Lift-hike in the Rocky Mountains
You can heli-hike (or backcountry ski) the Rockies—to seldom-visited places like magical Elizabeth Lake in the shadow of Mt. Assiniboine. Or try the budget-friendly approach: take the Fernie Alpine Resort chairlift to the Polar Peak Ridge Walk along the Lizard Range for sweeping panoramas 2,100 metres (6,890 feet) up. Another stunner is the epic Mountain Lakes Trail (AKA Heiko’s Trail): from the resort, 21 kilometres (13 miles) each way of switchbacks passing meadows, massive limestone caves, cliff walls, canyons and waterfalls—rated “very difficult,” yes, but the payoff is worth it.