Celebrate spring with a ski hill splashdown

It's a Kimberley tradition that goes way back — a celebration of skiing, fun and sun, music, the splash pond and the dummy downhill.

  • Mar. 19, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Where winter meets spring: Kimberley Alpine Resort bids farewell to the 2012/2013 season with Spring Splash

Where winter meets spring: Kimberley Alpine Resort bids farewell to the 2012/2013 season with Spring Splash

Carolyn Grant

It’s a Kimberley tradition that goes way back — Spring Splash. It’s a celebration of skiing, fun and sun, music, the splash pond and the dummy downhill. It’s always been the way Kimberley celebrates the end of the ski season.

This year the Splash is planned for April 6 and 7.

Heather Blackwood from Kimberley Alpine Resort says a full weekend of fun has been planned.

Saturday, April 6, Kimberley’s brave, or perhaps just foolhardy, are invited to attempt a ride across the splash pond. Wear a costume, or a bathing suit, and see if you can get up enough speed on the downhill to make it across the water.

Another tradition, the Dummy Downhill, goes Sunday afternoon, as homemade statues on skis are launched into the Resort parking lot. Now is a good time to begin creating your dummy.

“We’ve also added some new, exciting events,” Blackwood said. “We are going to have snow volleyball, right beside the splash pond. You can sign up for that at guest services starting now. We are also going to have a family slalom race, a kids treasure hunt and a kids fishing pond. We hope people will sign up for some of the new events.”

And what would Spring Splash be without music? Blackwood says an impressive musical lineup has been booked for the entire weekend.

“We have Shred Kelly from Fernie and the Good Ol’ Goats from Cranbrook,” she said. “Both of these bands were in the top 5 for the region in the CBC Searchlight contest. We also have Heather Gemmell and the Peaks.”

Music is performed outside on the patio beside the Stemwinder.

While recent unseasonably warm weather has given the hill a beating over the past couple of weeks, Blackwood says the Main will be open for Spring Splash no matter what.

For more information on any Spring Splash event, call Blackwood at 250-432-0313 or check out www.skikimberley.com.