Best Photos From Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival

The 11th Annual Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival is February 24-26 at Whitewater Ski Resort this year and to celebrate over a decade of awesome, we wanted to share some of our favourite pics from the event.

The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival has grown and evolved over the past 11 years but one thing has always stayed the same: the snow. Whitewater Ski Resort is North America’s powder mecca and the Powder Festival is all about celebrating how good it is to live and play in the mountains.

Over a decade ago the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival was launched to provide a grassroots gathering where mountain enthusiasts of all levels can celebrate our culture. And the event still holds true to this mission. There’s something for everyone during the three-day Festival including a film festival, guided backcountry touring, clinics, freestyle competitions, dance-offs, randonnee race, Backcountry Olympics and the ever-popular costume competition during the poker run.

See below for a full schedule of events from February 24-26 and for some of our favourite pics from the event last year. (All pics taken by Phil Best.) To register for any of the contests, or to find out more information, log on to


8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Registration @ Whitewater Office (602 Lake St)
8:45 am | Backcountry – All Day Clinics
8:45 am | On Area – All Day Clinics
5:00 pm-6:00pm | ROAM Randonnee Rally MANDATORY Pre Race Meeting @ ROAM Shop (639 Baker Street)
3:30 pm – 6:30pm | Village Ski Hut Slopestyle Mandatory Bib Pick Up & Waiver Completion @ Whitewater Office (602 Lake St)
6:30 pm | Coldsmoke Opener & Film Festival @ the Civic Theatre (719 Vernon Street)


8:00 am | Registration Opens – YMEC Yurt in the Coldsmoke Village
8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Coldsmoke Village – Trade Fair and Demos
8:30 am | ROAM Randonnee Rally Start
8:45 am | Backcountry – All Day Clinics
8:45 am | On Area – All Day Clinics
9:15 am | Village Ski Hut Competitor Meeting at the bottom of Powderkeg
10:00 am | Village Ski Hut Start
3:30ish | ROAM Randonnee Rally Awards Ceremony
7:00pm | Mountain Mingler @ the Hume Hotel’s Spiritbar (422 Vernon St)
9:30pm | Coldsmoke After Party @ the Hume Hotel’s Spiritbar


8:00 am | Registation Open – YMEC Yurt in the Coldsmoke Village
8:30 am – 3:00 pm | Coldsmoke Village – Trade Fair and Demo
8:45 am | Backcountry – All Day Clinics
8:45 am | On Area – All Day Clinics
10:00 am | Poker Run Start
1:00 pm | The North Face Backcountry Olympics Start
3:30ish pm | Competition Awards & Coronation of the King and Queen of Coldsmoke

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