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Visitor reviews for Kicking Horse Ski Resort

Kicking Horse Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 70 votes and 64 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.2

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.0

(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: 3.5

(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: 4.4

(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: 2.2

(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: 3.2

(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: 3.4

(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): 3.7

(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): 3.9

(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.

Show all 35 ratings

January 16, 2013
Nash from Ski Canada Canada
Kicking Horse offers advanced ski runs for the avid skier and a new beginner ski area that rivals most big mountain resorts for the ski school and what it offers to the family with young children. This lower mountain and chair lift have great groomed and ungroomed blue runs that should suit all skiing levels. The gondola quickly takes you to the top of a great mountain, restaurant and some of the best views and ski areas in North America. The resort offers a very intimate experience and a great place for kids to learn the true love of skiing. After skiing in most major North American ski resorts I can think of no better place to take my family.
December 28, 2012
Mark from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Kicking Horse is a great hill. Definitely for the more advanced skier; the bowls, glades and chutes are awesome. The snow stays soft even days after a dump and you can still find lines in the trees untracked. The lift system is not the best, only 2 of use and the chair is slow and pretty short. The gondola is good and not bad for lines but skiing the bottom half of the mountain is a bit tedious at times. T1 & T2 are a hike but the terrain is awesome. The resort is a bit dead at night with only a couple of places to get a beer after dark. Great skiers hill, tough but fun!
October 31, 2012
KH Junkie from Ski Canada Canada
KH (Kicking Horse) is a fantastic mountain, and has the potential to stay that way with considerable lift expansion. Now the RCR owns the resort the locals pass disappears, there is no lift expansion (this year anyways) and the lift lines will be way longer than last year. On a powder day it was not uncommon to have lifts lines in the morning taking longer than 30mins and 20min+ for the rest of the day. That was last year! 2012-2013 will likely see 40% (guess) more skiers which means longer lift lines. To pay $90 for a lift ticket and wait half you day in the lift line, no matter the terrain, it's just not worth it. RCR needs to put in two lifts to get the traffic spread out, and then KH will be the best mountain out there.
March 27, 2012
Dave from Ski Canada Canada
I have done a few ski trips to Kicking these past two years and I've fallen in love with the place. There is just so much amazing terrain here. For those used to Louise, think for the chutes off the summit platter, but steeper, more snow, gnarlier drops, and way, way more of them. This is an expert hill, no question. About half of the runs on the mountain are double black. There are two peaks, T1 and T2, that you can hike to, which gives you access to awesome chutes and glades, making it well worth the effort. Kicking on a powder day is beyond words. Steep and deep. Just traverse down one of the ridgelines and drop in for some incredible tail surfing. Then cruise the black runs down the bottom half of the mountain. From what I hear the last two years have been exceptional for snow, so I guess I've started exploring this mountain at just the right time. Regardless, Kicking has some of the best terrain around, and when it gets snow, it's unreal.
February 08, 2012
Rob from Calgary from Ski Canada Canada
Unparalleled, epic, amazing. Use any of these words to describe KHR. If you really want to challenge your limits and your legs KHR is your best bet. You could try a different chute every hour for 10 days straight and still not have skied or ridden them all. Not for the faint of heart.
January 26, 2012
Glyn from Ski Canada Canada
There's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said, but KHMR has by far the best, steepest & most accessible advanced terrain to be found in western Canada. Living in Calgary it's a long trek out there, but Lake Louise & Sunshine simply can't compete. There is very little traversing, so I'm not exactly sure what some of the other comments are talking about. From the gondola simply ride along CPR ridge and I'm sure you'll find something tricky enough to be a challenge. From the Crystal Bowl heading up Stairway and over into Feuz bowl there's always fresh powder and some amazingly technical terrain. Heading the other direction there's bowl over & super bowl to choose from, with Terminator ridge offering expert terrain beyond any hill I can think of. I think most of the negative comments are due to the difficulty of the terrain, the interesting parts are not easy, way beyond the capabilities of a beginner/intermediate rider who would end up riding cat tracks all day. If you're a good rider though, and up for a challenge, KHMR is the best around.
January 26, 2012
frank from Ski Canada Canada
