It’s easy to stoke the fire (a.k.a. work up an appetite) while carving tracks on prime British Columbia terrain. And when skiers and boarders wrap a day’s play, rewards are savoured, thanks to toast-worthy beverages, locally sourced, multi-course menus, and everything in between.
To start, coffee aficionados can take things up a notch at Big White Ski Resort southeast of Kelowna, where post-dinner indulgences include the resort’s famed Gunbarrel Coffee. Here, at the Gunbarrel Grill, diners will delight in a spirited display: flaming Grand Marnier is poured down the double barrel of an unloaded shotgun straight into a waiting mug. The result? Cowboy coffee with a kick, y’all. bigwhite.com
While brews and ski (brewski?) are a natural pairing, the folks at Sun Peaks Resort do their best to demonstrate that superlative wines and powder turns, topped by select mountain menus, prove an equally tempting partnership. Indeed, it’s during the resort’s yearly Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival that adventurers can experience one of Canada’s best winter parties; set for January 14 – 24, 2016, this season’s 18th annual gathering will showcase 10 days and nights of diverse BC wines, music, menus and moonlit snowshoeing with mulled wine, capped by a village-wide progressive tasting of vintage reds and whites. sunpeaksresort.com
Near Vernon at SilverStar Mountain Resort, enthusiasts will work up an appetite during snowshoe crunches through thick forests of green. As a bonus, the resort’s evening Snowshoe Dinner Tour makes tracks to the Wild Horseman’s Cabin, nestled mid-mountain, where a buffet dinner of home-grown delicacies, including baked wild BC salmon and Okanagan apple crisp topped with ice cream, is sure to deliver delicious results. Starry skies included. skisilverstar.com
Adventurists can continue the edible journey northeast in the Kootenay Rockies where Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, near Golden, showcases fluffy champagne powder alongside some of the most progressive in-bounds skiing anywhere. The cherry on top: Kicking Horse’s Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, set 2,346 metres (7,700 feet) in the sky, reigns as Canada’s most elevated restaurant — a pretty perch to indulge in sophisticated menus and take in the glorious panorama below. kickinghorseresort.com
The mood promises to be chill this season in Fernie, further southeast, with the introduction of a vodka tasting room at Lizard Creek Lodge. The hotel’s new ICE Bar will showcase 20 vodkas from across the globe within a sub-zero tasting room — a cool atmosphere where enthusiasts, clad in Helly Hansen goose-down parkas, join the hotel’s resident vodka expert to sample the goods and discuss the importance of distillation and filtration for a pure, smooth finish. skifernie.com
Choice is on the menu at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, where the resort’s own Fresh Tracks Café Express dishes up out-of-the-box creations at the base of the Glory Ridge chair. Here, snow isn’t the only legendary offering, thanks to this mighty food truck — the first to make its home at a ski resort. Local favourites include the healthy, warming Evening Ridge Soba Bowl and the Guinness Beer Brat featuring Nelson Brewing Company’s local, organic Faceplant, a winter ale so beloved that it bears a namesake run on Whitewater’s slopes. skiwhitewater.com
For a final delectable stop, RED Mountain Resort encourages keeners to make a night of it during their popular Le Petit Fromage evening excursions. Gearing up at the Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club, small groups begin with a bit of instruction before pointing their skis to Torresan’s Cabin, a remote hideaway north of Rossland, where a blazing woodstone fireplace provides a welcome warmth as adventurers tuck in for an ooey-gooey, three-course cheese fondue dinner. redresort.com