Kicking Horse

Ski resorts in Canada
Deep powder and big vertical make the Kicking Horse Ski Resort a memorable place to visit. Nestled along the edge of the famed Rocky Mountain Trench, this ski area shares its name with the nearby mountain pass and river. Long downhill runs await skiers and snowboarders coming to this winter venue west of Golden, British Columbia.

Driving here is simple as motorists can use Highway 1 to get to Golden. Several local and domestic airfields can handle regional flights, with Calgary's International Airport receiving International flights 170 miles away in the Province of Alberta. Ground transportation is easier to secure in Calgary than at some of the closer airfields that maintain smaller fleets of vehicles.

Ski and Stay on the Slopes

Guests at the Kicking Horse Ski Resort can kick back after a day on the slopes, with ski-in/ski-out lodging or off mountain rooms. There are almost 20 places to choose from, providing accommodations for nearly any size party or budget. Four dining venues sit within the Village, with an additional grill in the day lodge and yurt near the "Stairway" lift. The best option might be the gondola ride to Eagle's Eye Restaurant, billed as "Canada's most elevated dining" at 7,700 feet.

Kicking Horse has several retail centers offering items for the slopes and off them. The Brand Store, Outfitters, and Performance Renal Centre sell or rent gear and clothing. A General Store provides guests with online shopping and delivery, making stocking up easy. Selkirk Sports and other full-service shops sell, fix, and tune in Golden.

Daycare services allow parents to carve the powder while the toddlers stay entertained (ages 18 months to five years). The Kicking Horse ski area offers ski and snowboarding lessons, with classes divided into adult and kid participants. Sessions divide further into hourly, daily, and multiple session events. Each session or camp focuses on skills ranging from first-timers to advanced skiers and riders looking to improve their technique.

One of North America's Largest

The Kicking Horse ski area has an average annual snowfall of 288 inches, with equipment helping maintain the best quality base through the season. Snow at the resort is powdery, making it the stuff that skiers and riders dream about plowing through as they work their way down a run. Night owls wanting to ski or ride after the sun goes down will be disappointed that everything shuts down at dinner time. That said, there are over 3,400 skiable acres at the Kicking Horse Resort that they can explore during the day, however.

A 4,314-foot vertical drop makes this the six-largest in North America, providing skiers and snowboarders plenty of potentials as they bomb down the trails (brain buckets should be standard gear here). There are over 120 runs on the slopes at Kicking Horse, with advanced and expert trails taking up most of the mountain.

Trails ratings here are green/beginner (20-percent), blue/intermediate (20-percent), black diamond/advanced (45-percent), and double black diamond/expert (15-percent). Those stats draw serious skiers and riders from all over. Five lifts serve guests at Kicking Horse.

Kicking Horse Snow forecast

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Facts about Kicking Horse

Number of slopes:129
Easiest Green slopes:18
Intermediate Blue slopes:17
Advanced Black slopes:59
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:12
Longest slope:32808 ft

Lifts (Total: 5)

Vertical drop
Kicking Horse Vertical drop
Highest Point: 8038 ft
Vertical drop: 4134 ft
Base Point: 3904 ft

Start:14 December
End: 7 April

Country: Canada
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Reviews for Kicking Horse

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Heidi Karlberg
Heidi Karlberg (Guest)
Kicking Horse Resort located in Golden, British Columbia, Canada is not super easy to get to, far off the beaten track but once you get there, you the... Read more (128 words)
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Heidi (Guest)
Killer snow everyday for 2 weeks. A typical canadian feel of laid back easy going locals, powder days, great local coffee, and a view to die for. Plus... Read more (49 words)
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Quite simply: D Good skiing, little people, opportunity to hike, challenging slopes. That's why Freeride World Tour has had competitions where the l... Read more (29 words)
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Kicking horse reminds little of Kittelfjäll, though different. The advantage is that it is far from everything else which means that the big mass is n... Read more (127 words)
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It's a good place if snow is good. Ridden 4 days in a row with 10-30 cm fresh powder in mid February, epic !! And apparently it has just continued to ... Read more (80 words)
Peter Svensson
Peter Svensson (Guest)
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Canon there is so much to discover, rent a guide at the Big Mountain Center recommended. For example, Andy Walton very nice o good we always got to go... Read more (75 words)
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Really nice terrain. Great place if you have good conditions, but it's quite small. Like all other plants in North America there are many about the l... Read more (55 words)
Josefin (Guest)
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Just to clarify: Golden is 14 km from the lifts, but there is a shuttle bus that costs 4 CAD (about 25 kr). Or you can stay at the lifts, a bit more d... Read more (221 words)
John Cavanaugh
John Cavanaugh (Guest)
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I've lived about 3 years in nearby Banff, but traveled mostly in BC, Alberta, and also Colorado. Kicking Horse and the backcountry ride is definitely ... Read more (269 words)
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Were in Kicking March 05 o can only say that the mountain is weekend if it snowed. Had some good days when we hiked o went in the bowlers. Really nice... Read more (103 words)
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Rider: Joakim Nilsson Photo: Oskar Wagrelius

Trail map

Trail map Kicking Horse

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