Case in point: the Drywood Creek Valley, where nobody appeared to have ventured for days before our arrival. (Of course, a busy day here might be three cars in the parking lot) With no tracks around, we descended into the pure-white confines of the creek and put on our explorer's hats. It was a blissful little journey that got our heart-rates going and made for excellent photo-ops. In a couple of hours, we were back at the charming Beaver Mines General Store chowing down on the best meatloaf burger I've ever had. And, not only was it delicious (this store is a must stop), it provided the necessary fuel for plenty of powder turns at the Castle Mountain Resort in the afternoon.
The next day, after a hearty breakfast at Heritage Inn, I met Rhonda Oczkowski, the Recreation Office administrator for Pincher Creek, at the Pincher Creek Golf Club. Of course, with the temperature hovering around -14C and a foot of fresh snow, the majority of golfers were long gone. The ones that were around were either crying in the clubhouse or putting on their cross-country skis. I joined the latter group and had a giddy little glide around the pretty 9-hole course on freshly-waxed Nordic skis.
Afterwards, our crew (skiers Susan and Scott Gerber joined us), went for a delicious lunch at The Grill in downtown Pincher Creek, which is located in a historic hotel.
“We're right on the Rockies’ doorstep in a beautiful natural setting,” says Oczkowski. “And whether it's fly-fishing or hiking in summer or skiing or snow-shoeing in winter, it's all here in Pincher Creek.” Minus the crowds, of course!