Everything You Need to Know About Kicking Horse
Kicking Horse is a BC resort that attracts rave reviews for its ‘Champagne’ powder and leg burning vertical – boasting the fourth longest vertical in North America with 1260m. Kicking Horse also has a strong reputation as a destination for hardcore skiers and boarders, with 45% of runs being considered black runs and 15% dubbed double black diamonds (and they really aren’t kidding!). Four lifts enable access to 1,133 hectares of inbound terrain, and four main bowls dissected by a number of ridges fan down into one open face, providing a total of 120 runs all up.
Ski & Snowboard Runs for Days!
Nowhere else can you ride a single gondola right to the summit, providing stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding national parks, as well as easy access to alpine ridges and bowls. These same ridges and bowls keep the snow stashed deeper and longer, which is why they’re the self proclaimed ‘Champagne Powder Capital of Canada™’. From steep and gnarly chutes, to fast and fun glades, and smooth and gentle groomers, there’s something here for everyone.
A stunning scenic drive brings you to a world-class skiing destination, so well-hidden and unknown that most travellers drive right past it… leaving the lucky to enjoy the many pleasures of this undiscovered paradise: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the best kept secret in the Rockies!
Finding Kicking Horse isn’t hard if you know where to look. The resort is just 1.5 hours west of Banff (145 km) and 2.5 hours west of Calgary (270 km) on the Trans-Canada highway. Planning on visiting during the summer months? Its also RV-friendly – park overnight for free!
Restaurant & Après
Take a gondola to the top of the mountain and discover Canada’s most talked about culinary experience and the crown jewel of resort dining. No visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is complete without a quintessential mountaintop dining experience at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. Naturally, it’s very popular, so reservations are highly recommended. Each winter Eagle’s Eye plays host to several special dining events – so stay tuned.
The Whitetooth Grill in the Day Lodge, named in honour of the original local ski hill, is the place to get homemade comfort food anytime of the day. It is open every morning serving a full cooked breakfast. You can also drop in for a gourmet burger, signature pizzas or simply enjoy a cold beer in between laps during the day.
If yurt dining is more your thing, check out Heaven’s Door Yurt, which offers up funky mountain soul food with international influences. Located at the base of Stairway to Heaven chairlift. In the village check out Copperhouse Steakhouse, Peaks Grill, Winston Bar and Bistro and Peaks Grill.
Non Skiing Activities
Winter is a magical time to be in the mountains and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has everything you need to keep your family’s adventure entertaining and exciting. Discover the amazing range of activities from heli-skiing and snowshoeing to cross country skiing or sliding in the tube park with the family.