Ski Canada: Manning Park Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

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Located in E.C. Manning Provincial Park in the interior of British Columbia, Manning Park Resort is renowned for its dry snow and variety of winter activities.

Chair lifts and beautiful corduroy in the Cascades. (Manning Park Resort)

Downhill skiing has been popular since the 1950s here in the heart of the Canadian Rockies‘ Cascade Mountains, and now Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snow tubing are as well.

Activities draw visitors from Canada and the United States to this part of south-central BC. The resort is only about 3 hours from Vancouver, and 2.5 hours from Kelowna. The season for skiing and snowboarding runs from late November to early April.

Manning’s 25 trails are spread across 140 acres. The base elevation of the resort is 4,451 feet (1,353 m) above sea level, while the top elevation is 5,868 feet (1,790 m), making an overall vertical rise of 1,417 feet (437 m). Four ski lifts serve the area.

Cross-country skiers have access to 35 km of groomed trails with 2 warming huts and almost 200 km of backcountry wilderness to explore. Other winter activities include telemarking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and outdoor ice skating.

Snow tubing at the Polar Coaster tube park is a very popular activity as well at Manning Park. Lift service is provided with three trails of varying difficulty. Tube down and ride up! Night tubing is available on some holidays.

When you’re ready for a warm, scrumptious meal, head to the Day Lodge, which also offers childcare services, a rental shop and ski/board lessons for all abilities (age 3 and up). The Pinewoods Lodge also has a restaurant, pub and country store.

The Kinderski program provides fun for kids 3-6 years old, combing fun on the snow and supervised childcare. When they are ready for more challenging terrain, they get to graduate to the Mighty Bears program.

Staying at Manning is easy, with rooms right in the resort base area. The lodge has 41 rooms, and there are 20 cabins and four chalets ready to accommodate any size of group.

Guests can enjoy the Loon Lagoon’s indoor pool and jacuzzi facility, which has two large iindoor hot tubs, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, free weights, co-ed dry sauna, steam room and 50-foot indoor heated swimming pool. The area is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The Manning Lodge has video games, ping pong, shuffle board, board games, billiards and movies.

If all these options aren’t enough to keep you occupied check out the ice skating/hockey rink equipped with night lights at Manning Park Resort. Rent skates, sticks and get going!

Please note that Manning Park Resort does not provide Internet service, and there is no cell service between Hope and Princeton.

Manning Park Resort is located about 40 miles east of Hope, British Columbia, on Highway 3. From Vancouver it is about a three hour drive. The closest border crossing is at Sumas, Washington, USA, about two hours west.

Telephone: (250) 840-8822
Toll Free: 1-800-330-3321
Nordic Center: (250) 840 8822 x1339

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