Kicking Horse | Canada

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Resort info

Resort info

Spectacular views abound from the slopes of Kicking Horse, where dramatic, craggy peaks rise high above wide open bowls; nowhere else can you ride a single gondola right to the summit, providing stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding national parks, as well as easy access to alpine ridges and bowls. These same ridges and bowls keep the snow stashed deeper and longer, which is why Kicking Horse is known as the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada™.

The gondola ride to the top of Eagle’s Eye is stunning in itself, with views of sharp peaks punctuating the sky and trails of all descriptions passing beneath. Kicking Horse has terrain for novices and early intermediates, but it is advanced and extreme terrain where a Kicking Horse ski holiday really excels.

Boasting the fourth highest vertical in North America at 4314ft, the resort offers plenty of steep off-piste routes, several accessed only by hiking and plenty of tough trails too; the chutes in Super Bowl have increased the resort’s feast of double Black Diamond terrain still further while the most recently added traverse on Redemption Ridge made for easier access to Feuz Bowl.

Off the slopes

Off the slopes

The mountain village has several different accommodation options from condo-style hotel rooms at the base and several lodges that are ski-in. There are a few dining options; you can enjoy fine dining at Copperhorse Steakhouse or just grab a coffee at the Double Black Cafe. Nightlife is limited on a ski holiday to Kicking Horse but enjoyable, with great après especially at Peaks Grill.

No visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is complete without taking a gondola to the top of the mountain and visiting Canada’s most elevated dining experience, Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. It’s very popular so reservations are essential! Talk to us about the unique experience of staying up at the peak too.

While Kicking Horse resort is all about the mountain, if you do hanker for a party on your Kicking Horse ski holiday, downtown Golden, a short drive from the resort has more après on offer. The Rockwater Grill & Bar offering everything from music to comedy, and the Golden Taps Bar which has an excellent selection of craft beers on tap.

The resort has a tube park, open day and nights and accessed by the Jelly Bean surface lift, as well as a skating rink in the gondola plaza. There are some great Nordic Trails, plus snowshoeing and snowmobiling on offer. You can also heli-ski right from the resort village with Purcell Heli-Ski.

Resort Stats

Resort Stats

Transfer / Driving Time
Calgary (3 hrs)
Base elevation
3,450 feet
Terrain Park
spine, tabletops, quarter-pipes and rollers
Top elevation
7,000 feet
Avg annual snowfall
up to 360 inches
Vertical drop
3,550 feet
Lift capacity
14,916 skiers per hour
Number of runs
142 trails, 5 alpine bowls and tree skiing
Ski season
December 1 to mid April
Number of lifts
10- including 4 quads
and 3 triples
Skiable terrain
2,504 acres – 30% advanced, 40% intermediate & 30% beginners

"Thanks very much for making our holiday run smoothly"

"We had a fantastic holiday in Canada. I am pleased to say that everything went smoothly. We had the seats on the plane as requested, the transfer from the airport to Whistler with Whistler Connection was great and the hotel was lovely and staff friendly and helpful. Collecting the lift passes and ski rentals was no hassle.

Thank you very much for making our holiday run smoothly."

Mrs J Taylor - Travelled to Whistler