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Tourism BC Slope Angles, October 2009

10-09-2009

BC's Kootenay Rockies Powder Highway Beckons the Ultimate Ski Bum

The 2009/2010 winter ski season is off to a rip roarin' start, thanks to two unbelievable contests set to showcase some of BC's best terrain. Check it out:

Kootenay Rockies Powder Highway Beckons the Ultimate Ski Bum: Take one of the most coveted ski destinations on the planet. Add three entire months of exploration on four famed mountain ranges: the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks and Monashees. Drop in eight resorts, and the highest concentration of snowcat and heli operations anywhere, not to mention endless glaciers, peaks, tree stashes and bowls, all linked together by one adventurous road, and then make it all free. Need more? Throw in cosy accommodation and a sweet ride for three months, one very lucky winner and you've got the The Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum contest. From January 1 March 31, 2010, the Ultimate Ski Bum will revel in unlimited day passes at eight resorts (Red Mountain, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Fernie, Kimberley, Whitewater, Panorama, and Fairmont Hot Springs); 16 days of Heli/Cat skiing from, you guessed it, 16 powder greats, including Powder Cowboy and Big Red Cats; accommodation, return flight and vehicle rental (plus gas). Beginning October 5, 2009, submit a 90-second video explaining why you should be the Ultimate Ski Bum; the winner will be announced December 1, 2009, as voted by video viewers and the Powder Highway Ski Resort judges. For full details, plus a bit of inspiration, visit www.powderhighway.com/SkiBum/

The Thompson Okanagan tempts with another beguiling adventure:

Snow Bum Forever... Or At Least this Winter in Sun Peaks: Got any plans this winter? You just might want to shelf them as Sun Peaks Resort launches an incentive sure to entice snow sliders into early retirement. The I Want to Be the Snow Bum contest is open to all skiers and snowboarders, whether you simply want to put school or work on hold or are looking to check off another goal on your "Life List." One lucky winner will spend January through March skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snowshoe golfing (the resort's newest giggle). The Snow Bum package includes airfare to Kamloops, a season's pass for Sun Peaks, food vouchers, accommodation in fine hotels, equipment and outerwear, as well as VIP and backstage passes to resort events and functions. To win, submit a 60-second video showcasing your wit, charisma, love of mountains, and ability to keep the rest of the envious world updated on your activities through social media avenues such as Facebook, Twitter, and the official Snow Bum blog. www.snowbumcanada.com; www.sunpeaksresort.com

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Paralympians Get Schooled At Kimberley's New Training Centre: Kimberley Alpine Resort's new Paralympic Race Training Centre is off the drawing boards and under construction. The new year-round, $6-million dollar facility is designed with both disabled and able-bodied athletes in mind; when the lifts close for the season, fitness and dry-land training will take priority in non-winter months. In addition to training facilities, look for meeting and change rooms, an audio-visual department and a conference space to hold 500 people. This marks yet another milestone in a long tradition at the resort which earlier this year hosted an International Paralympic Committee-sanctioned race. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Jerry and Annie Johnson, the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers was founded here on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in 1976. Visitors to Kimberley will also find a bit of luxury at the new Bellstar-managed ski-in/ski-out Mountain Spirit Resort and Spa. In addition to 11 sister properties in BC and the Alberta Rockies, Mountain Spirit marks Calgary-based Bellstar's first move into the ski resort market. www.skikimberley.com

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers the ultimate Ski and Ride Adventure: With lift,
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