Winter Activities

Cross-Country Skiing along the Blaeberry River

Winter Toboggan Ride

Snowshoeing along the Blaeberry River

  Winter is a magical time at Quantum Leaps Lodge and Retreat in Golden, BC

Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing by the wood stove, winter magic awaits you in the Golden, BC area.  Quantum Leaps Lodge and Retreats offers a unique and wonderful winter getaway for your family or group... where you can avoid the crowds and long lift lineups at the fancy ($!) Resorts and enjoy your Canadian Rockies winter vacation, snowshoeing or cross country skiing right from Quantum Leaps property on the Blaeberry River.  There are snowshoes here you can use for free! You have access to countless kms of untracked snow on crown land.  And you can go tobogganing down the hill from the Lodge or build a snowman too!  Here you can have a wonderful and memorable time together with your family in an intimate and private setting.  There are many adventures to be had here in the Blaeberry Valley.  And then if you wish to head to the Kicking Mountain Resort for some world-class downhill skiing or snowboarding, it is around a 45 minute drive away.

After a fun day outside playing in our "Golden" winter...

  • Sit in our outside hot tub or wonderful cedar sauna to relax and rejuvenate for the next day.
  • Or soak in some radiant heat relaxing by the fireplace.
  • Or come on over to the Craft Room and spend some creative time making a Dream Catcher or other Art projects (by donation).  All instruction and materials are provided.
  • Or watch one of our many documentary DVD's available for you to borrow.
  • For a completely perfect day you could then book one of Annette's fabulous, therapeutic massages.

Golden, BC also has beautiful groomed and tracked Cross- Country ski trails called the Dawn Mountain Nordic Ski Trails, located up at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  Set for both classical and skating, there are 30km of beautiful gladed trails.  From beginners to advanced skiers there is something for everyone.  There are also track set trails at the Golden Golf Course.  Another beautiful way to enjoy an afternoon out. We also skiier set tracks along the River right from our doorstep. 

Golden, BC is also your destination for heli- skiing and cat skiing.  Spend a few days with us and then continue on to other opportunities up in the mountains at Chatter Creek Lodge, Mistaya Lodge, or Amiskwi Lodge.  Rogers Pass at Glacier National Park is only a one hour drive from us and is a world class destination for Backcountry touring.  With an average of 12ft of snow, I've personally enjoyed some of my best untracked powder days there!

A 1 1/2hr drive is now BC's newest resort; Mount Revelstoke.  Renowned for the incredible amount of snow that falls every year, this Resort is a Skier and Snowboarder's paradise.


Kicking Horse Mountain

Canadian Rockies skiing is at it's finest when you ski at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort located in Golden, BC.  And then for your Golden, BC accommodations, come stay with us!  Your expectations are sure to be exceeded!

Rated as North America's top place for "powder" by Skiing Magazine, you will be thrilled by the downhill skiing and snow boarding. Canadian Rockies skiing and especially BC skiing is renowned all over the world. Kicking Horse now has snow-making abilities. With 4133ft of vertical it is the highest resort in the Canadian Rockies.  The Eagle's Eye restaurant at the top of the gondola is rated as one of the "best restaurants" in Canada (and it's the highest one as well).  Spend your day skiing or snow boarding at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Quantum Leaps is around a 45 minute drive from the Resort.


Backcountry Ski Lodges

Chatter Creek Lodge is a beautiful helicopter access, cat skiing lodge located on the edge of the continental divide near the Columbia Ice fields and east of Rogers Pass.  There you will find incredible scenery, accommodations and powder skiing.  For more info on Chatter Creek, you can also drop in at the Travel Information Centre in Golden.

Mistaya Lodge is located on the west slopes of the Canadian Rockies near Yoho National Park. There frequent up slope snowfalls and very dry powder (even for the Rockies) provide us with excellent telemark and alpine ski touring.

Amiskwi Lodge is a situated above Amiskwi pass, just outside of the west boundary of Yoho National Park. At an elevation of 6900 ft (2104 m), Amiskwi is blessed with a winter-time average of 2.5 m snowpack.


Heli Skiing Companies

Purcell Helicopter skiing has been offering its guests the ultimate deep powder heli-skiing experience since 1973. Their aim is to provide less demanding skiing at a more relaxed pace. They are a local company based in Golden, BC.

RK HeliSki - offer heliskiing and hell-boarding.  Come and enjoy your heli-ski/boarding winter vacation in the heart of the Purcell Mountains where the powder snow is deep, the air is fresh and the experience exhilarating. Enjoy mountains over 11,000 ft. and spectacular views. Up to 6000 vertical feet of varied terrain includes glacier snowfields and gladed tree runs.


Cross Country and Backcountry Ski Trails

Dawn Mountain Nordic Ski Trails where nordic ski trails have been developed by the BC forest Service and the Golden Nordic Club. The local ski club maintains a brand new day lodge and track-sets approximately 30 kilometers of trail for classic style and skating technique.  Day fee is $10.00.  You can also book Cross Country Ski Lessons through the Nordic Club.

Rogers Pass at Glacier National Park - Visitors to the park will find ski touring terrain; including glades, alpine bowls and icefields where descents of more than 1500 metres are possible. All ski destinations in the park require knowledge of travel in avalanche terrain. Avalanche Bulletins are available for most areas in BC and Alberta... depending on where you wish to Ski Tour.  Always check in with the avalanche forecasts for current conditions.

Have a safe and fun time out in the Snow!