The Mountain 2,600 skiable acres with bowls, chutes and glades; 4,133 vertical feet; baseelevation 3,900 feet; summit elevation 8,033 feet; 96 runs; 300 inches of average annual snowfall; 4 lifts, including the eight-person Golden Eagle Express Gondola, two quad chairs and one double. Ticket prices: US$37.
At Whispering Pines, 3- and 4-bedroom townhouses at the mountain start at about US$77 per person per night for six people, and include lift tickets. Rooms at the new Vagabond Lodge will start at about US$115, and include lift tickets and continental breakfast. Book through the resort's central reservations number or web site (see below).
The Cedar House Café & Restaurant, 735 Hefti Rd., 250-344-4679; Eleven22 Grill & Liquids, 1122 S. 10th Ave., 250-344-2443; Kicking Horse Grill, 1105 S. 9th St.; 250-344-2330.
The chance to take in a hockey game. The local rink is a hotbed of talent.Getting There
Major airlines serve Calgary, three hours away. Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle offers transportation from the airport to Kicking Horse and Golden for about US$40 each way. 888-762-8754.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, 250-439-5400 or 866-754-5425; kickinghorseresort.com; tourismgolden.com