What to Do in the Mountains in March

This month, go cross-country skiing at night, check out a new video and virtual reality exhibit, attend a retro ski day at Mount Norquay and more.

The Griz. Photograph by Vince Mo, courtesy of Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

Attend a video and virtual reality exhibit

When: March 3 to July 30

A free, opening night reception on March 3 celebrates the launch of Piña, Why is the Sky Blue? It’s a virtual reality and video exhibit showing at the Walter Phillips Gallery until the end of July. The multimedia exhibit, from artists Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser, tells the story of Piña, a fictional AI robot that has gained consciousness and knowledge from Ecuadorian and Filipino knowledge keepers. Piña introduces viewers to real-world healers, activists and community leaders. This exhibit also discusses hopes of decolonization.

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive., Banff, 403-762-6281, banffcentre.ca


Sign up for Griz Days in Fernie


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When: March 3 to 5 

According to local legend, a young boy was raised by grizzly bears in a mountain cave above the town of Fernie. So, every year during the first week of March, residents gather to celebrate the legendary figure and his indomitable, winter spirit. This year, events include family-friendly activities like story walks and colouring at the Fernie Heritage Library, a Griz Days parade, a minor hockey tournament and skiing events at Fernie Alpine Resort.



Join the Big Mountain Challenge in Lake Louise 

When: March 10

This annual freeride competition is now in its 19th year. Athletes ages 18 and over register in skiing or snowboarding categories in this non-sanctioned competition. All participants’ performances are critiqued by three judges, who use the same criteria as the Freeride World Qualifier competition. New this year is the “Masters Category” for athletes 40 and older. Plus, all podium finishers will win prizes.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, 1-877-956-8473, skilouise.com


Go night skiing at Trickle Creek Golf Course 

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until March 11

Enjoy cross-country skiing across the Trickle Creek golf course at night. The guided tours end at a view point where you will enjoy a hot drink and cook s’mores by a fire. Tours depart from Kimberley Alpine Resort at 5:15 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and are up to two hours long. Tours can be booked online; registration also includes the lift, gear rental, hot drinks and s’mores.

301 North Star Blvd., Kimberley, BC, 250-427-4881, skikimberley.com


Solve a murder mystery in Banff

When: March 18

The Fairmont Banff Springs is bringing a murder mystery to the mountains with A Menu for Murder. In addition to the fun of solving a crime, the Vermillion Room’s culinary team — led by executive chef Atticus Garant — will prepare a special three-course menu for guests to enjoy. Reservations can be made over the phone or online, and tickets range from $110 to $170 per person.

405 Spray Avenue, Banff, 403-762-6860, fairmont.com/banff-springs


Throw things at walls in Canmore

The Anger Management Collective is a recreation facility where you can let off some steam by throwing axes and knives at walls. Rent a private lane and let the staff show you a few techniques and throwing games. And if hurling sharp objects at walls isn’t for you, then head to the games lounge for some air hockey or pool. Reservations can be made online.

306 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, 403-707-7299, axethrowingcanmore.com


Join a retro ski day and VJ dance party at Mount Norquay

When: March 18

Expect to see a lot of neon and bold patterns on the slopes at Mount Norquay for its ‘80s and ‘90s-themed ski day and VJ dance party. (Yes, the ‘80s and ‘90s are officially retro now.) Ski during Mount Norquay’s regular hours, then head to the Lone Pine Pub at 6 p.m. to enjoy millennial bangers and music videos from VJ Rob Murray. The party goes until 11 p.m. and you’re in luck — requests will be accepted. Entrance to the dance party is free with your lift ticket.

Mount Norquay, 2 Mt. Norquay Road, Banff, 403-762-4421, banffnorquay.com

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