Been skiing here for 6 seasons. Today was one of the good days. No food, no water all day, sick skiing. This hill is my muse. Was a monster park skier when I moved out here. Spent my winters hitting booters and stuff. Came here expecting to be the shitz. First glance, no high fashion riders here, no solid riders here??? A whole lot of duct tape I thought. First I had 2 swallow my pride, then went on a 2 season learning streak. I had skills and ballz back then. But could not ride anything close to what the locals were doing. Then she stopped intimidating me and realized what she had done to me. She turned me into a monster. Steeps, cliffs fastest skiing have ever done was here. Holly f*** try straightlining Showoff when groomed if you think you know what fast is. This hill has no limits, so you need to set your own here. She has dislocated almost all of my limbs, but I keep coming back for more. I've spent really dry years here and really snowy ones as well. But a big dump here is unreal. Ever heard the word Huckfest. Even when she's dry for a month, this is where you become a solid rider. Traverses, hard pack steep chutes, bumpy high speed runs. Leg burners. If skiing is important to you and are not afraid to make the commitments needed to push your skiing to levels u did not know existed. If you are not gonna complain about dry days and just build your legs for the pow days. And if you are not gonna complain about skiing 1200m every time you wanna go back up. Well, this is your home. If you're looking for a big family resort, Banff and Louise are waiting. If u want the soft stuff every day go to Revy. If you wanna push it hard stop by Kicking Horse. And seriously, for ppl complaining about going all the way down to ski the top, not those whining about the wait lines. U probably should not be skiing here in the first place. If you're gonna come push it hard here, one word: Recon, get to know the slopes before you go full speed. Once u know go all out but check it out first. The speeds here can really hurt you. Check ridges from below before u hit cliffs, some are ok but some can be death traps.
January 25, 2012
john from Ski Canada Canada
Not sure where another reviewer usually skis or boards. Canada Olympic Park in Calgary? The longest the lineup was, at Christmas, with record crowds was 20 minutes. I have been here for 8 years and talk to good skiers and boarders from around the world who have skied or boarded some of the best terrain in the world...not in Calgary or Edmonton, and they can't believe the terrain, the snow. They keep coming back year after after year because of the fabulous resort here. Enough said.
January 21, 2012
Snow flakes must die... from Ski Canada Canada
Although the mountain has a ton of vertical, only the top third to half of the mountain has the goods. The lower mountain really doesn't have much to offer for your average powder glutton and really becomes nothing more then a commute as in order to access the upper terrain you need to do full runs to valley bottom. This can be a problem, especially if the gondola line up is a zoo, which it will be during weekend dumps or during holidays. The consistency of snow is well, not that consistent. Kicking Horse sits on the dry side of the Purcells, and much of the Pacific moisture is sucked out of systems as it crosses this range and dry spells can be common. There can, however, be the odd sneaky snowfall to watch out for... On the plus side, when it does snow it tends to be blower. Also, if a system pugs out the upper portion of the mountain is usually high enough to avoid rain. The slack country is awesome, but it's easy to get in over your head if you're not familiar with the area and the stability of the snow pack tends to resemble it's temperamental cousins found to the east in the Rockies. I would describe KHR as cross between the cold rocky resorts of Banff and that of the snowier interior. Definitely worth monitoring, you could score a gooder but you're also just as likely to take several core shots and suffer from frost bite if your timing is poor or not flexible. I'd give it 6.5 to 7 out of 10 on the filth-o-meter.
December 04, 2011
Dick Barker from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been skiing Kicking Horse every season since 2006 and can honestly say that I have never been disappointed...the terrain is fantastic, the people friendly and Canada always great to visit. The resort may be small but the chutes and drop-ins within the in-bounds terrain give you 1000 different ways to get down the hill...and the back-country skiing will blow you away. Although a resort with a reputation for the extreme, there is terrain to suit everybody. A lot of the in-bounds skiing looks a lot harder than it is, with things like Terminator and Whitewall being well within the reach of a good intermediate skier, so long as they have a bit of adventure in their belly. The lift queues can be a bit long on powder days and holidays but long there is relatively short compared to most north American resorts and nothing when compared to Europe. Tip: use the singles line up and you will be on the lift in 20 mins max even on the busiest days. The slopes are generally empty and most of the time you will have the mountain to yourself...literally. Kicking Horse and the town of Golden arn't about being a huge party town, but they are about some of the best skiing you can get.