Golden is surrounded by the highest concentration of heli and cat ski operations in North America and home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Historically known for the steep and deep chutes and bowls, Kicking Horse also has great terrain for intermediates, beginners and families. Not just a ski town, Golden is a real mountain town, full of real mountain people. Want to know the secret powder stashes, the best snowmobiling terrain, or best restaurant of the many in town? Just ask one of the friendly locals in the gondi and you may end up with not just locals insider info, but a ski buddy for life.
Heli-skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, telemark skiing, skating, and tubing are all at the resort or close by. Visit the wolf sanctuary or go ice fishing. Stop in town at the Whitetooth brewery to sample a flight of beer.
on the lower portion of the mountain you'll find snowmaking.
RCR Rockies Card, M.A.X. Pass
9:00 am - 3:30 pm daily.
Don't be intimidated by the fact that most of the resort is listed as advanced, there are plenty of runs for beginners and intermediate users. It's a Ten is yes, 10 km long and it easily takes beginners from the peak to the base - something not offered at many resorts. For the hard-core skier and boarder - prepare to be humbled. There are 85 inbound chutes so this horse has a pretty good kick! But like they say about any horse - if you get bucked off, ya get back on.
One gondola, three chairs and one surface lift.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is easy to see from the TransCanada Highway as you arrive in Golden. The Whitetooth Range towering over the south side of town is laced with the Kicking Horse trails. Are you driving an RV? The sort is RV friendly so you can ski to your mobile door.
The resort is just 1.5 hours west of Banff (145 kilometers) and 2.5 hours west of Calgary (270 kilometers) on the Trans-Canada Highway. Follow the signs through Golden and meander up the base of the mountain 10 km and you are at the village.
Flying into Calgary International Airport from anywhere in the world is your best bet. Rental cars are available in the airport complex.
Kicking Horse has a shuttle service (twice weekly) from the Calgary International Airport and the daily 'ski and ride' Powder Express Shuttle services from Banff and Lake Louise.