Head north to snowy British Columbia for the three-day Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival at Whitewater Ski Area and in Nelson, BC, February 21-23, 2020! This annual event is a weekend celebration of everything backcountry for everyone from beginner to expert skiers or splitboarders.

Photo: Phil Best. All photos courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort

Take clinics in the epic Whitewater backcountry and experience in-bounds clinics all taught by expert instructors. Don’t miss one of the best gatherings of ski and snowboard demo gear in the Northwest, and if you’re feeling competitive, take part in the ROAM Randonee ski mountaineering race. And a gathering of backcountry snow riders wouldn’t be complete without a party. You’ll definitely want to make it to the Bush Party on Saturday evening, organized by Kootenay Mountain Culture. Explore the local arts and mountain culture scene in Nelson, whilst sampling local beers, tasting delicious food, and mingling with top names in the winter sports industry.

The Coldsmoke Demo Village

One of the largest in the industry, The Coldsmoke Village boasts a large variety of vendors with an extensive quiver of next years’ sliding devices to make sure you’re on the right track. And it’s all 100% free and fully loaded; it’s worth popping in. The Village is a hub from dawn to dusk with music, lots of gear to try, with knowledgeable reps to help you with your gear questions, fun contests, and more. For a full schedule of the event, including the times of the Coldsmoke Village click HERE.  There will be plenty of opportunities to win great prizes from our partners!

Photo: Dave Heath

Backcountry & Inbounds Clinics

Take part in a wide range of skill-building clinics to improve your backcountry skiing or snowboarding game! Find the whole schedule and registration info here. Don’t wait, many clinics fill up! Clinics include route finding & reading terrain, managing avalanche terrain, intro to splitboarding, intro to backcountry, ladies only intro to backcountry, intro to freeride, women’s ski and board clinics, advanced freeskiing, off-piste telemark, advanced splitboard tour, crevasse rescue, and more!

Sean Armstrong

Register for Coldsmoke!

Find all the details to plan your Whitewater and Nelson, BC, powder escape and register for clinics here: https://coldsmokepowderfest.com/coldsmoke-powder-festival-2020