Kicking Horse is located in the heart of British Columbia. This relatively new resort is less well-known than others and subsequently less crowded. You’ll find a good mix of accommodation in Kicking Horse ski resort from luxurious to more affordable, and plenty of hotel / motel style accommodation in nearby Golden. Golden is also where you’ll find a vast array of restaurants, bars and entertainment. Consider slipping a visit to Kicking Horse in alongside a ski holiday to Revelstoke or Banff.
Food & Bars
When you ski or board at Kicking Horse you can choose to stay at either the base area or in the town of Golden, which is just 10 minutes away from the mountain by car.
Kicking Horse base area is right on the mountain and offers a great range of accommodation – from condos and townhouses to lodges – to suit your group and your budget. Choose carefully because some of the condos offer the convenience of being pretty much ski-n-ski-out.
If having a choice of restaurants, bars and cafes is important to you, you may be disappointed by what’s on offer in the base area, however there’s plenty to keep you entertained in nearby Golden. Here you’ll also find a solid choice of accommodation, most of it motel / hotel style.
Skiing & Boarding
Kicking Horse is rugged, raw and ready to challenge you. This incredible mountain spans over 1,100 hectares, and boasts more than 60 long double black runs taking you back to the base area, along with four bowls offering chutes, steeps, deeps and cliffs – it’s the ultimate destination for experts.
With almost half of Kicking Horse dedicated to advanced skiers and boarders, you’ll love the easily accessible runs off the two highest lifts as well as the less tracked runs further out that are well worth the short hike and/or traverse it takes to reach them. There is also plenty of easier terrain at the bottom of the mountain for beginners to get their edges in, as well as some manageable, scenic runs higher up for intermediates.
Feeling more adventurous? If you have the gear and the experience, head to the back country – but before you go check the conditions and warning signs, and while you’re out there, be wary of avalanche danger.
At Kicking Horse base area, you’ll find a reasonably priced ski school and magic carpets for learners, as well as day care facilities for kids aged 18 months to six years. There are also some great Kid’s Trails at the mountain base to challenge your kids once they get their legs in. If you’re looking to improve on your own style, Kicking Horse’s ‘Big Mountain Centre’ ski program is where you need to be.
Within this small resort there’s plenty to do when you need a break from skiing or boarding. For starters, you can experience ice-skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on site, while further out, you’ll discover Heli-skiing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing and even a wolf centre.
Getting There & AroundThis growing resort is two and a half hours drive from Calgary International Airport, which isserviced from many Canadian and American cities, or the smaller Cranbrook Airport. Shuttles are available, though extremely limited, and private shuttles are expensive, so it’s best to hire a car. That way you’ll also be able to explore the surrounding areas, like Golden – a 10 minute drive away; Lake Louise which is an hour’s drive and Banff, which is less than two hours by road from Kicking Horse.
Within Kicking Horse, itself you won’t need a car as you can walk or ski to wherever you need to be, however if you’re staying in Golden, you’ll need a car or to rely on taxis.
If you’re making a day trip to Kicking Horse from Lake Louise or Banff, shuttles are available.
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Aspens at Kicking Horse is a short walk to the lifts. Fully-equipped townhome-style retreat complete with a gourmet kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, spacious living spaces, a cozy fireplace and much more.. Onsite hot tub.
Copper Horse Lodge is located just steps away from the gondola. The main level of the lodge includes a guest lounge with wood burning fireplace, secure ski/boot room with boot warmers and access to a hot tub. Onsite: Restaurant, parking, free Wi-Fi.
Premier ski-in/ski-out condominium resort property located at Kicking Horse lift base just steps from the gondola. Variety of units featuring full kitchen, fireplace, balcony and spectacular views. Onsite outdoor hot tubs, sauna, fitness centre, steam room, restaurant, coffee and gift shop.
Ski-in/ski-out apartments feature warm timber interiors, fireplaces, and large windows with fantastic mountain views. All apartments with a full kitchen, large living area with fireplace, spacious bedroom, private hot tub, media lounge, washer/dryer and garage. Onsite outdoor hot pool, ski storage, fitness centre.
Friendly boutique ski-in/walk-out property. 10 tastefully decorated rooms feature queen beds, heated floors and bathrooms. 6 of the rooms have great views of the Rocky Mountains. No TV or phones in rooms. Onsite library, media room, pool table, hot tub.
These luxurious on-mountain location townhomes provide easy ski-in/ski-out access while being privately tucked away from the resort base. Situated only a few minutes walk (or ski) away from The Plaza and gondola. Features stunning views, spacious living areas with cosy rock and timber accented gas fireplaces, well-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and a large, exterior private hot tub.
This hotel is 5 minutes' walk from the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It features a spa, sauna and a restaurant that serves a daily continental breakfast. All suites are appointed with traditional, hand-crafted solid wood furniture, sumptuous feather down beds, relaxing jetted baths (in some rooms) or walk-in showers, private balconies with stunning mountain views. Onsite: Restaurant, sauna, spa, games room and ski storage room.