Making Memories at Manning Park Ski Resort

This past week my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Manning Park Ski Resort. It was our first getaway sans kids in a very long time. I was really looking forward to alone time with my husband and I was also looking forward to hitting the slopes! I used to love downhill skiing and somehow (I guess pretty much after having kids), I stopped going. Needless to say, I was eager and excited for our one night stay up at Manning Park.

The drive up to the resort took about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The distance felt the same as driving up to Whistler and the drive was gorgeous and scenic. We passed a ton of waterfalls too!

When we arrived at the resort, it had a very rustic, intimate, cozy feel to it. The entrance of the main lodge has beautiful carvings and a giant wood burning fireplace.

After we checked into our room, we made our way down to the lobby to meet with a few other couples for a tour of the resort.

During the tour, we saw most of the resort on foot, and then we were driven up the mountain to see the rest.

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Underneath all of this snow is a lake! In the Summer you can rent paddle boards and kayaks, and fish a little too.

People also use this area to get married! It’s really stunning.

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This is an outdoor ice rink. Unfortunately, it was closed the day of our tour, but it stays open at night and looks lovely with the lights on!

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Manning Park will be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary this year!

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Nothing like a little swim and hot tub after a long day of skiing, snowboarding, or snow shoeing!

After our tour we relaxed in our room, and then made our way down to Pinewoods Restaurant for dinner.

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We enjoyed a very delicious dinner from start to finish. The service was exceptional, the atmosphere very family friendly, and the food was DELICIOUS!

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After our delicious dinner my husband and I made our way down to the Bears Den Pub for a few drinks.

After a few drinks we were ready for… bed. Two glasses of wine and this grandma needs her sleep! I was feeling super eager and excited to play in the snow in the morning.

The next morning

It was a beautiful snowy day for skiing. After a few attempts on the bunny hill, I remembered how to ski! I felt like a young girl again fearlessly skiing down the freshly powdered slopes. It was my husbands first time skiing ever! He did great on the bunny slopes so I figured he was totally ready to go up the lift and try a run. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so scared of something before. The funniest part was his first attempt at getting on the ski lift. The two of us were supposed to sit together but because the lift moves quite quickly he ended up hopping on his seat alone. When we got to the top I laughed again as I watched my husband pretty much tumble down off the chair on the snow. I had to do a crazy leap over him when it was my turn to hop off. We had a really good laugh and then right before we made our way down the “moderate“ trail, my husband had one more big fall. When he got up his face was covered in snow, and he looked like Jack Frost. If only you could have seen his snow covered eyebrows!

It took us a while to make it down because I stopped and waited for my husband like a good wife;)

All in all, we had such a great time together at Manning Park. I can`t believe the two of us have been together almost 15 years and this was our first time skiing with one another! I also can`t believe we didn`t get a photo with one another! We did, however, definitely create some memories and laughed our butts off on the ride home (some of those falls were pretty epic).

It was SO nice to get away without the kids, but we are definitely looking forward to bringing them back. I`m also looking forward to checking out Manning Park resort in the Summer.

Unfortunately, we won`t be able to make it back to Manning Park this coming long weekend but if you`re looking for some winter activities to try with the family, I highly recommend a day-trip or overnight stay at Manning park.

On Saturday, Feb. 6th, Manning is participating in a momentous undertaking to commemorate Canadian Ski Patrol day, by attempting a Guinness World Record for Most People Making Snow Angels.

Ski areas all across Canada are joining together to make the most snow angels simultaneously for 30 seconds. You and your family are needed to make this World Record!

The Canadian Ski Patrol is a non-profit organization of over 5000 volunteers that patrol at ski hills across Canada.  It is celebrating 75 years in 2016.

At Manning Park, the meeting point is at 9:30am by the Twin Tow building, or at the Resort behind the Nordic Centre.

In case you are unsure of the particulars of making your snow angel, Guinness has detailed instructions to follow:

  • Fall gently into the snow onto your back.
  • Keep your entire body flat in the snow.
  • Brush your arms between your head and waist in a sweeping motion.
  • Move your legs apart as far as they will go and then together.
  • Repeat these motions (it’s like doing a jumping jack while lying on your back) until you have made indentations in the snow.
  • Have someone stand at your feet and pull on your arms to help you up.
  • Get up without stepping on your snow angel or making a hand print in the middle of it.”

For Family Day, Monday, Feb. 8th, lift and trail tickets are 50% off.

There are lots of family fun and free activities to take part in all weekend long, including Chairlift Lottery, Snow Bocce, face painting, and a Nordic “Word of the Trail” to discover, and keep your eyes peeled to spot Sparkles the Ski Clown on the slopes!

Hope Mountain Centre is also hosting a Family Fun Day in the Snow at Strawberry Flats that includes snowshoeing, snow fort building, a winter scavenger hunt, and more. Registration for these great activities are through the Hope Mountain Centre website.

Snow conditions are excellent, with 180cm average snow base. Whether you’re skiing, snowshoeing, or tubing, it’s a great weekend to head outside into the outdoors, and start your family tradition at Manning Park Resort.

Manning Park Resort is located 45 minutes east of Hope on Highway 3. The ski hill, Nordic Centre and Resort are open 7 days a week. 

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