The first and second days of our Powder Highway trip involved lots of driving...An accident on the way from Idaho to Golden closed down the most direct route (past Kimberly), so we headed to Nelson instead.. and what is usually a 5 hour drive from Nelson to Golden ended up being more like 8 due to snowy roads.
On the plus side, Nelson was one of my favorite little towns we stopped in. Lots of great food, some of the best IPAs we had in Canada, and the ski area there is so cute/local but has such amazing snow. We found out from chatting with some locals on the lifts that keeping the lifts limited (there were only 3) and slow actually made for softer snow, since people couldn't get to it as fast, they couldn't ski it out as fast.
Along the way from Nelson to Golden we stopped for a quick coffee in the town of Silverton, where I was hoping we would be able to see some of the amazing mountains of Valhalla Provincial Park. We couldn't see ANYTHING across the lake, and apparently it stays this cloudy for most of the winter, but I'd love to come back here in the summer and explore.
One of the best parts during the long drive from Nelson to Golden, was when we stopped at this awesome little hot springs resort near Nakusp. We got there right when it opened, and had the whole place to ourselves for at least half an hour, supes relaxing and only $10 a person.
Just south of Revelstoke, we got to ride on the tiny (and free!) ferry across Arrow Lake. I always love standing on the deck during ferry rides near Seattle, so I tried to stand near the bow and soak in the majesty of the mists, but mostly froze my buns off. One of the nice ferry operators who was shoveling the deck off told me we should come back in the summer for the views, he's been working the ferry for 16 years and still finds it an amazing ride... when it's nice out :)