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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Sorry if some of you pay attention to both the resorts forum and the general forum and end up reading this twice. I wanted to get the largest cross section.

Anyone been to Kicking Horse since they opened a couple years ago? I was thinking about trying to get up there for at least one of my trips this year, but I haven't heard anything good or bad about the place.

For those who haven't heard of the place ...

post #2 of 14
A associate from the ski club I belong to was there last year. Mostly he said he dreamed about the terrain he could not ski because there was not a lift to service what he saw. Not much help here I know. But really I just wanted to say somthing. Kicking Horse will be on the top 20 list soon.
post #3 of 14
See December issue of POWDER
post #4 of 14
Unfortunately, the article on Golden in the current Powder tells you next to nothing about Kicking Horse; just a little about the town.
post #5 of 14
I've not been myself but probably this year...Everyone I know that has done KH say it's great terrain and snow conditions. The big complaint though is there is no mid mountain lift so you have to ski all the way down every run. They brag 5000ft of vertical, but only the top 2000 is really good terrain. This is all hear say though...I hope I can find out for myself this year!
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Originally posted by DaveV:
See December issue of POWDER
Bummer ... that means the masses may hit soon.
post #7 of 14
It's a little over 4000 vertical, not 5. It's the same vert as JH.

[ November 20, 2003, 08:12 AM: Message edited by: ColdSmoke ]
post #8 of 14
Don't sweat the advertising. That whole area is gearing up for a new era in skiing. Just around the corner at Revelstoke they're just about ready to begin expansions that will eventually make anything around look small, and the new look of Panorama without t-bars is sure to draw a lot of people to some great terrain there.

Kicking Horse is taking it slow in development of their mountain plan. They really need that next quad up into Super Bowl to round out the area for destination visits, but they know they have the goods; so I guess they feel they can be a little cautious with the schedule.

You might want to ski it now, because momentum is building for something the entire ski world will sit up and take notice of.
post #9 of 14
Gentlemen - there is a mid mountain stop off. The Stairway to Heaven chair was installed and open last season and allows you to ski all of the top part of one of the bowls without going all the way down. It also allows access to Rudi's bowl which is out of bounds but excellent if safe.

The bottom half of the mountain has some excellent skiing as well - snow dependant of course - you can pick from hard bump runs to open cruisers to contrast the bowls and steep chutes up top.

It is getting serious press over here now and I'd recommend skiing it before it explodes, just to get the small hill atmosphere.

I know the place fairly well so pm for queries ...

post #10 of 14
I certainly think Kicking Horse has the goods having skied there 2 years ago. The more they open up the terrain and bowls to each side of the resort the better it's going to get, although leaving those as hike to terrain isn't all that bad of an idea from my perspective. If I remember correctly, though, the shots down the upper bowls that were just out of bounds seemd a bit short (perhaps like Kirkwood?). Additionally I will say that the bottom half of the mountain isn't THAT boring. Of course I'm a bit biased. One of the days there I skied the absolute best groomed runs I have experienced in my life. Not only was the snow and grooming PERFECT put we were able to get "fresh tracks" on the grooomed over repeated runs. (Remember, this is from someone who is a steeps, powder, and crud lover and just doesn't get excited about skiing groomed runs if there's much else open).
post #11 of 14
please continue your conversation in the resorts forum
post #12 of 14
I will be at Kicking Horse after Christmas and through New Year's. I'm really looking forward to a small resort with some serious vertical. I'll report back after the trip.

post #13 of 14
Kicking Horse is an awesome ski area.

First off, I've been there the last two seasons in a row, each for a week. Two years ago, they were having a great year, lost of beautiful snow, really dry and light. This past season wasn't such a great winter at least when I was there in February, but since there's so much terrain a KH, there was no problem finding lots of great skiing.

The area itself is pretty gnarly, with lots of chutes and steeps inbounds, directly off the gondola. The gondola ride is about 12 minutes if I remember correctly. When you get off at the top you have basically four options. At skier's left there's a bit of a cat track that takes you along a ridge and down into a bowl/valley that is the "easy" way down. If you stick to skier's left but go along the gondola line, you can traverse along the other ridge that runs under the gondola and drop into the numerous chutes that drop to skier's left. On the same ridge but dropping into skier's right of the gondola line, you have a tree filled area that has varying steepness. Finally if you choose, skier's right off the gondola takes you into another "valley" that will allow you to access a bit of a big wide open bowl. It's hard to describe, but what it all comes down to is a lot of terrain, most of which is at the advanced intermediate to expert level.

I think KH is a must see, if you're in the area of the BC interior. Also it's location is awesome, just about 3 hours from Calgary, and 3 hours from Fernie! It's a great experience too, mostly because of the extremely small crowds. It's not fully developed yet, so it's still a bit of a hidden gem.

This is the gondola line showing some of the terrain to skier's right of the ridge..

post #14 of 14
Originally posted by Bosephus:
Anyone been to Kicking Horse since they opened a couple years ago? I was thinking about trying to get up there for at least one of my trips this year, but I haven't heard anything good or bad about the place.

Kicking Horse is great. I was there last year at the end of February and it had just snowed. We had a blast. The main lift is a gondola that takes you up all 4000 vertical feet in about 12 minutes. Most of the traffic off the gondola is Crystal Bowl, to skier's right. At the bottom of crystal bowl is a new (as of last year) express quad that gives you access to the steeps at the top of Crystal Bowl and Feuz Bowl on the other side. If you want to hike from that point, OOB Rudi's Bowl is worth a trip if feuz bowl is tracked out.

Below the new quad, Crystal bowl narrows into a few blue-black runs and a green cattrack that zigzags down the whole mountain (for 10km), crossing almost every other run. It's great because you can just head along the track until you see a run you like, and drop it. The problem is there are a few intersections on almost every run you will (or should) slow down to cross.

To skier's left of the gondola is Super Bowl (IIRC) which is fun, but if you are a psycho you can keep hiking out to the opposite side of the bowl (facing the gondola), known as Terminator Ridge. Far too steep for me, (looks almost vertical from across the bowl) it's a colleciton of chutes that empty into Super Bowl.

All in all KH is a great resort, looks small but isn't crowded. I lived in the BC interior last year and it's a favourite among many of the locals. I would make it a part of a multi-resort trip (include Fernie, Kimberly or Panorama), but I could certainly keep myself busy for a week if I was 'stuck' there.
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