First Class accommodation at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada.
Reservations for Palliser Lodge accommodation at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort are made many months prior to this planned hiking mission, primarily in Yoho National Park and Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Palliser Lodge is one of many accommodation options at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above Golden, BC. Although the distance traveled west along the TransCanada Highway from Calgary has occurred many times, through spectacular mountains above canyons interrupted by the gasoline, motel, and restaurant alley at Golden, this will be an initial visit to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a cornucopia of sightseeing, adventure, commercial enterprise and real estate development.
The drive through Golden, across a narrow, one-way bridge over the Columbia River, followed by the longer than expected 14 KM (8 ¾ mile) drive on a paved, giant switchback up to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, finds the resort busy hosting a large and well attended Mountain Bike Competition. The delay in check-in time provides the opportunity to return to Golden for supplies at the Sobeys grocery store. Following check-in, the vehicle is parked in secure, heated underground parking before using valet carts to transport luggage by elevator from the garage to the top floor unit. Opening the rental condo door is a 'WOW' moment.
The two-bedroom accommodation substantially exceeds expectations. The fully equipped kitchen, with granite island and counter tops, hosts every modern, upper-end appliance known to person kind. The dining area separates the bedrooms on the left and the living room past the kitchen provides satellite television, a fireplace and wi-fi. The top floor suit has the added dramatic element of space-creating vaulted ceilings. Two balconies provide sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The balcony accessed from the living room is equipped with a large hot tub. The bathroom includes a soaker tub. The accommodation is impressive.
This is a well maintained owners suite which is rented in the owner's absence to defer financing expense. The property office is on site.
The small but comfortable living room is an excellent place to discuss the highlights of each day and prepare for the next day's upcoming adventure for a successful wilderness hiking experience.
The fireplace and television provide relaxation and next day weather forecasts in preparation for the subsequent hiking day. The soaker tub and the hot tub provide tired muscle relief at the end of each day. This is luxury. Different than backpacking.
Exiting the front door of Palliser Lodge leads to a clear view of the back of Glacier Mountaineer Lodge which provides a wide range of hotel style accommodation above the commercial locations at ground level. A shortcut on path across the field leads to several ski lift locations on slopes to the south.
On the stone patio between grassy slopes and store fronts on the ground floor of Glacier Mountaineer Lodge there are a number of artistic features including carvings and ceramic inlays.
The west end of Glacier Lodge, near the Day Lodge hosts a well equipped sports rental store. There are mountain bikes here which are different from any previously seen. These are ultra-fortified, heavy-duty mountain bikes. Mountain biking here is serious business.
The double black diamond routes, with harrowing twists, turns, ramps and jumps over rock cliffs will test the skills of the young men and women with the courage and skill to tackle them.
Over the course of the five day stay at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, a broad range of weather and a series of spectacular sunrises and sunsets provide the framework for the series of planned adventures. Following is a brief collection of some of the scenery collected from the two balconies.
The following map of the core Kicking Horse Mountain Resort complex may help to place the buildings in perspective.
This accommodation substantially exceeded expectations. Request for service and information were handled efficiently and with courtesy. The experience here became an important and positive component in the execution of ambitious hiking plans.
Photos for this post were collected over the duration of the stay between August 4 and August 8, 2013.