Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C., has beefed up its offerings for beginners and families this winter. A new learning centre and a redesigned tubing hill for family fun moved slopeside in the village for easy access.

The new learning centre is located slopeside of the Mountaineer Lodge. Tucked between the tubing hill and skating pond, the beginner terrain is enclosed to protect beginners from faster skiers and riders.

Re-grading of the slope allows for pitches suitable for beginners and novices. Installation of a carpet lift makes the new beginner area user friendly.

Kicking Horse learning center

The new Kicking Horse Learning and Adventure Centre offers a beginner area, tubing, and a small ice rink. Photo by Becky Lomax.

First-time skiers and snowboarders can get a lesson package that includes a lift ticket, lesson, and rental gear. Lessons start in the new learning centre and advance to the Catamount Lift when participants are ready. The first timer two-hour lesson package costs $79 while the full day lesson package costs $129.

When novices graduate to the Catamount Chair, they can hop off at the mid-station. Several long novice runs descend back to the new beginner terrain.

Kicking Horse Learning Center

Colorful cutouts spruce up the new beginner area for kids. Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

The tubing hill also moved this winter. It now sits adjacent to the new learning centre. The tubing hill operates 10 a.m to 5 p.m daily, with hours extending until 8 p.m on Friday and Saturday evenings. Children can tube for $10 per hour; adults and youth can tube for $15 per hour.

On the opposite side of the learning center, a small ice rink offers a place for family skating. A fire pit offers a way to warm up or roast s’mores.

For more information on lessons and the learning centre, check here.