Q&A: Where exactly are you and how do I get there?
Whenever I’m looking to travel somewhere, one of the first things I do is look at a map. I want to get a lay of the land – where everything is in relation to everything else, and what will be my route to get there.
There are a LOT of ski destinations in B.C. and it’s a BIG place, so a little geography homework goes a long way.
So, where to?
We meet and fly with guests from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which is located in the small mountain town of Golden, BC, Canada.
Golden is in the easternmost part of British Columbia, less than an hour from the border with the province of Alberta.
You’ll find us along the Trans-Canada highway (or #1), about three hours drive west from Calgary, Alberta.
The closest major and international airport is Calgary (YYC). You can fly direct to Calgary from most Canadian cities, and a lot of American and European cities as well.
YYC is where you’ll want to grab your rental vehicle and head west. And don’t worry: you’re rewarded for your patience. The drive just gets more and more scenic by the hour.
Don’t want to drive yourself?
Public transport is limited, and distances are large. It’s possible to book a charter shuttle if you plan to stay pretty much in one place for your stay, but don’t count on buses, trains or short walking distances on the other side. Having the freedom of your own vehicle is really the way to go.
The route from Calgary to Golden takes you through iconic mountain destinations and views. Many people plan a stop to ski one of the resorts (Sunshine or Lake Louise) for before or after Golden.
What else is nearby?
Revelstoke is a two-hour drive further to the west, plus a time change into the Pacific time zone (one hour behind).
Invermere (home of Panorama ski resort) is two hours to the south.
Fernie is a bit of a mission at four hours south.
The important take-away is this:
It’s common for heli-skiing to involve a lot of logistics, and different legs of the journey, to finally get you in that remote lodge and prepped for your first day in the chopper.
Being resort-based like we are, with remote mountains a short flight away, you can travel on day one, and be en route to the first drop on day two.
Grab a flight to Calgary, and take a scenic drive to Kicking Horse. An incredible backcountry adventure awaits.
Ready when you are!
Did you know that Interior B.C. is home to more heli and cat-skiing operators than anywhere else in the world? What makes it so special? Check out four ways B.C. backcountry earned its fame.
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