A weekend full of clinics, events and socials that celebrates the passion for powder in the Kootenays

Nelson, B.C.The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest brings the local community of Nelson together at Whitewater Ski Resort to share the Kootenays’ passion for powder with snow enthusiasts from near and far.  With less than four weeks before the event kicks off, make sure to mark your calendars now for the ninth annual event on February 20-22, 2015.  With a snow base of over 170cm (or 66 inches for those south of the border), a history of powder abundance for the Powder Fest weekend, a ton of great clinic options, a variety of on mountain events and evening socials, it is set to be a weekend not to miss.

Registration is now OPEN for the amazing portfolio of the thirty plus clinics offered throughout the weekend.  There are some tried and true from previous years, such as Steeps with Eric Pehota, as well as several new offerings to entice locals, visitors, and Coldsmoke veterans alike.  “We are proud of the festival’s educational focus reflected in the eclectic offerings of our clinics and tours”, says Karen Reader the events Clinic Coordinator and two time podium winner of the US National Freesking Championships. “We aim to help develop skiers/riders of any level and enable them to create their own Coldsmoke path of powder enlightenment.” Karen has once again put together a stellar group of visiting instructors and guides who are stoked to share their expertise in the hopes of giving the most memorable Kootenay experience.  Clinic highlights include a new 16 and under Slopestyle Prep with local athlete Trace Cooke, Alpine Freeskiing Clinics, Intermediate to Advanced clinics for all disciplines, Snowboard and Splitboard clinics, a variety of Expert Telemark options, three days of KEEN Rippin Chix each day with a different focus point and a variety of backcountry touring clinics, just to name a few.  Book Your Own Private Coldsmoke with six of your friends and build yourself a fully customizable private clinic for only $750.
Above and beyond the incredible clinic offerings the festival also hosts four different on-mountain events, evening socials and a village full of various equipment demos.  Bring your competitive edge out for the ROAM Randonee ski mountaineering race, with new Heavy Metal and Fastest Fifty Fivers categories, the Valhalla Pure Powderkeg Slopestyle, the Poker Run with a Race Twist, and the crowd pleasing Backcountry Olympics.  For those feeling extra confident try all four and walk away with the bragging rights of being crowned King or Queen of Coldsmoke! Friday night join Kootenay Mountain Culture for the Coldsmoke Opener Film Fest at the Civic Theatre as they once again put together a jam packed evening of the Best of Coldsmoke Winter Film Awards and special appearances by local comedian Lucas Myers and inspirational author of “All that Glitters” Margo Talbot.  Saturday night join us for the Backcountry Buff-EH in the town of Nelson for a stellar evening of incredible food, entertainment and a plethora of incredible prizing from all the great event sponsors.  Make sure to make time to stop by the village throughout the weekend to check out great equipment demos from G3, Osprey, and many many more.

The early bird deadline for the clinics and event is Wednesday, February 18 and space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot in your favourite clinic, competition or social event now!  Register before February 7th at  coldsmokepowderfest.com and automatically be entered to win a new pair of Faction skis!  Make sure to check out the various packages available throughout the weekend as well.  For those Telemark skiers  that are patiently waiting to get out and tune their skills, don’t miss out on the final Coldsmoke Telemark Series happening at the resort on Saturday, January 31.

To see the complete list of events visit: http://coldsmokepowderfest.com/schedule

Photo courtesy of Whitewater Ski Resort, B.C. Lepage photo.