Altitude: 1190-2450 Meters

Kicking Horse in short

  • 10km long valley run
  • Champagne powder with excellent terrain for expert skiers
  • Up-and-coming ski resort with little to no crowds

The ski resort that is now known as Kicking Horse is relatively new on the winter sports scene, having officially opened in 2000 after taking over a small local ski hill. The new resort features a particularly long high-speed gondola that lets skiers and snowboarders take full advantage of the mountains’ impressive vertical drop, terrain previously only accessible by heli-skiing. Advanced and expert skiers will be in heaven here, where there is an abundance of black and double-black diamond pistes through glades, gullies and couloirs. There is some terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers as well, although the percentage of groomed runs is on the lower side. Kicking Horse lies on British Columbia’s “Powder Highway” and calls itself the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada.

In terms of facilities, Kicking Horse is relatively limited. Although there is a small resort base with some accommodation at the bottom of the mountain itself, many people choose to stay in the nearby and slightly bigger town of Golden. Actually, “many people” might be a misnomer, as you’re unlikely to run into crowds at Kicking Horse. But the resort has plans to expand in future, so it will be interesting to see how it evolves in the coming years. Rental equipment is available, as are ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults. Kicking Horse also offers avalanche safety courses and “Big Mountain” tours if you wish to get better acquainted with the terrain.

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Kicking Horse


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Additional information

Blue slopes20 km Drag lifts0Start of the season
Red slopes20 km Chair lifts3End of the season
Black slopes60 km Gondola lifts1Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train0Min. altitude1190 m
Total100 km Capacity5250 Pers./HourMax. altitude2450 m

travelResorts in Kicking Horse ski area

Off-piste & freestyle in Kicking Horse

Snow parks 0Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Kicking Horse CAD 264.00 CAD 661.00

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Kicking Horse CAD 264.00 CAD 661.00

Blogs about Kicking Horse

30 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Tucked in the interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia along the aptly named "Powder Highway" is a cluster of little-known ski resorts that are home to some of the best skiing on Earth. This stretch of the Kootenay Rockies is renowned for its light, fluffy "champagne" powder snow, and most ski areas here receive over 10 metres of snow annually. These ski resorts, which lie well off the beaten track far from Whistler or Banff, see only the most diehard skiers and snowb... More ›