November 23 – December 2, 2018.

The 2017 event was a great success, thanks to you for attending and participating! More info on Winter Kickoff 2018 will be coming soon!


Everyone loves apres-ski, but what about pre-ski?  We’re here to get you pumped for winter during Winter Kickoff  in Nelson and Kaslo – Kootenay Style. 

Unleash your inner explorer and whet your appetite for winter.


Celebrate Winter Kootenay Style

Experience this magical corner of British Columbia as it comes alive with featured culinary creations, captivating cultural attractions, a variety of pre-Christmas celebrations and more!

Winter Kickoff Event Calendar

This calendar is limited to events between November 24 to December 2, 2017. 

Visit our regional calendar for a complete listing of events throughout the year.

Plan Your Winter Kickoff Visit


From historic downtown hotels, motels and inns to charming vacation rentals and secluded resorts, you’ll find accommodations for every taste and budget.


Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty to keep you active. Charming yoga studios and spas await, while early season snow beckons snowshoers and backcountry skiers.


Our distinctive culture is a culmination of our natural surroundings, arts, and heritage. Delve into our true character by visiting our galleries, museums and historic sites.

Getting Here

Nestled in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, our rural location is surprisingly accessible. Enjoy the scenic drive and set your clock to Kootenay Time.

Shop & Dine

With more restaurants per capita than San Francisco or New York, and a diverse collection of boutique stores, our region is a food and shopping lover’s dream.

Travel Deals

Get great deals from across the region to help you enjoy your visit a little bit more!

Share your Winter Kickoff photos & videos and enter to win. Visit for details.