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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

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Average Annual Snowfall: 100" on the lower mountain and 275" on the summit.


Fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC)

2.5-hour drive or shuttle ride from Golden along the scenic Trans Canada Highway. It provides multiple daily commercial flights to and from most regional, national and international destinations.


Alternate Airports: 

Canadian Rockies International Airport – located in Cranbrook, British Columbia – is 2.5 hours south of Golden via Highway 95 through the heart of the Kootenay Rockies. From here, Delta Air Lines offers regular flights to and from Salt Lake City, Utah, with connections to many other cities in the U.S.

Vancouver International Airport and the Kamloops Airport are west of Golden, located nine and five hours away respectively.

The resort is just 1.5 hours west of Banff (145 kilometers) and 2.5 hours west of Calgary (270 kilometers) on the Trans-Canada highway.  We’re also RV-friendly: park overnight for free!

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range


On Mountain Lodging



Boutique Lodges


Accommodations in Golden

7.5 miles from the resort


At the resort you can choose from eight distinct restaurants, cafes, pubs and even a mid-mountain Yurt. 


The Kicking Horse Grill: A must when visiting Golden!

1105 9th St S

GoldenBC V0A 1H0

(250) 344-2330


Whitetooth Bistro: "This is a true hidden gem in Kicking Horse and worth coming down the mountain." 

427 9th Ave N

GoldenBC V0A 1H2

(250) 344-5120


2011-2012 Lift Ticket Rates
Day Rates
Dec 9th, 2011 - April 10th, 2012 Adult
Senior (65+)
Student* Youth (13-18)
Full Day $75 $63 $36
Afternoon Only $61 $50 $30
Catamount Lift $40 $34 $20
Single Gondola Ride $20 $20 $20

The Avalanche Safety Training course is scheduled on the following weekends during the winter of 2011/2012.

  • Dec 17&18
  • Jan 7&8, 21&22
  • Feb 4&5, Feb 18&19
  • Mar 3&4, Mar 17&18
  • March 31st and April 1st

Complimentary 1.5 Hour Tour
Familiarise yourself with your surroundings, using our locals knowledge and skills to assist you in getting your whereabouts! Meet with us and find out the best places to ski and ride for your ability and make the most of your time at our mountain. Tours are on green and blue runs.

  • Ability: Novice to Intermediate

  • 1.5 hour tour Daily -10am or 1pm

  • Free

  • Meet at the Mountain Tours sign in front of the Discovery Centre


Big Mountain Centre -- guided backcountry and sidecountry education

Snowsports School

Children's Ski School

Child Care

Equipment Rentals



Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is the first four season mountain resort to open in the Canadian Rockies in 25 years. There's a great deal of Canadian history behind Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It is named after the renowned river and the famous high-alpine pass that were instrumental in opening the Canadian West to the rest of the world. The Kicking Horse name reflects a sense of adventure, discovery and exploration. Today, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort calls itself the "Champagne Powder Capital of Canada."(TM) On average Kicking Horse receives more than 7 meters (23 feet) of some of the lightest, driest and deepest powder snow on the planet. The majestic mountains surrounding us, and our phenomenal snow pack, are the reasons why our area has such historic mountain culture. It’s also why we are surrounded by the highest concentration of beautiful back-country lodges, off piste skiing, and mechanized ski operations (both cat and heli) in all of Canada. The owners of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort wanted to pick a name that would convey the sense of freedom, adrenaline and independence that goes hand-in-hand with adventure-recreation.'The unique name, combined with the bold Kicking Horse symbol, is meant to inspire the imagination and carry on the legacy of adventure in the Canadian Rockies.

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Trails-4-Expert only15%
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General-Base elevation3900'
General-Vertical drop4133'
General-Mountain rangePurcells
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General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds2800 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: lots of powder good trees good bowl and chutes

Cons: barely a terrain park if ur into that stuff and only one gondola and three chairs not high speed

Kicking horse is by far my favorite mountain i have skied they get lots of snow and it doesn't get rocky at the bottom like revelstoke short lift lines usually (since it's 3 hours away from calgary) awesome trees the new superbowl is steep and almost always has fresh snow since you have to make a small hike to it lots of access from just one gondola though and to get to the fourth bowl you just take a short chair up the only bad things i can think of is the terrain park and nightlife.


Pros: Steeps, vert

Cons: Weekend gondola line, few easy options from the top, town of Golden isn't exactly charming

Kicking Horse is a great choice for stronger skiers. The top of the mountain has dozens of steep chutes dropping off 3 different ridge lines. Terrain compares nicely to Jackson hole and Snowbird. On average, it is steeper than Fernie or the Banff areas.

The bottom half of the mountain is less interesting, but there are some decent glades. Increased snowmaking and better grooming has made low snow years more comfortable.

One issue with KH is its location. It isn't easy to get to, and the town of Golden isn't much of a tourist destination.
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