Part One of our journey to Kicking Horse Mountain and Golden, BC is posted up and now we’re onto Part Two of Three!

Cedar House Restaurant

After a day of boarding at Kicking Horse, we headed down the mountain for a delicious dinner experience at Cedar House Restaurant.

Cedar House Restaurant

The restaurant is tucked away in a residential area in Golden, BC just outside of downtown… and it’s one of those places that you would only really find if you heard about it from the locals. It really is a secret spot! I also noticed that they have chalets for rent beside the restaurant, so although I didn’t get to check them out, it seems like a neat place to stay as well.

Cedar House Restaurant

We also got to meet our guide Mike, from Canadian Powder Adventures who was going to take us hiking/ski touring into the Kicking Horse back country the next day. That guy could really sing and play! On an interesting side note, I’ve noticed that a lot of people in Golden seem to be multi-talented. Everyone does a couple different jobs and helps each other out with different businesses. It really is a cool and diverse community. Allan is still trying to convince me to move there.

Crab Bisque - Cedar House Restaurant

They bill themselves as “Fresh Grown Rocky Mountain Cuisine”, and they aren’t kidding! They actually grow most of the vegetables consumed in the restaurant in an organic garden they have planted outside. Everything is organic, and is locally sourced. This crab bisque was really good.

Organic Chicken - Cedar House Restaurant

The free-range chicken looked pretty amazing…

Halibut - Cedar House Restaurant

I tried the halibut myself and it was awesome… tasted very fresh and rich.

Toffee Bread Pudding - Cedar House Restaurant

Of course, the real highlight of the dinner for me was the freakin’ incredible toffee bread pudding! Now, to be honest I’ve never had bread pudding before, so I didn’t know what to expect… but it was soooooooooo good. I may have to try and find this somewhere in Vancouver now. Any recommendations?

Cosmo Martini - Cedar House Restaurant

Also, the cocktails were good. I ordered a cosmo. And is not at all the reason why we had a late start the next morning.


The next morning (well, I should say early afternoon… we slept in a little), we met our guide Mike at the top of the gondola on Kicking Horse mountain. We snowboarded a bit down one run, made it up a chair, snowboarded along the ridge and found ourselves riding down some fresh powder leftovers (I couldn’t believe it wasn’t all skied out) in the “Fuse bowl” just off the side of the resort.

Kicking Horse, Golden Backcountry

The back country near the resort at Kicking Horse is AMAZING. It’s all so accessible and it all funnels down back onto the bottom of the resort so you can either take the gondola back up or easily get to where you parked your car. So many people ski tour around here it is crazy… and I can see why.

Allan hiking

We rented our back country gear like our backpacks, shovels, probes, and beacons from Avalanche Safety Solutions in Golden, and we got our snowshoes and poles from 180 Mountain Sports in town. We even got to try out a Snowpulse Airbag backpack… which we will of course save for our awesome HD snowboard video coming up ;)

Me and our awesome guide Mike from Canadian Powder Adventures

Here I am with Mike, our fantastic guide from Canadian Powder Adventures. I honestly didn’t even know that you could hire someone to take you into the back country for a day trip… and when we met Mike in the restaurant it just seemed like a great idea. I am SO glad we did. He was so patient with us (even though I am totally out of shape and was super slow), and taught us a lot about avalanche safety as we went along on the tour. Allan and I are really new to the back country stuff… we did out AST-1 avalanche training course last year, but this is the first time we’ve really been out in the backcountry when it hasn’t been a course.

Kicking Horse, Golden Backcountry

The snow was just perfect. Really stable, super soft but yet firm enough to hike on, and of course… we had a blue sky day… can’t ask for much more than that!

View over the ridge of Kicking Horse, Golden Backcountry

The views were just beautiful off the top of the ridge. I was amazed how much accessible backcountry there was… we didn’t come across anyone during our hike and we rarely saw other people’s lines.

View over the ridge of Kicking Horse, Golden Backcountry

Yeah, it took me a little longer than it should have to hike, plus we got a late start… so we did get to see the start of a beautiful sunset :)

Our hiking trail

Here is our trail from the gondola to where we rode down. Mike says it would take him 40 minutes to do it… it took us 2 and a half hours. Haha! I couldn’t believe how far we went though.. Mike really chose a great trail.

Me completely exhausted

Here I am at the bottom of Kicking Horse, super tired and exhausted! Haha! It was a perfect day though, and I really can’t wait to show you guys all the video footage we got! Saving the best for last for sure…… :)

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  1. Allan Says:

    We should go back now because that was so much fun! Mike “The Singing Guide” was great, as I huffed and puffed up the hill I couldn’t believe he could just sing and walk. I had frozen icicles hanging off my helmet! I definitely feel more inclined to find a split board. Even if I only used it once a season it would be better than hauling snow shoes around.
    Thanks Mike for the adventure
    and Steve for co-coordinating our good times
    and Allie for keeping track of these adventures so I can relive them at work.

    Mmmmmmmmmmm toffee bread pudding

  2. VancouverBoarder Says:

    how come you guys didn’t rent splitboards?

    that place looks soooo rad and I would love to try backcountry riding there

  3. VancouverBoarder Says:

    also! your outfit keeps changing this year!

  4. Steve Crowe Says:

    Let me know when you want me to start looking for some real estate for you in Golden. For the price of that apartment you are in you could be here in a timber frame lodge with a view of the mountains.
    Great photos! Love the blog.

  5. Sean Says:

    Wow, Allie… your landscape photography, the way you photograph the incredible scenery around you is almost surreal. So beautiful. It hurts.

  6. Chris Says:

    The trip looks like it was quite a bundle of fun. I guess I’m really missing out, considering I’ve never boarded or skied in my life. Something about best wipeout ever followed by surgical repair to my catastrophic injury that has those in my life telling me it ain’t such a good idea.

    I wish I was more coordinated.

  7. Urban Dweller Says:

    Great photography, can’t wait to see the video! :)

  8. Mike Says:

    Wow – getting a guide for hitting the backcountry sounds so awesome! I’m regretting that I was too busy to get in an AST-1 course (or is it still possible?)
    Yet another thing added to the list of ‘what to do in Golden’ – the guide helps reduce the “okay, what the hell am I going to do back here?” factor of backcountry fun… :)

  9. Laura Says:

    Seems that this trip was so full of good things!

    I’ve never snowboarding, but I’ve skied, and seeing those pictures with the snow so pefect gives me a little envious. When I was the last time, the snow was packed with rails for the beginners..
    I would like to return soon.

    Hope you’ll have a wonderful time too.
    Thanks for stopping by :)

    - Laura

  10. Cristina Says:

    I was reading these post about the snow time and I’m a little jealous. I’ve never snowboarding and I’d like to some day, but I’m a little clumsy xD

    Hope you’ll have a great time these Christmas! I’ll try :)


  11. Nikki Says:

    Amazing views! What an experience.

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