Kicking Horse

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Kicking Horse is a bit wild like its name. Unbridled, rather undiscovered ski terrain for most. This relatively new to the ski scene having opened in 2000. T Canadian ski resort is 2.5 hours west of Calgary on the TransCanada highway, anchored by the town of Golden. The Dogtooth Mountain Range makes up the dramatic ski terrain in the Purcells, across the Columbia River from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Kicking Horse is surrounded by unbelievable scenery, with six National Parks in view from the panoramic summit, Banff National Park, Glacier, Kootenay, Yoho, Mt Revelstoke, and Jasper National Park.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Kicking Horse vs
Kicking HorseApex Mountain Resort
beginner20 %15 %
intermediate20 %30 %
advanced45 %44 %
expert15 %11 %
total runs129 79
ski area2,800ac 450ac
summit elevation8,038ft 7,135ft
total lifts5 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($51 USD)
adult lift ticket$105 CAD ($81 USD) $80 CAD ($62 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall146″ 111″

Kicking Horse Reviews

Superb 4.5 / 5
based on 9 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Dec 05, 2017
MHMichael H.
expert skier
So steep and so deep. The bowl style skiing at Kickinghorse is fantastic. This gem of a mountain offers many lines as you ski along the ridge looking for your place to drop in. Great mountain for advanced skiers who are looking for that western big mountain vibe.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 22, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Really good bang for your buck. Good challenging runs, a lot of very steep runs and good moguls for skiers. If you anticipate Banff being very busy it may be worth the extra hour drive to Kickinghorse! On really busy days the lifts at the base can get a big line but as soon as you're up there everyone spreads out pretty good.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 19, 2017
PMPaul M.
expert snowboarder
Kicking Horse is like no other resort I have snowboarder at. (28 in North America) If you want heli-ski type runs straight off the gondola then this is the resort is epic. Definitely my favourite hill. Your legs are always burning at the bottom. Epic... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 10, 2017
JFJake F.
advanced snowboarder
I have never actually been. Ive only ever skiid panorama mountain. Strongly in love with my homies vibes at kicking horse. They tell nothing but amazing stories about the place, and id love to expand my horizons, considering i am pretty damn good at snowboarding ! Peep my instagram @jake_franzen ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 09, 2017
FPFilip P.
expert skier
Best powder, steep and deep terrain. Great town! Best before Christmas and even better after New Years. Small town, but great pubs! Love it! We stayed with friends and every day was great day. Even in summer, local bike trail are awesome! You have to check this place out guys! Seriously! ... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 08, 2017
CHColin H.
expert skier
Best snow with nobody around and amazing sidecountry. Snow park and snowshoeing for the kids or those that don't ski. Entertaining bar scene in town and plenty of lodging at the base.... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 27, 2017
CMChris M.
Easily the best lift accessed terrain in Canada (in my opinion). The bowls are a religious experience after a good dump of snow. Long runs, trees, steep, deep, and theres a bear!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 16, 2017
TDTimothy D.
The best controlled terrain of anywhere I've ever been. Lower down the mountain the snow can be marginal at times, but they make it work. If there's new snow there's no place better to be!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 08, 2017
Great for advanced skiers and riders. Lots of challenging steep terrain and amazing snow! I went during peak season and never waited more than 5 minutes in line. Not much nightlife but the mountain more than makes up for that.

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