Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
The largest private ski resort owner/operator in all of Canada, RCR puts your ski needs above all else. If you’re looking for a trip in British Columbia, look no further than two of its popular resorts: Kicking Horse and Fernie Alpine.
Sitting just outside the town of Golden in BC, Kicking Horse bills itself as the “Champagne Powder Capital” of Canada, thanks to the deep alpine ridges and bowls that fill with fresh snow throughout the mountain passes. It’s also home to more than 100 ski runs, so whether you’re a novice or looking for exhilarating black diamond runs, there’s a trail for you to hit. One of its signature features is the gondola ride; in a single ride to the summit, you’ll get prime views of the Rocky Mountains and nearby national parks. Afterward, you can head into the onsite ski village for everything from shopping to soul food at the Heaven’s Door Yurt.
Best run: Cloud Nine, Sluiceway, and Show Off are all intermediate runs starting at the top of the mountain, which has the fourth highest vertical drop in North America at 4,133 feet. These three trails are among the locals’ favorite for intermediate skiers and are recommended by the resort for first time visitors to Kicking Horse, as Cloud Nine and Sluiceway are about as high up the mountain as some of the more advanced runs. If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme (and tons of untouched powder) Kicking Horse also has a heli-skiing operation right at the resort.
Best après: The Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is perched at the very top of the mountain (a 7,700-square foot elevation) and is known for its five-star fine dining menu in a luxe rustic setting. Even though it’s high up, it’s not a hike to get there; just a 12-minute gondola ride to the mountain summit sits between the mountain base and you ordering the venison & bison bourguignon while you take in the views. If you can’t bear to take the ride back down, you can even book your accommodations in a private suite at Eagle Eye -- if you’re willing to pay about $900/night. (Hey, we said it was luxe.) For drinks, head off the resort to Whitetooth Brewing in nearby Golden -- offering six of their local craft brews in their tasting room.