The Secret is Out! Vicky Mclean, Marketing Manager

"Kicking Horse is a must for anyone looking for a challenge. The terrain is epic, with some of the steepest stuff I have ever ridden! There are still plenty of groomers for intermediates however this isn't a resort we'd normally recommend for beginners. Kicking Horse is only 2 hours from Banff, so it's ideal for a twin centre ski holiday."

Kicking Horse Ski Holidays

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort currently offers nearly 3,000 acres of awesome BC terrain and boasts a huge historic annual snowfall of 25 feet a year - making it the envy of many a neighbouring resort. Kicking Horse is now firmly established as a popular ski holiday destination for Ski Independence guests whether as part of a longer Canadian Rockies road-trip itinerary or as a stand-alone resort in its own right.

Kicking Horse is definitely a skiers resort with the upper mountain unashamedly stacked with countless black and an unprecedented 60 double black diamond runs. You’ll find four massive alpine bowls and four ridges featuring over 85 inbound chutes. You get a sense of what the resort is focussed on by checking out some of the great trail names: Terminator, Unnecessary Roughness, Valhalla, Consequence and Prairie Oyster. The resort infrastructure is outstanding, there's a good choice of ski hotels and condos in the village plus a modern, efficient lift system accessing the mountain. Kicking Horse should be on your list!

Skiing in Kicking Horse

As with most top Canadian ski resorts, novices and learners are well catered for mostly at the base of the mountain. Once they’re feeling confident learner skiers can ascend from the resort base to the summit of the mountain courtesy of the Golden Eagle Express gondola. After a quick selfie, something to eat or drink at the mountain-top Eagle Eye restaurant, and a peek at the stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Rockies, they can gently cruise down the meandering easiest way down all the way home – a great way to end the day!

 Intermediate skiers and riders are similarly well taken care of with lots of choice all over the mountain – a favourite run is to ski laps on the Stairway to Heaven lift to the 8033ft summit down Cloud Nine trail, and repeat! Meanwhile advanced and expert skiers and riders are really spoilt for choice here – the upper mountain at Kicking Horse used to be heli-ski terrain, and it still retains that wild, airy and edgy feel. Make no mistake, this is proper full-on technical and steep terrain where you’ll find chutes, trees and drops - certainly not for the faint-hearted, but if you have the skills to pay the bills, this is the place to be.

A stop for lunch at the impressive mountain top Eagle's Eye restaurant – Canada’s most elevated dining experience - a must for those who wish to rest weary limbs, replenish energy reserves and admire the stunning views. At the end of your epic ski day, cruise down the monstrous 4133ft vertical and finish by sipping a cool Kokanee at the Whitetooth Grill – renowned for great food, special après-ski drinks specials and live music most weekends.

All of our featured accommodation is located at the Kicking Horse resort base, either ski-in/ski-out or slopeside, but the town of Golden is only a short 15 minute away. 

Ski Independence can also offer day trips to Revelstoke from Kicking Horse. Revelstoke is North America's newest resort with the longest lift serviced descent at 5,620 vertical feet.

Getting to Kicking Horse

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London into Calgary and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Kicking Horse include the flexibility of self-drive car rental from Calgary. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.

Important information
Season Mid December–Mid April
Ski Area 2,825 acres
Annual Snowfall 25ft
Number of Lifts 6
Ski Range 3,900-8,033 ft
Blue Runs 20%
Red Runs 20%
Black Runs 60%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
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Distance from airports
Calgary 3hr 30mins