Kamloops is the BC interior’s ultimate four-season destination, where real places and rough edges are the norm. Home to two ski hills within a 45-minute drive and eight diverse golf courses that begin to open in early March, this serendipitous overlap creates a rare opportunity for hitting the slopes and slaying the links in the same day.
Grab the clubs and the skis, and make your way to Kamloops this spring to tick a moguls-and-mulligans holiday off the bucket list.
Manifest a morning of moguls At Kamloops’ two ski resorts – first chair breakfast laps are a real thing, and the challenge is to see how many runs you can ski before noon.
Located just 20 minutes from Kamloops, Harper Mountain has been a family-owned-and-operated ski resort for over 40 years, offering 1,400 vertical feet of elevation on over 400 acres of skiable terrain.
If travelling light is your gig, the staff here can gear you up with equipment rentals if needed.
Après-ski occurs in the rustic lodge with a full hot food menu, hot chocolate and a renowned mulled wine — best enjoyed cosied up by a large, wood-burning fireplace.
If exploring like a local is your jam, stay in Kamloops and ski at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada’s second largest ski area.
Located 45 minutes north of Kamloops, carve into the BC Interior’s light, dry snow via 13 lifts and 137 trails, including 19 gladed areas.
Grab lunch and tour the resort’s European-style, ski-through village before warming up for your afternoon round. Sun Peaks’ quaint village is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants perfect for après-ski.
From ski to tee early this year
Are your legs burning from big laps of cord turns? It’s time to give your arms a workout swinging for birdies on the golf course.
While our neighbours to the east in Alberta won’t be hitting the greens until mid-May, Kamloops typically sees low elevation courses such as The Dunes and Rivershore Golf Links opening early March. These openings are followed closely behind by Eagle Point Golf Club, The Kamloops Golf & Country Club, Bighorn Golf & Country Club, and BC’s top-ranked Tobiano Golf Course and Talking Rock Golf Course.
You can swing without crowds; the dress code is relaxed and the vibe is friendly. Golf in Kamloops is just pure fun!
With plenty of spring sunshine, amazing conditions and an eight-month golf season, Kamloops offers an unparalleled golf and ski getaway this spring.
Make it a hat-trick
If a ski in the morning and a round of golf in the afternoon somehow isn’t enough, head for the hills (the dirt hills, that is) and mountain bike Kamloops’ classic single track.
Kamloops is world renowned as the birthplace of freeriding and recognized for its diverse trails. So, take advantage of early spring riding in BC’s interior at Lac du Bois Grasslands — the first riding area to open for the season.
Whether your goal is conquering this outdoor trifecta, or a double or solo sports adventure, March in Kamloops is fantastic. So, board a plane, start the car, or hop on the bus and make your way to Kamloops for an epic spring adventure.
Learn more at tourismkamloops.com
This story first appeared in SOAR magazine, the in-flight magazine of Pacific Coastal Airlines. Read the full issue here.
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