Visitor reviews for Kicking Horse Ski Resort

Kicking Horse Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 74 votes and 67 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.3

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Kicking Horse is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kicking Horse has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.6

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Kicking Horse.

Public Transport: 2.8

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kicking Horse, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.1

(1) No places to stay in/near Kicking Horse, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kicking Horse.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Kicking Horse, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.5

(1) Kicking Horse relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.3

(1) There are no snow groomers at Kicking Horse, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kicking Horse are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.7

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Kicking Horse is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Kicking Horse, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.2

(1) Kicking Horse usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Kicking Horse are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kicking Horse are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.6

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.9

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.4

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Kicking Horse, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.9

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 1.8

(1) Not even a kicker at Kicking Horse, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.5

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Kicking Horse, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Kicking Horse has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.8

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.6

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.4

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.8

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.3

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.5

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.8

(1) Overall, Kicking Horse is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.0

(1) Overall, Kicking Horse is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 20, 2023
Dave from Ski Canada Canada
Unfortunately, there is just not enough snow this season. The cat tracks off the chair is in pretty rough shape. The “Starway to Heaven” is beside the Cat Track from Hell. My gut is that this hill would be brilliant on a big snow year for stronger skiers. It does not seem like a good hill for people beyond the bunny hill but looking for blue groomers. I don’t think this season is going to play out well. They need some big dumps.
January 07, 2023
Trevor Budd from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Spent five days here in early April 2022. If you like it steep, deep, beautiful and remote, then Kicking Horse is difficult to beat. Not a lot to do off the slope and you would run out of skiable terrain quite quickly if it hadn’t snowed for a while. We got lucky with 40cm+ of powder when we arrived. The slopes were empty, like properly empty, so we had fresh tracks for days. We hired a guide on the first day, expensive but worth every penny as we wouldn’t have worked out where to drop into the bowls from the ridge lines without our guide. We found Sunshine Village a bit dull the following week by comparison. In summary, possibly the best off-piste (and the top half of the mountain is all steep and off-piste) skiing we’ve had anywhere. The bottom half of the mountain is gentle with some lovely skiing through the trees. We will return … my teenagers are keen to work out there when they’re old enough. Fingers crossed!
March 31, 2021
Keith from Ski Canada Canada
Have skied over 70 days at Kicking Horse this season and it's been fantastic. Lots of snow, great coverage and the groomers have been a lot of fun. Usually don't ski groomers but have been using them for rest days. Even with the covid restrictions it's been easy to get well over 20,000' vertical in just over a half day. If you're a beginner, save money and get a Catamount only lift pass. Lots of terrain for a beginner until you're ready to up your game. If you've never been to KH, talk to or take a tour with a Ski Host. It's a great way to learn the mountain quickly.
April 13, 2020
PS from Ski Canada Canada
The pictures you post of KickingHorse Resort are not in the boundaries of KickingHorse Resort. So it is very misleading that this is the terrain you'll be skiing if you come to to KHMR. Not so. [note from the editor: please send further information to]
February 17, 2020
Val Pert from Ski Canada Canada
It is amazing the large ski area one gondola serves. Top of the mountain vistas are unbelievable. The terrain is very much suited for experienced skiers. The intermediate, like me, have very limited groomed runs. Typically going over one and the same 2-3 groomed runs while the rest of the mountain numerous runs are never groomed and very bumpy for the less skilled. We visit once a year from Calgary to see if anything improved year-on-year and ...disappointed every time. It is not worth the extra drive time from Lake Louise west.
December 29, 2018
john from Ski Canada Canada
Kicking Horse is a good mountain but that is difficult for the beginner because of the limited terrain for greens and blues. They will soon get tired of it which makes sense because they are just skiing the same runs over and over. I would recommend going someplace else with more of an abundance of easier runs. That is just my opinion though.
December 12, 2018
seb from Ski Canada Canada
No snow, too steep. Go there to wait in line and ski rocks.
January 25, 2017
Gord Barlow from Ski Canada Canada
It's unfortunate that KH does not have a summer grooming program on a year to year basis. RCR has done some in the past but very sporadic and very limited. The lower to mid section of many of the runs have fir trees and brush sticking above the snow even in the latter part of Jan this year: 2017. Their inattention and lack of funding for summer and winter grooming certainly reflects their disregard for the safety and skiing experience of their customers. Since RCR took over in 2000 from Ballast Nedham I have only once seen a trail crew member cut a hazard on one of the runs on one occasion. It's disappointing as we have great terrain, and snowfall snowfall as good as any ski area with the exception of coastal mountains and Revelstoke. I have been assured that they will do some summer grooming in late 2017 before the snow flies but I won't hold my breath. When I contacted them they said their mechanical brusher broke down in Fernie and so were unable to work on KH this past fall of 2016. The issue, as I see it, is that they could have hired a brushing crew to fall the 5 and 6 foot trees that have been growing for the last 7 years which the mechanical brushes can't do anyway. Of the 30 ski mountains I have skied I have not seen the lack of attention to grooming that KH exhibits on the mountain. It's not good, not good at all.
January 17, 2017
Jane from Ski Canada Canada
This is my 6th year as a season pass holder & to be honest probably my last. Yes, this mountain has great alpine terrain but I am fed up skiing down the cat track to get to the bottom because the resort can't be bothered to prepare the rest of the lower mountain in the off season. There is not one run in mid Jan that is free from bushes & trees. There is plenty of snow, but not enough to cover up everything. I am an accommodation provider in Golden & this year many guests have packed up & left after a day when they booked in for at least 5. The astronomical cost of a ski pass simply does not give value for money when better accessed & looked after resorts surround us. We have had long periods without snowfall (not unusual in Jan) & most of the mid mountain is a huge bumpy mogul field as no grooming has been done. This is a great mountain & it's very sad that the owners RCR are more interested in flogging real estate than putting some investment into running a top notch ski hill. The gondola is brilliant; bottom to top in under 15 minutes IF it is working well. Lack of maintenance means it stops regularly & to be stuck in one of those ice boxes for 30+ minutes is not pleasant. If there is enough snow then lack of a mid station isn't a problem. If, however, there isn't enough snow (3 out of my 6 years) then it is a chore to fight your way back down to the bottom of the resort to get the gondola back up again. I would also say not to trust the resort marketing; its a long way to travel from the Albertan cities to realise you've been duped. If you are a blue/green run loving skier/boarder then unless you want to really push yourself this isn't the resort for you. This is a great place for experts & blue/black intermediates wanting to stretch themselves. A great place for an adventurous family, not such a great place for a tamer family!
January 20, 2016
I'veskiedeverywhereman. from Ski Canada Canada
This is possibly the most spectacular place I've skied. While you may have to wait half an hour on a busy weekend, the protected and spacious gondola ride takes you up 4000 feet and then a huge amount of terrain is yours for the taking! And this year the whole mountain is well covered and in excellent shape. You are dropped at the top of the mountain and the views are incredible. The only folks who may not love the terrain are beginners who go to the top and get vertigo. Kicking Horse has the most aggressive terrain of almost any resort in North America. And go have a drink/ beer at the Eagle's Eye, at 7800 feet, definitely one of the best bars to sit at, anywhere. If you have lots of time, do a day in Revy too... If you ski tour, you may never leave. Welcome!