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Spanning southeastern British Columbia, Canada’s Powder Highway claims the highest concentration of skiing and snowboarding in the world, with eight alpine resorts, dozens of heli and cat operations, seemingly endless backcountry (including huts and cabins), plus Nordic skiing and unlimited backcountry touring options. An exposé could fill an encyclopedia. Here are a few choice operations worthy of digging for gold.

Kicking Horse: You might get an ass-kicking at Kicking Horse, Revelstoke’s lesser-known but perhaps gnarlier neighbour. Take 12 minutes to survey 4,000 feet of steeps from the gondola. Terrain fans out over spiny ridges, with southern flanks plunging down gladed runs, and northern chutes that scream extreme. Not to worry, the adrenaline-averse can find easier runs for carving. kickinghorseresort.com

When the alpenglow fades, head to pint-sized Golden (tourismgolden.com) and swill microbrews like Blower Pow IPA at Whitetooth Brewing Co. (whitetoothbrewing.com). Turn-earners, note that Golden is a staging point for 20+ backcountry huts (info at cvhsinfo.org and alpineclubofcanada.ca).

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