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Are you searching for that holiday gift for the outdoor lover on your list, or seeking places to go outside this Fall and Early Winter?
The Canadian Rockies, the Powder Highway in British Columbia and beyond, make perfect road trip destinations before the crowds of late December descend to the area to celebrate the holiday season.
Check out these outdoor mountain towns and pair them with the right gear to get your adventure on.
Powder time on the Powder Highway- Kimberley, Fernie, and Kicking Horse
Early turns, can’t beat’em. Most people wait until later in the season to start their ski season, while missing some of the early season epic storms and most importantly the feeling of having the slopes to yourself.
Watch the weather forecasts, get that place booked and enjoy freshies. Family adventure combo, the place where you can cross country, fat bike, snowshoe and alpine ski, Kimberley, BC, mountains of adventure, Fernie, BC, and for those seeking terrain to challenge themselves, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, is calling.
Gear to have: Check out the new lineup from Rossignol, if you are heading to Kicking Horse or Fernie, you would like the Rossignol Sender Free 110, a real big mountain all around ski, from steep chutes, to freshies, this will outperform.
Kick up some snow with Snowshoes in Golden, BC
Check out the Golden Nordic Club, Dawn Mountain Trails, which offers a variety of snowshoe only trails, like the Morning Glory loop, enjoy snow walk goodness.
Gear to have: MSR Revo Trail Snowshoes, most importantly are easy to install, lightweight and make the snow walk a treat. If you like, try the MSR DynaLock Explore Series poles, lightweight, collapsible and superior strength to assist you up and down the rolling hill sections.
Nordic now in Fernie, BC
With over 40 km of trails to choose from five locations, four within town and one option at the Fernie Alpine Resort, just a short drive away, you can kick, stride, and glide until your heart’s content in Fernie, BC. Credit to the dedicated crew at the Fernie Nordic Society who have been working hard to maintain the trails and offer a variety of trail options.
Gear to have: Add the Onset Merino 240 base layer, to wick moisture away from your body while you go for it on the trails. After that, Fernie is a flannel friendly place, so go Outdoor Research Feedback Flannel Twill Shirt, and enjoy that Fernie Brewing Company craft Headwall Hazy Pale Ale in style.
Mountain Town time around Kimberley, BC
Check out Kimberley, British Columbia, one of Canada’s only car free main streets, lined with cool shops and good eats, is just one of the reasons to be here. Don’t forget to pack your adventure tools (if need any gear check out Purcell Outdoors), fat bike for enjoying groomed trail network (don’t worry if don’t have one as rentals available at Black Dog Cycle and Ski), cross country ski the 30 km of groomed set track at one of the best Nordic centers’ in BC, Kimberley Nordic Club, and or winter trail walk, run or exercise the pooch, in the Kimberley Nature Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Canada.
Gear to have: Pack boots, like LaCrosse Mesquite Boots, made for cold, snow and wet for getting around town, and enjoying that craft beer at Grist and Mash Brewery, specializing in west coast and Belgian beers.
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