5 Tips to Have Your Best Day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

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Whether you're with family or friends, nothing beats a powder day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Popular for its huge terrain comprised of steep chutes and bowls, the resort can seem intimidating to many.

However, it also has a lot of amazing runs geared toward intermediate and beginner riders. With a learning area right at the ski base, newbies of all ages can hone their skills in a safe learning environment.

Here are a few local tips to ensure you have an awesome day of skiing and snowboarding at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

1. Get an early start
Arriving early ensures you a sweet parking spot and allows your group plenty of time to get ready. You will want to leave time to account for anyone in your crew who needs rental equipment, and remember you will also need to get lift tickets. There's nothing quite like getting first tracks on a powder day!

 Nothing beats first tracks on a powder day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort!

Nothing beats first tracks on a powder day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort!

2. Know before you go
It's a big resort, and understanding where you are on the mountain will make a huge difference in your day. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the trail map. Plan out the areas you want to ride to make sure you're hitting all the best terrain for your group.

We have trail maps available here at the lodge and we're happy to point out some of our favourite runs  :) 

 Looking down on the Columbia Valley from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC

Looking down on the Columbia Valley from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC

3. Use the buddy system
Riding with friends is way more fun, and it's also safer. It’s a big resort and people can easily get separated from their crew. Take frequent breaks on the mountain to make sure everyone is okay and still with the group before continuing on.

This is especially important if you're dipping into the trees - always ride with a buddy!

 Snowboarding and skiing with friends at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Snowboarding and skiing with friends at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

4. Take a break
KHMR has been known to take out the most seasoned rider before lunch time! Stop in at Double Black for a caffeine boost and refuel with one of their many delicious snacks or lunch choices. Enjoy their friendly relaxed atmosphere and you'll be recharged for the remainder of the day.

 Take a break to fuel up at one of the delicious cafes or restaurants at KHMR

Take a break to fuel up at one of the delicious cafes or restaurants at KHMR

5. Apres time!
Okay, you've earned it! You conquered the Horse and not only lived to tell about it you had an awesome time! Right at the base, head in to Peaks Grill, settle into the comfy armchairs and enjoy some frosty pints with your crew while you reminisce about your epic day. They offer a full food menu and are suitable for families, with children permitted until 10 pm.

If you’ve had enough of the ski hill and are ready to head in to town, stop in at the Whitetooth Brewing Company, one of Golden BC's newest and most popular additions. Take a seat in the warm and social tasting room where you can sample their selection of West Coast inspired craft beers with a great crowd of locals and travellers.

 Try one of the many delicious pints at Golden's Whitetooth Brewing Co. Photo: Brenna Donaldson

Try one of the many delicious pints at Golden's Whitetooth Brewing Co. Photo: Brenna Donaldson

Follow these tips and you’ll be the hero of your friends and family, guaranteeing you will be able to return over and over again to enjoy endless runs, good times, and of course that sweet sweet pow that Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is known for. 

Happy shredding and cheers from all of us here at Whitewater Lodge