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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

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!
January 31, 2014
KH Skier from Ski Canada Canada
I absolutely love the terrain at Kicking Horse, but the management this year is terrible. You can see that no one is actively managing basic cleanup at the end of each ski day. Over christmas holiday the same garbage sat outside the day-lodge window for a week. And more importantly the grooming is appalling. Don't get me wrong, I don't ski the Horse for the groomers but it's surprising how much I notice that they are gone. RCR needs to step up and get some full time management at the resort.
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).
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 help@snow-forecast.com]
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 06, 2010
bobby jenks from Ski Canada Canada
Kicking Horse is a great resort and is better than a lot of other areas. However, people continue to knock it. You can go fast and hit perfect roller jumps after shredding sick lines up top... Boo to people who disrespect a great resort.. I dare anyone to name one resort better than Kicking Horse.
January 11, 2007
Owain Dunn from Ski Turkey Turkey
I was at Kicking Horse for a full two weeks over Christmas and New Years and I have to say that it truly is an amazing resort. The mountain is great with truly satisfying runs and little lift wait time. And the snow was the most that I have ever seen. So much that I missed all my flights due to road closures. Every week there was easily 70cm of new snow. And it is fluffy and beautiful. It was the best boarding that I have ever done. I went to Louise once and stayed away because the snow at KH was purely irresistable. Go there!
February 04, 2008
Francois from Ski Canada Canada
This place is for riders that can handle stupid fast speeds and love to huck of cliffs. If you rate your ski vacation on food and lodging, go to Lake Louise or Panorama. Leave the real good stuff to the locals and ski bums. Yuppies.
January 02, 2015
Brian from Ski Canada Canada
Dec 29-30, 2015. Love Kicking Horse. The two days we skied we found the lower mountain was very cold and sketchy on snow conditions but the upper area was great and much warmer and the view on those clear days was simply breathtaking! Very little for line ups. I guess people saw the -20 forecast and were scared away. Made for lots of uninterrupted runs. Can't wait to return with hopes of powder days.