Kicking Horse: Almanac

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Getting There Fly into Calgary International Airport, from where the drive time to KHMR is almost four hours. Montair Aviation (604-946-6688; www.montair.com), also flies directly into Golden from Vancouver.

Sleeping In The clean, no-nonsense Prestige Inn (250-344-7990 or www.golden@prestigeinn.com) is a good option in downtown Golden. Alpine Meadows Lodge (250-344-5863; www.alpinemeadowslodge.com) is nearest to the ski area. Emerald Lake Lodge (800-663-6336; www.crmr.com) is 45 minutes from Golden in the heart of Yoho National Park; you can't beat its peaceful lakefront cabins.

Dining Out For dinner, the quirky elegance of Sisters and Beans (250-344-2443) is the best bet. Be certain to call ahead for a reservation. Jenny's Java Express (250-344-5057) pulls a mean latte. Country Garden Restaurant (250-344-5971) makes great Thai food on its theme nights. Locals love the Moon Café (250-344-6662) for burgers.

Après-Ski Everyone in Golden goes to the smoky Mad Trapper (250-344-6661) for après.

Kicking Butt Purcell Helicopter Skiing (250-344-5410) specializes in ultra-pleasant, low-key wilderness powder skiing. Selkirk-Tangiers (250-837-5378), on the west side of Rogers Pass, is for skiers who prefer their heliskiing delivered with an adrenaline rush.

Don't Miss Booking one of two deluxe, mountaintop suites, located in the upper level of Eagle's Eye (866-754-5435).

Buying In Two- and three-bedroom luxury townhomes sold for between $186,500-$300,000; more townhomes and single-family lots will go on sale this winter. Call 888-706-1117.

Vital Stats Skiable Acres: 2,300; Lifts: three; Trails: 64; Vertical rise: 3,800; Average annual snowfall: 275 inches; Lift ticket, $28; Season pass, $420; 866-754-5425, www.kickinghorseresort.com.

Information The Golden Chamber of Commerce, 800-622-4653 or 250-344-7125, www.goldenchamber.bc.ca.