Summer’s dog days chasing you Canada-ward? Check out the northern Rockies’ newest retreat, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Open for its first summer season, Kicking Horse, 164 miles west of Calgary, is Banff-caliber scenic without the traffic jams. Gondolas whisk riders to the 11,266-foot mountaintop, where they begin the six-mile downhill trek by foot or bike. Rafters can float the valley’s wicked Kicking Horse River. Toast either trip with a local British Columbia vintage at Eagle’s Eye, the resort’s panoramic restaurant situated at 7,700 feet. Until developers erect an on-mountain village, accommodations in the valley town of Golden range from cabins to hotels. (866) 754-5425,