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Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse

Golden - British Columbia, Canada

Snowboard, Ski

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is powder heaven for serious skiers and boarders looking for a challenge. Located just outside of Golden in British Columbia, about two and a half hours from Calgary, this hard core resort was once only available to heli-skiers but now it’s open for all. The snow conditions are excellent, powder which is consistently light and dry, the scenery is spectacular and the runs are quiet so you’ll rarely have to wait long in the lift queues.
To get there, the nearest airport is Calgary. From there you can rent a car and follow the Trans-Canada Highway for around two and a half hours to Golden and a further 14 kilometres up the mountain, or get the shuttle bus to the resort. If your accommodation is in Golden, there are frequent and inexpensive shuttle buses to take you up to the mountain.

Although there are pistes for all levels, the terrain mainly consists of blacks, which would be considered as doubles elsewhere, and double diamond blacks which can be covered in gnarly knee high moguls if there hasn’t been a recent snowfall, a variation of wide bowls, steep slopes and groomed glade runs. There are 120 pistes and it is also home to the fourth longest vertical in North America, a thigh burning 1.260 metres. The only downside for freestyler lovers is that Kicking Horse doesn’t have a snowpark or a halfpipe. It’s also more popular with skiers than boarders due to the terrain. Tours are offered every day at 10am and 1pm by the resort’s Snow Hosts. They can show you around the mountain and the best runs and share their knowledge about the resort with you. You’ll find the expert terrain at the top of the mountain. It’s accessible from the high speed gondola, however, if you want to remain at the top it’s a bit limited as there is just the Stairway to Heaven chairlift which takes you to the ridge, otherwise you can ski all the way to the bottom and get the gondola back up. A lot of the blacks go from the north facing CPR Ridge and the south facing Redemption Ridge along with the Whitewall, the Alpine Bowl and the Feuz Bowl.

With regards to the off piste options Rudi’s Bowl is easily accessible and you’ll find untracked runs in Super Bowl. There are narrow and wide chutes, couloirs and steep lines available, it’s always recommended to go with a guide, especially if you are new to the resort, and take avalanche safety precautions. The village doesn’t have much to offer with regards to shops, just a few selling sports gear and souvenirs and the après ski and nightlife scene is quite quiet, there are options however and it’s highly recommended to go to Eagle’s Eye Restaurant to enjoy the views from 7.700 feet with a drink and an amazing meal. Golden has a bit more to offer.

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Conditions

The winter season usually starts mid December and ends in April, condition depending. Kicking Horse doesn’t receive a huge amount of snowfall but what it does receive is pure quality in the form of light, dry powder at the top. The lower slopes can get slushy, icy and sometimes bare but there are snowmaking facilities to help with this and the resort is hoping to add more to the lower slopes in the future. The patrollers help to reduce the risk of avalanches on the higher, steeper slopes, but you must take a lot of precaution if you go off piste as these areas are extremely avalanche prone.

If you haven’t skied in North America before, it’s important to know that the temperatures can get extremely low, on average around -10 °C from December to March, so it’s important to take the right clothes, including thermals, face guards, extra gloves, etc.
Characteristics
  • Runs
    120
  • SnowPark
    No
  • Summit
    8031.5 ft
  • Lifts
    6
  • Base
    3.900.9 ft
  • Vertical Drop
    4.133.9 ft
  • Terrain
    1.143 Ha
  • Longest Run
    3.7282 Mi

Difficulty level of the pistes

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