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Winter in Golden is truly an experience for all to enjoy. The British Columbia ski region – and home of the legendary Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – not only offers superb skiing and boarding, but is a gateway for all kinds of winter adventure.

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A world-class ski hub

Just 14km from the town of Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is renowned for its breath-taking views, legendary terrain and some of the best snow on the planet. While at the resort, there are opportunities for all levels of ability. Hire a ski instructor, for the day or a mountain guide to help you explore the best of the terrain.

It has a huge 3,486 acres of skiable terrain, including more than 120 runs, 85+ chutes, four bowls and the fourth-highest vertical drop in North America, of 1,315m (4,314ft). Kicking Horse's top elevation is a towering 2,505m (8,218ft), so get ready for some spectacular panoramic views.

As well as being home to the famous Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden is within easy reach of four other world-class ski resorts, making it the perfect destination for a ski holiday. If you’d like a change of scenery, you’ll find four other famous ski resorts within a two-hour drive: Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Sunshine Village and Panorama.

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Epic backcountry adventures

If you are looking for vast and varied terrain, huge bowls and spectacular glaciers with pristine snow, then look no further and book your heli or cat ski adventure in Golden, BC this winter.

Golden is the spiritual home of heli-skiing: it was born in the town’s backyard in the Bugaboo range of the Purcells, and local hero Rudi Gertsch is a true powder pioneer, having been at the forefront of heli-skiing since he arrived from Switzerland in 1966. With 3 heli-ski operators and 1 cat ski operator you are sure to find the perfect deal for you and your group.

Golden is surrounded by vast expanses of untouched snow and is a paradise for the serious skier. The Dogtooth range of the Purcell mountains is easily accessible from town and offers brilliant ski touring options. Located to the west of Golden are the Selkirk Mountains, home to the legendary Rogers Pass, one of the ski touring capitals of the world, boasting incredible terrain ranging from high-glaciated ascents to fantastic alpine descents with outstanding tree skiing. Head east to the Rocky Mountains and you’ll find some long ski runs among some of the highest peaks in the Rockies, all in majestic scenery.

You can also embark on a ski touring adventure in the famous Glacier National Park to the west or Yoho National Park to the east.

Golden is full of adventure off-piste with miles and miles of powder to explore, but it is highly recommended that you hire a certified ACMG guide to show you the ropes if you're heading out into the backcountry. If you are venturing into the backcountry alone, make sure you are prepared by taking any necessary training courses for avalanche safety, and mountain travel. Make sure you are aware of any winter permits required for the areas you are visiting for your own safety. Safety is your responsibility. Be prepared and always respect the environment.

Find more hints and tips on travelling safely and responsibly at tourismgolden.com/travel

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Great places to stay

There’s no place like home. But Golden has great places to stay while you play, including great hotels and motels, all with great access to local amenities. Many provide hot tubs, gym facilities and indoor pools to relax in after a great day of winter activities.

If you prefer a holiday cabin in the mountains, the scenic outskirts of Golden offer a wide range to suit any taste - from cosy, rustic cottages and cabins to large, luxurious lodges. You can also rent an on-mountain home at Kicking Horse- a great choice for groups both large and small– with quick access to the lifts, unique, owner-operated b&bs can be found both in town and in the surrounding rural areas, where getting to know the owners is half the joy (a tasty homemade breakfast is the other half).

If you’re on a shoestring budget or enjoy the ambience and friendships that come with staying at a hostel, then Golden’s got you covered, too. You can rent a small room or a single bed in a dormitory.

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A whole world of adventures

If you fancy a change from skiing, Golden offers all kinds of winter adventure.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to experience the snowy trails. At Kicking Horse you will find a 4km trail network off the Palliser Trail road. Moonraker, Cedar Lake and Yoho National Park also offer natural trails where you’ll find that off the beaten track feeling.

Snowmobiling

Golden is a natural choice for many sledders simply because of its beautiful scenery, terrain, light and dry snow conditions and convenient location. Local operators offer a variety of snowmobile tours or sled rental services. Golden has plenty of choices for snowmobilers to play with, offering over 240km of groomed trails, four maintained areas and 13 distinct zones.

Families or beginners can zip along established trail routes through forests while advanced sledders will enjoy the steep and remote alpine sledding areas. The Golden Snowmobile Trail Society and the Golden Snowmobile Club work together to keep trails in top-notch condition by grooming trails, maintaining bridges and cleaning cabins.

Ice climbing

With many great areas to choose from, this is an ice climbing mecca and a great spot to experience this exhilarating sport. Areas such as Kicking Horse Canyon, Blaeberry River Valley, Mount Hunter, Glenogle Valley, roadside waterfalls in Yoho National Park, and the Valenciennes are popular ice climbing spots and all offer a good range of ice climbing grades.

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It’s not just about the downhill!

Cross-country skiing in Golden offers groomed classic and skate cross country ski trails, and numerous options for creating your own tracks across frozen lakes and through forests. The Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre at Kicking Horse offers over 33 km of groomed skate and classic cross country ski trails, suitable for everyone from beginner to expert.

The Golden Golf Course trail system has a series of maintained trails perfect for beginner and intermediate cross country skiing. Due to their lower elevation they are best skied in the middle of winter season. The Moonraker trails do double duty as biking trails in the summer, but in winter they are great for breaking your own trails through forests and across Cedar Lake.

You can also enjoy an abundance of cross country skiing in one of the nearby National Parks. If you're looking for a workout take the 11km road to Lake O’Hara. The effort will be good for body and soul as you reach one of the most famous lakes in the Canadian Rockies.

Dining is Golden too

Discover a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, bistros and delis in Golden that offer a wide range of culinary delights to suit all tastes and budget. Many feature organic and local ingredients and have amazing views of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountain Ranges.
While in Golden, we recommend dining in at least one of the award-winning restaurants.

At the Eagle’s Eye restaurant, at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, you'll soar in a higher class altogether. Drink in epic panoramic views and enjoy gourmet dishes from Canada's highest restaurant. After the day’s adventures you can wind down with the vibrant nightlife in Golden.

Take the kids to one of the many performances at the Golden Civic Centre or enjoy a free concert in Spirit Square in downtown Golden. You can also listen to a live band at one of the fantastic bars, while getting to know the friendly locals.

Not only is Golden a place of spectacular scenery but it’s an authentic mountain town offering a rich history and plenty of cultural experiences, including a vibrant arts and culture scene. Check out our calendar for live performances, art exhibits, concerts, and featured outdoor events, such as the Freeride World Tour, and the Snow King Masque Parade.

Make the most of your visit to Golden, B.C. by downloading the free destination app. Find accommodations, places to eat and drink, activities, attractions, and events to match your interests and create your very own custom itinerary and trip plan that can be saved, downloaded and shared directly from the app. 

Go to tourismgolden.com/localapp to download the app.

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