Acres: 2,800 | Vertical: 4,133’ | Snowfall: 295” | kickinghorseresort.com
High alpine bowls separated by knife-edge ridges converge midmountain at Kicking Horse, a raucous BC resort that sits about eight miles from Golden. Claiming the fourth longest vertical drop in North America, Kicking Horse promises varied terrain and often bone-dry powder. “It’s more of an advanced skier’s mountain, with lots of gullies, chutes, and couloirs,” says Golden local Yannik Schulz. “But Golden’s pretty laid-back. We’re just here for the fun.”
Can’t-Miss Run: On a powder day, stoke your confidence on Feuz Bowl, far looker’s right on the mountain, where the terrain is mellower than its black and double-black diamond labels. Then shoulder your boards and hike 20 minutes to Super Bowl between Terminator and Terminator 2 Peaks. “It feels like you’re in Alaska,” promises Schulz.
Resort Bite: Experience an unforgettable tomato and bacon sandwich at Double Black Café, directly across from the gondola at the resort base.
Stay an Extra Day: The resort’s new Big Mountain Clinics offer personalized instruction that breaks the mountain’s more challenging terrain into manageable steps. —Rachel Walker
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.