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Kicking Horse: Almanac

Kicking Horse: Almanac

By Susan Reifer Ryan
posted: 11/04/2001

  • Getting There Fly into Calgary International Airport, from where the drive time to KHMR is almost four hours. Montair Aviation (604-946-6688;, also flies directly into Golden from Vancouver.
  • Sleeping In The clean, no-nonsense Prestige Inn (250-344-7990 or is a good option in downtown Golden. Alpine Meadows Lodge (250-344-5863; is nearest to the ski area. Emerald Lake Lodge (800-663-6336; is 45 minutes from Golden in the heart of Yoho National Park; you can't beat its peaceful lakefront cabins.
  • Dining Out For dinner, the quirky elegance of Sisters and Beans (250-344-2443) is the best bet. Be certain to call ahead for a reservation. Jenny's Java Express (250-344-5057) pulls a mean latte. Country Garden Restaurant (250-344-5971) makes great Thai food on its theme nights. Locals love the Moon Café (250-344-6662) for burgers.
  • Après-Ski Everyone in Golden goes to the smoky Mad Trapper (250-344-6661) for après.
  • Kicking Butt Purcell Helicopter Skiing (250-344-5410) specializes in ultra-pleasant, low-key wilderness powder skiing. Selkirk-Tangiers (250-837-5378), on the west side of Rogers Pass, is for skiers who prefer their heliskiing delivered with an adrenaline rush.
  • Don't Miss Booking one of two deluxe, mountaintop suites, located in the upper level of Eagle's Eye (866-754-5435).
  • Buying In Two- and three-bedroom luxury townhomes sold for between $186,500-$300,000; more townhomes and single-family lots will go on sale this winter. Call 888-706-1117.
  • Vital Stats Skiable Acres: 2,300; Lifts: three; Trails: 64; Vertical rise: 3,800; Average annual snowfall: 275 inches; Lift ticket, $28; Season pass, $420; 866-754-5425,
  • Information The Golden Chamber of Commerce, 800-622-4653 or 250-344-7125,
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