5 B.C. resorts that know how to throw a Spring Break party

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B.C., home to the most ski resorts anywhere in Canada, transforms into a winter playground not just for skiers and riders, but outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. And that includes those who like to party like its 1979 or ’89. The Fernie Retro Weekend is just one of dozens of events happening slope-side this winter, right around the time of the much-needed Spring Break season. There are also film festivals, thrilling ski races of the traditional and non-traditional kind, plus craft beer and wine tastings.

Check out these can’t-miss events, happening throughout March in some of the province’s most beautiful snow-covered settings.

Whistler Blackcomb

Fire and Ice Show, Whistler Blackcomb (until March 25)

Whistler Blackcomb

Every Sunday evening until March 25, watch as some of the best skiers and snowboarders perform daring feats and put on a thrilling all-ages show. Pro athletes will take to the slopes to show off their best twists, flips, and air jumps through a ring of fire. The free event at Whistler also features music from a live DJ, a fire-spinning performance, and a spectacular fireworks show closing out the evening. The adult crowd can keep the excitement going at the official event after party, Afterburn, featuring live music and prize giveaways. Check out the details here.

25th Annual Telus Winter Classic, Whistler Blackcomb (March 9 – 10)

Hosted by The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Whistler’s legendary fundraising event will celebrate its 25th year on March 9 and 10. The philanthropic event is a fun-filled weekend of raising money to give back to the Whistler community. Some of the weekend’s festivities include exciting ski events, wine and food tastings, and live and silent auctions. On March 9, check out the Whistler Winetastic — an evening of sampling wine, microbrews, and appetizers from local restaurants. On March 10, dance the night away at the Bal du Moulin Rouge at the Roundhouse Lodge. See details here.

Coca-Cola Tube Park, Whistler Blackcomb (Open until April 22)

Whistler Blackcomb
Photographer: Dave Humphreys

Blackcomb Mountain’s tube park is the perfect family activity for both kids and adults who are young at heart. It also makes the ideal way for those who aren’t quite ready to snap on a pair of skis to get comfortable on the slopes. Enjoying the park is as easy as grabbing an inner tube and heading up the lift to one of the seven available tube lanes. The lanes vary in length and speed depending on your desire for adventure. At night, the lanes light up for night tubing underneath the stars. See more information here.

Kicking Horse

Superberm Banked Slalom, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (March 17 – 18)

Get decked out in your best ‘80s ski gear and head to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C. for the Superberm Banked Slalom race. Whether you’re a novice, experienced, or superstar skier, have fun putting your skills to the test on a challenging race course. The course is a downhill “Superberm” mountain biking trail full of exhilarating twists and turns that are suitable for racers of all ages. Each participant will be timed as they go through the course and the fastest skier wins. The event will also include several prizes – including one for best ‘80s attire, live entertainment, and food. Whether you’re skiing in the race or are cheering your friends and family on, this fun and flashy event is sure to entertain. See the full details here.


Fernie Mountain Film Festival, Fernie Community Centre (Feb. 23 – 24)

As a mountain town with a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, it’s easy to see why Fernie hosts an annual film festival dedicated to the beloved peaks that inspire awe and wonder. The Fernie Mountain Film Festival celebrates mountain culture through a selection of short films by dedicated and highly talented filmmakers. The festival features impressively crafted films on topics such as mountain culture, rock climbing, eco-travel and more. The event also includes a photography contest, guest speakers, an award ceremony, and a wide selection of beer from the Fernie Brewing Company. See the details here.

Kokanee Retro Weekend, Fernie Alpine Resort (March 24)

Break out your tightest and brightest attire and don your neon one-piece ski suits for Fernie Alpine Resort’s 6th annual Kokanee Retro Weekend. The event celebrates all things ski with a ‘70s and ‘80s twist, transporting you back to a time when moustaches, crimped hair, and spandex were all the rage. The Glacier Event Gardens will be the place to dance to ‘70s and ‘80s tunes, enjoy a cold beer, and take in the sights of the sea of retro costumes. Keep the fun going well into the evening at the Hot Tub Time Machine Tribute Celebration where the music and Kokanee will be plentiful. See more information here.


Night Skiing, SilverStar Mountain Resort (Until March 31)

Photographer: Dave Heath

Enjoy a moonlit ski session while taking in the sight of B.C.’s night sky. SilverStar Mountain Resort offers night skiing every Friday and Saturday from mid-December to the end of March for skiers of all skill levels. The crystalline slopes with be lit up with twinkling lights and the trails will be well-groomed to provide the ultimate night skiing adventure. Kids ages 7 and up can enjoy nighttime skiing lessons for beginner and intermediate skill levels where they will learn all the ski basics. If downhill skiing isn’t quite your thing, SilverStar also offers nighttime cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and walking on the Night Loop. See details here.


Beer Goggles 2017 Craft Brew Fest, Red Mountain Resort (March 16 – 17)

B.C. may just be as well known for its many craft breweries as it is for its natural beauty. Back by popular demand for its 5th year, Red Mountain Resort’s Beer Goggles Craft Brew Fest promises an exciting event where beer is the star. Spend the weekend sampling beer from over 40 B.C. craft breweries, eating delicious food, and grooving along to great tunes. See more information.

If You Go

Grab a Whistler Blackcomb ski and stay package here

Check out these Kicking Horse packages

Explore SilverStar packages here

See this link for Red Mountain ski and stays

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