Rad Resorts: Interior BC’s best-kept secret — Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Somewhere along the Powder Highway, deep in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, lies Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, a beast of a mountain with some of the gnarliest lift accessed terrain anywhere on the continent. Put it this way: Kicking Horse was part of a heli op before they even put the gondola in.
As a relatively new resort— it is currently in its 13th year of operation— those who value powder and scenic slopes are setting up shop in the nearby town of Golden, with its authentic Canadian feel; no contrived village here. As one of the area’s most respected rippers and something of a modern day mountain man, Justin Baun has called Golden home his entire life. Sponsored by Ride Snowboards and the local sled shop Motor Tech, Justin has been riding these mountains for over 20 years.
According to Baun, “I have chosen to stay in Golden and ride Kicking Horse because of the snow quality and access to the backcountry. When you get to the top of the gondola, you’re on top of a huge mountain ridge and nothing beats the freedom of picking your own run down one of those faces.”
Want a real Canadian getaway without the glitz and glam of Whistler? Check out Justin Baun’s inside info on Interior BC’s best-kept secret.
Best Month to Shred: March. Tons of snow, long days.
Best Sidecountry Hike: Terminator 2
Best Person to Ride With: Ave Perry
Best Hit Run: Blaster
Best Pow Run: Super Bowl
Best Live Music: Rockwater
Best Bar: The Riverhouse
Best Nightlife: Downtown Golden
Best Hotel: Mount 7 Lodges
Best Hotel on a Budget: Mary’s Motel (Scary Mary’s)
Best Hot Tub/Hot Spring: Radium Hot Springs (45 min)
Best Breakfast/Coffee: Jitta’s
Best Grocery Store: Sobeys
Best Pizza: Turning Point
Best Burger: Wolf’s Den
Best Veggie: 11/22
Best Snowboard Shop: Darkside
Best Night to Go Out: Thursday Jam Nite at The Taps
Best Place to Scare Yourself: The Riverhouse!
Best Secret Stash: If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret.
Best Urban Myth/Resort Legend: You’re talking to him!
Best Reason to Call Kicking Horse Home: The people and these mountains.
Where: Located 1.5 hours from Banff (2.5 hours from Calgary) on the Trans Canada Highway just outside the town of Golden, British Colombia.
Elevation: 3,900 – 98,033
Vertical Drop: 4,133
Number of Inbounds Chutes: 85
Lift Tickets: $83.95
Season Pass/Discount Info: www.skircr.com