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Kicking Horse has one of the longest vertical drops in North America – a staggering 4,133 feet. Trademarked as the “Champagne Powder Capital of Canada”, Kicking Horse is blessed with some of the lightest and driest powder snow in the Canadian Rockies, typically enjoying 24 feet of snow every season.
The resort is renowned for its expert terrain and is a great choice for advanced skiers and strong intermediates looking to try out some big mountain skiing, and with over 120 runs in the resort, there’s plenty of terrain to explore.
Whilst 20% of the resort is designated green, Kicking Horse is not really a resort for beginners, as most of the runs are ridiculously long and typically challenging. This is a resort that best suits advanced skiers; 20% of the resort is designated as intermediate and 45% designated as advanced. The rest is expert terrain. If you’re looking for big mountain skiing served by an efficient lift system and plenty of chutes, bowls, glades, challenging pitches and powder days, then Kicking Horse should be on your ‘must ski’ list.
Kicking Horse has a small purpose built slope-side village with a good range of comfortable modern condos which offer ski-in convenience. There are several bars, cafes and restaurants in the resort offering everything from light snacks to fine dining. The village plaza also has a grocery store so you can stock up your condo.
The resort is also home to Canada’s highest restaurant nestled on the mountain at the top of the Express Gondola. The views from the deck are quite simply stunning.
For a wider choice of bars and restaurants, the nearby town of Golden offers plenty of apres’ and accommodation options. Most hotels in Golden offer a regular shuttle service to the resorts Village Plaza.
The resorts of Banff and Revelstoke are both under two hours drive away from Kicking Horse, which makes the resort a great choice for a multi-resort snow safari or twin centre holiday. There is also heli-skiing available, with Purcell Heli Skiing.