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.
|Transfer / Driving Time
Calgary (3 hrs)
No actual park but there are some obstacles near the base
|Avg annual snowfall
up to 290 inches
14,916 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
December 1 to mid April
|Number of lifts
3,486 acres – 15% Expert, 20% advanced, 45% intermediate & 20% beginners