The stillness of winter is punctuated by a flurry of outdoor activities throughout the Kootenay Lake region. Legendary powder makes Whitewater Ski Resort and nearby ski touring areas a bucket list destination for skiers. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in Nelson and Kaslo offers family friendly recreation, while indoor and outdoor skating rinks are ideal for a classic Canadian pastime.

Colourful Christmas markets and brightly decorated historic main streets and boutique shops welcome the holiday season. February features the famous Coldsmoke Powder Festival,  celebrating winter in true Kootenay style. Dozens of charming cafes, brewpubs and restaurants invite visitors to indulge in apres-ski all season long. 

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