Interestingly, the historic lodge is located at mid-mountain. Two T-bars meet there; one to unload the skiers from the lower runs that really do end curbside in Blairmore. The other takes skiers and riders to the ridge to explore at least a dozen more runs. There are a few green runs, but the majority are blue with some new black runs recently etched into the slope. I thought for sure the runs would be casually pitched but even the blue like Xpresso and Chinook are surprisingly steep. Short, yes, but sweet.
Families will love this place; the parking lot is a ball toss from the lodge. Speaking of the lodge, they brought in a chef to up the game on the menu. Chef Alejandro Verdi will whip up a killer grilled cheese or exotic fair like pork belly sliders, roasted Brussel sprouts with cheese, or chickpea curry and rice.
The core value for PPK is the family learning to ski or ride. “But that doesn’t mean we have to ski together all the time,” says Peter Bubik, of Blairmore. “After my kids are done their lessons, I buy them hot chocolate at the lodge and while they chill with their friends I do a few hot laps on Edge, then ski to the bottom. When they are ready, they ski home. I’m fully confident that they will be just fine.”
“Winter is real here,” says Joey O’Brien, manager of community services for the MD of Crowsnest Pass. “The community embraces the season, so we have created a calendar of events at Pass Powderkeg to get everyone involved. This season is packed with ski and snowboard lessons for every age, fat tire biking, teen nights, ladies’ nights, snowshoeing, GT racing on PPK Youth Nights. It doesn’t stop.”
O’Brien isn’t kidding about the activities. Here’s a fast rundown of activities worth watching for: