Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
At Nipika Mountain Resort in Kootenay National Park
9200 Settlers Road, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada
Nipika Mountain Resort
(250-342-6516, 877-647-4525 www.nipika.com
in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia borders the Assiniboine Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies with 1,500 acres of wilderness recreational playground. There are 80 km of trails groomed for classic and skate xc skiing and 100% of the resort activities are self-propelled nonmotorized recreation including xc skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, paddling, ice skating, and tobogganing. Nipika Mountain Resort is the ultimate eco-resort, generating all of its electricity using green technology and offering self-sufficient cabin accommodations.
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Nipika has rental equipment for xc skiing ($25 Cdn per day) and snowshoeing ($20 Cdn) and there are child pulks available. Lessons are $40 Cdn for adults xc skiing (classic or skating) and $30 Cdn for youth under 13; private lessons ar $60 for adults and $45 for kids under 13. Half day interpretive snowshoe tours are guided for $50 for adults and $40 for youth (12 and under). Add taxes to all prices. Beginners and intermediates will like the trails along the Cross River, while the Natural Bridge trail is more for intermediates and advanced skiers.
Sit by the outdoor firepit to roast marshmallows and listen to the howling wolves in the distance. There are 8 hand-built cabins on the property that can accommodate between 2-13 guests, respectively. Nipika has 13 buildings and 70 beds on site. The lodge has 4 bedrooms and all of the lodging is fully equipped with kitchen facilities and dining rooms. There are private baths, wood burning stoves, and propane furnaces. Electric power depends on solar energy and a micro-hydro system, which is backed up by a propane charging unit. There is no restaurant on site. Nipika is pet friendly and welcomes pets for $15 per night.
Nipika is close to 7 Alpine ski resorts and the Canmore Nordic Centre (site of the xc ski events at the 1988 Calgary Olympics). There is a hot mineral springs pool in Radium Hot Springs only 32 km away. In the other seasons, Nipika has mountian bikes (rentals with helmets are $30 Cdn), whitewater rafting, and guided canoe or kayak trips down the Kootenay River.
Directions: Highway 93 is between Radium Hot Springs, BC (32 km south) and Banff, Alberta (114 km north) Follow the signs on Settlers Road.