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Golden Blog

Ask anyone 'what makes Golden, so Golden' and the answer will always include 'the people'.

Golden is an historic mountain town lived in and loved by real people who are proud of their heritage and are always ready with a warm welcome and happy to share their stories. Here, some Golden locals share their experiences, whether it be skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking,  snow or trail conditions, great dining, concerts or just enjoying our great mountain town.

Photo: Colin Wallace
Posted by Colin Wallace on

Generally, the further west down the Columbia valley one travels, the more snow you will find; the further east down the valley, there are more sunny days. Golden is kinda smack dab in the middle of the delicate balance between sun and snow. The cold weather blowing from the Rockies in the Yoho valley keeps temps cold, the sun out, and the snow light and dry throughout the season. Golden is all about having the best of both worlds.

Photo: Leigh & Spring McClurg - Rogers Pass - Golden BC
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When winter comes knocking at the door the only sensible thing to do is to head to the Rocky Mountains, where adventure is waiting for you around every curve of the skin track. The snow is sugary powder, the ice is blue and the mountains are beautiful, big and in your face. The area surrounding Golden is the perfect winter playground where you can ice climb one day, ski big backcountry mountain lines the next and then head for a fun day at the ski resort.

Posted by Colin Wallace on

When the sun isn’t shining, it’s time to go play in the trees; this is 98% of the time in January and February, so having a good stash of tree riding spots is key. The mountains around Golden are synonymous with incredible alpine riding and easy access, but just off the groomed trails are playgrounds of deep snow and perfectly spaced trees. I’m not gonna let you in on all my secret spots, but I will say this, head to Silent Pass to explore a little beyond the groomed trails and rolling alpine.

Photo Hannah Keiver, Golden BC
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Golden Moments

by Hannah KeiverJanuary 18, 2017

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Golden is a very dog-friendly town so it’s a little surprising that taking your dog for ski is not easy.  This is mostly because our primary cross country ski area, Dawn Mountain, only has a 250 m long trail that is dog-friendly.

I accidently rescued a puppy (named Moberly) in June and have been trying to figure out the best place to ski with him, as skiing is my favourite form of winter exercise.

Snowmobiling in Golden BC - Photo Colin Wallace
Posted by Colin Wallace on

Living in Golden gives me pretty easy access to a lot of different sledding areas in; deep tree riding and wide open alpine riding is available in the neighbouring towns, however, why would I leave when I can get all that here?

I always talk about getting out and exploring new towns and new ranges to the north and closer to the coast, but when it’s good, why go anywhere else? Golden is good. Real good, and real good often.

Touring in Golden BC - Photo: Abby Cooper
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Gazing out the windows of the Bluebird Café in Golden BC always seems to inspire an adventure regardless of the season. The ski runs craved into the mountainside of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort stare back at me, and next to them lay the untouched goods of the seemly endless Dogtooth Mountain Range. Both bekcon me to ski them, but today the backcountry wins.

Posted by Shane Kroeger on

With the first powder turns of the year made this week, I can’t help to wonder if the bike season in Golden is truly over.  Only in the last few days has the transition from fall to winter started to happen.  While the snowpack in the alpine has started to provide some excellent skiing, the trails in the valley remained in great shape.  Spring and Fall are my two favourite seasons around here when I can ski, bike, and kayak all in the same day.

Posted by Stephanie Knaak on

I was looking through old blog posts and realized that I had yet to write a post on favourite family hikes near Golden even though it’s one of our main ‘go to’ family activities – especially during the in-between seasons. So here it is, a post on some favourite ‘family-friendly’ hiking options. I’ve picked three hikes -- all close by and all relatively short (so they work well for younger kids and won’t threaten to take up the whole day).

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Fall in Golden BC is for people who want to feel cozy and at home visiting a small mountain town. It’s the season where you probably get to feel most like a local. As the summer tourist season comes trickling to an end and the winter folks have yet to arrive, there’s just that perfect little window of time where the town slows down and gets kind of quiet – I think of it as Golden’s meditative season.


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