Hey! The Kootenay Huts are in the Rocky Mountains.  Anytime you visit the area, you have to deal with gravity.  Climb to the top of  mountain passes on your bike riding through world class terrain, take a mountain bike ride of a lifetime in the lush Kootenay forest, skin up a mountain for epic and wild ski runs in the legendary Kootenay powder, lace up your boots and hike up the peaks for a look at the view and the amazing alpine wildflowers. There are also mechanical ways to defy gravity: sleds, ATV, chair lifts, catskiing, etc.  All pointless endeavours… that are so much fun.  Of course,visitors to the Kootenays must adapt their adventures to their skill level, their tastes and the season.

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Local hang-gliding enthusiasts rave about the terrain in the Ymir area.

Mountain Biking

The region offers mountain biking trails for bikers of all skill levels. For example, Nelson is known for its expert level hilly and technical trails. And the Rossland area has more to offer to the budding mountain biker as well as exceptional trails to the expert rider! For more information see:

Road biking

Road biking enthusiasts can share the roads of some world-class circuits with courteous drivers and the best views around!

  • Strawberry Pass
  • Bombi Pass
  • Kootenay Pass
  • East Shore (Creston – Crawford Bay)
  • Retallack Pass
  • Selkirk Loop
  • Waneta – NorthPort (WA) – Rossland
  • Nelson North-shore
  • Grand Forks Cycling Club

Canoe & kayak

For whitewater aficionados, the Slocan and Salmo rivers offer some excellent rapids.

Endless Adventure



Downhill Skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort

With an international reputation, Whitewater Ski Resort offers intermediate and expert terrain in an ideal environment for powder buffs. Skiers can take advantage of backcountry skiing conditions, with the perk of riding to the top in comfort. This ski resort is also the gateway to the region’s mythical backcountry. The café has a gourmet menu.

Skiing at Red Mountain Prestigious Ski Resort

Red offers very technical terrain with great snow conditions.

Downhill Skiing at Salmo ski Hill

Small locally owned ski hill that offers night skiing – very fun on a powder day!

Cat Skiing

A few cat skiing operations offer great opportunities to ski the deep powder in the backcountry.

Backcountry skiing

The Kootenay area is world renowed for backcountry skiing. Of course, anyone wanting to partake in back country skiing should have the apropriate knowledge and equipment.

Cross country skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort

This downhill resort also offers 13 cross-country trails that are well-groomed for both skating and classic skiing, totalling 15 km.

Cross country skiing at Nelson Nordic Ski Club

This centre offers 30 km of well-maintained trails for both skating and classic skiing. It is also open for night skiing. Very friendly atmosphere.

Snowshoeing at Whitewater Ski Resort

This downhill resort also offers snowshoeing trails.

Year Round

ATV’s and snowmobiles

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Bed: The old rail bed has been transformed into a multi-use trail that links Nelson to Salmo and allows in certain zones,  all-terrain vehicles to access the various valleys leading to the fabulous backcountry this region has a lot to offer.