That's for the response. Is golden worth the drive?I haven't ridden there a ton, but I know it really depends on what you're looking for. Swansea has some more challenging DH stuff - it gets shuttled more than pedaled I think but we pedaled it (up the singletrack) and we found some great fun on the down.
Panorama has some good lift serviced stuff.
For XC riding the Johnson/Kloosifier area is pretty good. And Nipika has their own network of XC trails in a beautiful setting (there may be a trail fee there) - I'd choose Nipika over Johnson/Kloosifier and if you contact the owners of the resort they'd be very helpful.
I did a day in the Juniper trail network and found it pretty meh - all the rest has some fun.
As I said, I'm no expert on the area, so if someone more familiar chimes in I'd defer to them.
Tnx. Got back home this past weekend. The riding was good. Swansea was a cool shuttle mountain. Wish I had more time there. The XC trails between invermere and Pano were ok. Just scenic smooth trails. The blues were more like Greens. Kimberley Nordic center was good. Did 3-4 loops around there one day. Hit up the Pano bike park. One day was good for us. Needed rain.I dont ride xc anymore, just lift access.. i was in Golden late June early July and have been to Invermere/ radium twice this july. The trail head around Invermere/Radium have way more cars parked than the trailheads in Golden. There are tons of trail heads in Golden, all have cars but the Invermere area trails cars are parked on both sides of the road.
Lift access wise Kicking horse when I was there had zero line ups and both a gondola and a quad chair. Whereas Panorama both weekends the lift lines are about 45mins wait with only one quad chair operating. Kicking horse is lower price than Panorama and Kicking horse offers multi day discounts. Kicking horse is steep, and from the gondola longer runs. Seems more people go to Radium/Invermere over Golden. While in Golden every where I went people talked about how great the trails are and the quantity of trails. While in Invermere I haven’t heard a single person talk about trails just saw packed trailheads.
Cant say much about the non lift access trails since i haven’t been on them. From Radium Golden is about an hour drive.
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Oh if I knew you'd travel as far as Kimberley I'd have suggested Bootleg Mountain. It's awesome.Tnx. Got back home this past weekend. The riding was good. Swansea was a cool shuttle mountain. Wish I had more time there. The XC trails between invermere and Pano were ok. Just scenic smooth trails. The blues were more like Greens. Kimberley Nordic center was good. Did 3-4 loops around there one day. Hit up the Pano bike park. One day was good for us. Needed rain.