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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.

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May 04, 2011
John from Ski Canada Canada
KH (Kicking Horse) is awesome, however, if you want real endless powder buy a snowmobile. The sledskiing in Golden is unreal. No lift lines and endless waist deep snow for as long as you can take it in the back country.
April 12, 2011
Phil from Ski Canada Canada
This is my first true season out west and decided to settle in Golden this winter for KH's "gnarly" terrain... Well it didn't disappoint. Thankfully it's been a lucky season for snowfall as well. It takes a little while to get accustomed to the entire mountain but once you do... My god is it awesome! Even when it hasn't snowed in a while. I'd say 80% of the folks coming in and out of there, stick with the groomers and easy access chutes. Best runs, treed chutes into bowl over, chutes off of CPR ridge dropping into Crystal Bowl then taking the Stairway to Whitewall, or Fewz if it's closed. T1 both sides, but the north side dropping into bowl over is less tracked and protected facing north. Lets not forget T2! Lets not forget the slack-country possibilities, with proper gear and knowledge of course! "T3" (f**king epic), T4, Rudy's Bowl (past Fewz) and more. The nice thing about the mountain is that, most of the slack-country will lead you back, or close to the mountains base ( Unlike Revy's conical shape that lead's you astray in the woods for a night). Most of this terrain (oh yeah, and a lot of cliffs) ain't for the faint of heart but if you're willing to throw down, it will carve you into a solid skier/rider and prepare you for real back-country terrain. Like I said, I've been here all season so most of this stuff didn't come overnight for me. Bad parts? some white out days and dry cold snaps. Overall, this mountain is worth more than one season of exploration.
April 03, 2011
C. Johnson from Ski Canada Canada
I skied KHR (Kicking Horse Resort) on April 2/11. The conditions were unreal and the lift lines were minimal. This is one incredible mountain, and when they get snow like this year, I don't think you can beat it. It wouldn't be the first place I would take beginner and intermediate skiers/boarders, but it is heaven for advanced skiers/boarders.
January 13, 2011
720D from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
KHO (Kicking Horse) is unreal on a snow day. But if the snow is there, the line ups will be too. I was there last saturday: 10 mins to get a ticket, 20+ to get on gondola.
January 13, 2011
Jben from Ski Canada Canada
Great terrain and good vibe at this hill (Kicking Horse) but needs a couple more high speed lifts to spread the weekend crowds. I pray this will happen before I am too old to tear it up! jb
January 12, 2011
Jason from Ski Canada Canada
Bar none KHR (Kicking Horse) is awesome. I have been skiing/boarding there for 5 years and have become a bit of snow snob due to the fantastic conditions there. What I consider a bad day at KHR is a great day at Louise! The bowls and steeps rock, and then you can open it up on the bottom end for some high speed. Even at the end of the day, you can can still find some great spots even from the Catamount chair. KHR is a mountain that is harder than most. Their blues are blacks at most other resorts. But Catamount is gentle on the beginners. Have fun and enjoy it!
January 11, 2011
Jeremy from Ski Canada Canada
Having a slow day at work, I have been giving my two cents on some the resorts in the area. As you can read from the previous posters, KHMR (Kicking Horse), undeniably has the most, and best, advanced/expert terrain out of the resorts in the Canadian Rockies. While all have good expert terrain, the sheer volume of lift serviced/tranversable/hikeable expert runs at KHMR is without peer. However, I would like to summarize my more balanced thoughts: Pros: - expert terrain - quick gondola covers the vertical - dining... I find it the best quality for its price in the area - has some of the best powder snow (Revelstoke and Fernie are the main nearby competitors in this category) - I personally like the bottom half... it is more interesting than most bottom halves Cons: - staff are highly variable in their knowledge, demeanor, and helpfulness. Some are obviously just punching the time clock until they can get off and find their own lines - they didn't know even the basics of customer service. - gondola line can be lengthy.. the alternative, parallel lift line is likely many years away - on hill accommodation is overpriced, and although new, most is cheaply built/furnished - when I go with a group of mixed abilities, the intermediates find it difficult to transition from the upper to lower mountain (e.g. narrow, icy/rocky runs/cat tracks). - limited avalanche control... there is greater onus on the customer to be avalanche aware/trained even for inbound runs. - very mediocre terrain park - the nearby town, Golden, competes with Revelstoke, as the lamest and most depressing (IMHO Banff, Fernie, and even Invermere/Radium are much better).
October 22, 2010
Scott from Ski United States United States
I visited KH (Kicking Horse) for two days of skiing in February of 2009. We had a group of 4 experts, from the east coast, used to tough conditions of the east coast. But also plenty of out west experience, mostly US Rockies (Jackson Hole to Taos and lots in between), but also Tahoe and Whistler BC. We have been fortunate to have gotten around a bit :-). I spent full seasons at both Taos and Jackson Hole and I would describe Kicking Horse as what Jackson was like in the early days that I heard so much about from the "Old Timers", when it was basically just the tram at JH, only way up to the top was Tram...ski to the bottom to get back up to the top. No Thunder chair, no Alta Chair, (the Gondola wasn't there yet when I was living there). Sure sounded great to me at the time! So we end up traveling to KH, (yep, you gotta drive a little from Calgary...) and you are presented with a huge alpine area to explore. Locals do their best to steer you, but regardless of how good a skier you are, looking over a drop-in for the first time, you take your time and you do your best to judge it. Truck loads of those experiences at KH. Conditions: we did not get any new snow when we were at KH, last storm was a week out (8 - 10 inches)...we were a little concerned that we would be getting skunked, and certainly main lines were skied out, but plenty of snow to be found, and actually I read a lot of reviews dissing the lower mountain, but to crafty old timers like us...(nice to be returning the compliment to my mentors from the Hole and Taos :-) that just forced us to explore a part of the mountain we expected to be just pointing to the bottom on...found lots of fun stuff to keep us occupied, and a lot of fresh, dry snow still waiting for turns...which basically illustrates how few people are at this mountain. We didn't fly to BC to just spend two days at KH, we also hit Fernie and Whitefish, both of which by that time had started receiving some new snow (good times at both), and even so, I prefer traveling back to KH, knowing at some point I will hit it with a storm and it will be unbelievable, new chairs or not...
March 19, 2010
grassy from Ski Canada Canada
I've been a fan of KHMR (Kicking Horse) since it's opening...the terrain is second to none in the west...big upper mountain bowls w/ steep chutes and all the air u can muster...the slack country is awesome too! The problem: Dutch owners whose only concern is real estate development..the on-hill development is deplorable...a fixed speed chair to nowhere? This is 2010 not 1995...short sighted management and poor on-hill development has ruined this resort! Crowds on any snow weekend are ridiculous..30 min - 1hour lineups and local morons cutting lineups without regard to others.. Too Bad - the potential is there but the brains aren't!
March 18, 2010
Jay from Ski Canada Canada
I don't understand why people are bashing the lower half of Kicking Horse. If you really care about that you are a really terrible skier and should stick to beginner hills (cop). Either way I was there last weekend and I know the conditions at the very bottom were way better than Sunshine or Louise have seen anywhere on their mountains all year. Not to mention how unreal the alpine terrain is...I'd say just as good as Whistler and better than Revelstoke. Yeah, they need more lifts but that's just going to make it easier for duds from Calgary to traverse and ruin the good lines that you need to work for right now.