Pemberton Winter 2014 is the Best Winter Ever
Pemberton has been described as a hub. The Gateway to Adventure. It's a place you can explore from, a valley with a micro-climate different from surrounding communities and markedly different from the backcountry that is minutes from our door.
This Winter, We Take the Gateway to Adventure to the Extreme
Recently, Tourism Pemberton spoke with local mountain biker and engineer, Edward Witwicki about cycling tourism in Pemberton. One notable insight he had into cycling in Pemberton in general is that the area is a hub for adventure. From Pemberton, you can go in any direction and find epic stuff to do. You can also find adventure literally minutes from your door.
Another image he plunked into our heads is that, in some years, if you're lucky, you can "Shred the pow in the morning, then come home and shred some 'brown pow' in the afternoon." Meaning: You can ski in Whistler in the morning, then come home to Pemberton and go mountain biking in the afternoon.
This seemed like the stuff of dreams. Maybe. Some years. But really? Was that some outlying possibility that would never really happen, at least not in the foreseeable future? Well, according to the Pemberton Bike Company, it's happening this year, for sure. Trails are open and clear and people are riding.
And this would be "nice" if that were where it started and stopped. After all, this is what people in Victoria and Vancouver rave about their backyards each winter, isn't it?
Cycling, Skiing, Snowmobiling & Ice Fishing...
Minutes from your door. That is what makes this winter one that we can't soon forget. Because we live minutes from Whistler, we can take part in some of the best skiing in North America. Natural snow fall may be a bit down from previous years, but they've still experienced epic powder. Add to that temperatures that are ideal for snowmaking, and we've got a solid ski season.
And that is, literally, 30 minutes away. Come home, though, and you've got great mountain biking. Right outside our door.
Take Snowmobiling: Follow the Hurley Forest Service Road to the Pemberton Ice Fields (Check this out for detailed instructions on getting to the ice fields and how epic they are.) and you're in a snowmobiler's paradise. You can go for miles and experience the perfect winter adventure, sledding through incredible wilderness. You'll be immersed in snowy white fields, steeped in winter. Come back to Pemberton Village, and we're experiencing a winter so mild most Vancouverites would feel right at home.
Put it all Together
Mother Nature has created the perfect storm for us this winter season. We've got the mildness here in the valley, which lets us take advantage of not only mountain biking, but generally wearing fewer heavy snow jackets, mitts and paraphenalia. But we've still got winter all around us, with some of the best skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, backcountry skiing and touring in western Canada. We're feeling pretty lucky. And we'd love for you to join us and see what we've got to offer.
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014