WHY: A bare-bones lift network means lines can be long on powder days and weekends, but the place feels empty on the upper mountain. There, explore the expansive upper bowls and chutes.
CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE: As soon as the rope drops on a powder day, head to Terminator Ridge for heli-ski- style terrain. On your second lap, let the riffraff hike, and take the lower traverse to Golden Delicious. It gets less traffic.
LOCAL SECRET: A little hunting on the other side of the boundary line from Race Place will reveal a very cool rock gap. It’s well worth the effort.
APR-EH: Slide up to a table at the Whitetooth Mountain Bistro in Golden for an unexpected pairing: fancy vibe and quality food that won’t blow the budget.