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Whitewater's Winter Carnival & Snow Ball Apres

Whitewater's Winter Carnival & Snow Ball Apres

Whitewater is excited to host the 6th Annual Whitewater Winter Carnival weekend! January 17th and 18th we will have tons of family activities throughout this exciting, and wintery weekend. 

Saturday, January 17th

Afternoon Shuttle Schedule - FREE
4:55pm - Safeway
5:00pm - Whitewater Office in Nelson
5:05pm - Hitching Post 

Evening Shuttle Schedule - FREE

7:30pm - Departs Whitewater Ski Resort for Nelson

Sunday, January 18th  

  • ALL DAY - Avalanche Awareness Day
  • ALL DAY - Nelson Search & Rescue Information Booth
  • 10am - Snow pit/profile Demonstration at the top of Silver King
  • 11:30am We will be hosting the Gerick's Summit Cup!
  • ALL DAY - Firepit & Marshmellow roasting.
  • ALL DAY - Check out all of the stunning Snow Sculptures from Saturday
  • 1pm Avalanche Rescue Demonstration, base of Silver King chairlift 
  • 2pm - Beacon Olympics sponsored by backcountryskiingcananda.com in Beacon Basin
Scavenger Hunt for kids ages 4 to 14 from 12pm to 2pm. Entry is $2 per person and all proceeds go to the Kootenay Kids Society. Register between 10 am and 12 pm at the Kootenay Kids Society info tent outisde the lodge. The age groups will be split into 4 to 8 years and 9 to 14 years. Ski around the mountain finding pre-determined items, and trade them in for a prize!
  • 4 to 8 years -  ski on the Silver King side (only) and collect 3 different colored lays. Once you have collected all 3, return them to the Kootenay Kids Society info booth to claim your prize! 
  • 9 to 14 years - While skiing on the Summit side (only) you will be looking for as many peices of specially marked flagging tape as you can find. The top 3 particpants that bring in the largest number of flagging tape pieces win a prize! Prizes for this category will be announced at 2pm at the Kootenay Kids Society tent outside. 


The Assosication des Francophones des Kootenays Ouest will be joining us at the Winter Carnival with their traditional maple syrup taffy tasting for $3, and NEW this year, they will be bringing one or two giant marionettes! Here is a sneak peek at what the marionettes look like, they will arrive at noon and they sing for approximately 20 minutes with an entourage of singers. Be at the base lodge around noon if you'd like to catch a glimpse of these giant puppets! 

Snow Sculpting
We will have one professional snow sculptor on site to show off their skills, and 4 other blocks of snow for a snow scultping competition! This is an entry level competition and open to anyone, no experience required. Bring your imagination, creativity and a few tools that will help you, and you and your team could earn up to $300 in Whitewater dollars! Call 250-354-4944 to register. Registration is FREE! 

Apres Feast

Snowball Après Menu
Our delicious buffet dinner starts at 5:30pm and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Wondering what on the menu? Here it is! 

Apple Butter BBQ Pork Ribs
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Beer Baked Beans
Poppyseed Coleslaw with kale
Fresh Green Salad
Fresh Baked Biscuits

Vegetarian Option
Grilled Vegetable Polenta Stacks with grilled red pepper, grilled red onion, roasted glazed yam, roasted zucchini and finished with a smokey BBQ sauce!

Assorted Desserts will be available for dessert. 

We have such great music lined up for you again this year! 

The Good Ol' Goats
This energetic band bring their own brand of bluegrass alt-folk to the dance floor with infectious rhythms, beautiful acoustic instrumentation, heartfelt melodies,five piece vocal harmonies and clever lyrics that are unexpectedly mature, nuanced and just plain fun.
  • 2nd Place in 2013 CBC's Searchlight Contest 
  • 2013 Artist of the Year - Kootenay Music Awards
  • 2013 Best Roots and Blues Album - Kootenay Music Awards
Why you should be there:
"This highly original band of musicians have been together for close to four years and seem to be rolling from success to success. It is not often that young musicians step completely out of the box, bypass the standard rock and roll quartet and write and perform original music."
~Rod Wilson

"...some of the funkiest stuff you ever heard."
~Shawn Parker, SNAP Magazine

"The Goats...have enjoyed meteoric success in the region since their first official gig..."
~Tanya Laing-Ghar, E-Know East-Kootenay Online Weekly 

"...the Goats aren’t afraid to be a little tongue-in-cheek when it comes to both their music and their aesthetic. From their rickety-ol band name to their antiquated song titles and subject matter, the Goats clearly have a fascination with the old, the mystical, the expired..."
~Eli Geddis, The Vurb, Nelson.

Sofiella Watt and the Huckleberry Bandits 

"If we were a wanky wine label, we would read something like this:

...a motley mix of winsome folk, bruised with blues and infused with banjo, with heady jazz notes, a hint of country, and spicy gypsy undertones.”

More about this great band HERE


Here are a few pictures from Phil Best of the 5th Annual Whitewater Winter Carnival:

Torch Light Parade

Taffy Tasting





"Whitewater doesn't need all the bells and whistles that other ski resorts have adopted because Whitewater has exactly what everyone is looking for; lots to explore and beautiful snow. The food in the cafe is unbeatable & offers fair prices, plus healthy & delicious options."
Michelle Renee
Coldsmoke Hiking