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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Calgary (3.5 hours)
Ski Area 220km
Ski Lifts 5
Ski Runs 35
Longest Run 5km
Resort Height 1000m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3 / 5
Intermediates 3.5 / 5
Experts 4.5 / 5
Families 3.5 / 5
Nightlife 3 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

Kicking Horse Ski Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, interior British Columbia’s big mountain skiing destination, began as an idea after a visit to Whitetooth Ski Hill (its former name) by award winning Vancouver architect Oberto Oberti in 1996.Oberti saw the potential to expand the infrastructure into a four season destination resort. With immense support from the local town of Golden, as well as local and international investors, the resort was bought and redeveloped and opened in December 2000 under its new name of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.It is located 10km outside Golden, British Columbia. The closest major city with an international airport is Calgary, 2.5 hours drive away
A far cry from humble beginnings of one double chairlift, one t-bar and 2,000 ft of vertical, the ski resort of Kicking Horse now has access to some of the most formidable terrain in Canada. The Golden Eagle Express gondola shuttles skiers and snowboarders directly into the high alpine in just over 12 minutes. This 8-person gondola serves the majority of the 2750 acres (220km) of terrain. The only other high alpine lift is the Stairway to Heaven, which runs from the bottom of Crystal Bowl to Blue Heaven Peak (8,033ft, 2450m).

Kicking Horse has built reputation on steep terrain and high annual snowfall (average 700cm, 275”). The unique layout of the ski resort is the way it traverses three distinct ridges - Terminator Peak, CPR Ridge and Redemption Ridge. These three areas have countless couloirs, each more hazardous than the last. And many of the ‘skiable’ lines of these ridges would be classified as permanently closed areas at bigger more popular resorts. Local skiers and riders have a common sense factor that keeps them away from such areas when the conditions are not forgiving.
Kicking Horse, as mentioned,already boasts huge snow dumps every season, making it the envy of neighbouring resorts.Many have also visited both Fernie and Kicking Horse as a 2 centre trip with a week in each and all reports back have been excellent, with Kicking Horse providing more steeper terrain for the expert skier.However for beginners and intermediates, there are plenty of the easy green and blue, long flowing runs, filtering down the slopes from the Golden Eagle Express gondola, but the expert or more advanced intermediate will get the most from this resort with the numerous bowls and glades flanking the steep ridges.A few runs before lunch at the excellent Eagles Eye mountain restaurant (one of the best in North America) then admire the stunning views, before plunging down some of the steep and deep terrain, Kicking Horse is already famous for.

The village has been quietly expanding and there is now high quality slopeside accommodation, such as Glacier and Mountaineer Lodges and Palliser Lodge Resort, with some excellent boutique style accommodation at Highland Lodge, with resort facilities to match.Kicking Horse is well worth the trip to Canada and particularly for those who Dare2 challenge themselves on the slopes!


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