Resort Profile: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Kicking Horse is a ski resort that is two and a half hours west of Calgary in Canada and it offers you a vast amount of skiable terrain.

Before I go into more detail I think I should clear up the strange name... Sir James Hector, a geologist, was sent by Canada's government in 1958 to find a feasible route from the Prairies through the mountains so the railway could be extended. Sir James, to make the long story short, didn't have a lot of luck by the time he stumbled on Kicking Horse Pass. His horses got loose, he went after them across a river, and his own steed kicked him in the head. He was given up for dead. Eventually he came to, and discovered the pass through the mountains for the rail route. Got it? We can move on now.

There are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. You aren’t spoilt for choice as there are plenty of hotels, lodges, B&Bs, chalets and private homes. The slopes and mountains within this awesome resort offer you some great verticals as well as some unique and spectacular terrain. Also, if the weather and the conditions are right - which they often are - then you can come across some real champagne powder.

The downhill runs are extremely long which makes for a great day out and you also have the very tempting option to go heli skiing, which we highly recommend. Oh, I almost forgot, Kicking Horse is also home to the fourth highest vertical drop in North America and this combined with the rugged terrain and pristine scenery makes it one of the most amazing resorts in British Columbia.

The Highlights

- Vast array of terrain
- Huge skiable area
- Fourth highest peak in North America
- Plenty of accommodation
- Brilliant views
- Good expert terrain
- Perfect resort for all abilities

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