Cross-Country skiing (Dave Heath photo)
For a change of pace and a workout for different muscle groups, visit Golden's network of cross-country ski trails, located just a five minute-walk from the day lodge of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Golden Nordic Ski Club
The Golden Nordic Ski Club maintains 32km/21mi of 6m/20ft wide trails, which are groomed for both skating and classic techniques. Much of the area is forested, rolling terrain, with approximately 50% rated beginner, 40% intermediate and 10% advanced. There's a small warming hut in the middle of the trail system, and a couple of scenic viewpoints – the views across the valley are awesome. A section of the trail system is set on Golden Golf Club property.
Dawn Mountain is known for excellent early season snow conditions. In fact, the Canadian National Team uses Golden as a training facility.