend time with a family. Now that the boys are getting good enough to handle a road trip to “real” mountains, it adds an entirely new world of weekend escapes and vacation opportunities for our family.

Start planning your trip now at SkiKimberley.com!

READ THE REST OF MY KIMBERLEY ALPINE RESORT FOR FAMILIES POST AT SNOWSEEKERS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR FREE MOUNTAIN GUIDES, CHOCOLATE FONDUE SNOWSHOEING TRIPS, AND WHERE TO FIND MUCKY FRIES. 

Disclosure: I was on assignment with Snow Seekers for this article

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