At a Glance
Great for advanced skiers
Excellent backcountry options
Average annual snowfall of 7.5m
3,400 acres of skiable terrain
Perfect for a powder warm up
Skiing in Kicking Horse
Kicking Horse is known for its deep, champagne powder as well as its truly spectacular, unique mixture of terrain. The resort receives an average of 7.5 metres of snow per season which is very respectable in comparison to its neighbouring resorts. The resort has plenty of backcountry skiing with over 60% of its terrain recommended for advanced or expert skiers.
Powder Skiing Watch
If you’re looking for a warm up resort with guaranteed powder then look no further than Kicking Horse. There might be a short wait for the gondola on a powder day but once you’re up the mountain it’s not hard to find fresh tracks – and even bigger rewards await those who are happy to do a little hiking!
How do I get there?
Kicking Horse is a 3.5 hour drive from Calgary. There is an early morning shuttle bus from Calgary available twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) but the most flexible and convenient way to get to this resort is by a private transfer or hire car. This can easily be organised for you by one of our team.
Pure Powder Recommends
This 10-bedroom boutique hotel is situated right in the centre of Kicking Horse and conveniently just a short 5 minute walk from the gondola. The Vagabond Lodge is owned by Ken and Lori who are at hand throughout your stay to make sure you’re well looked after. Days at the Vagabond usually start with Lori’s healthy breakfast and finish with a relaxing dip in the outdoor hot tub.
For Alternative Stays…
This traditionally-built, rustic wood lodge offers 11 comfortable bedrooms with relaxing jetted baths or walk-in showers. It also offers a fantastic après location as the Local Hero pub is situated in-house.
Pure Powder Loves
√ Dining at the Eagle Eye’s restaurant which is located at the top of the mountain. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays and booking is highly recommended.
√ Skiing with locals – our favourite way to explore the resort is with a local who knows the best hidden powder spots.
Things to consider
– The queue for the gondola can be quite long on a powder day.
– It’s not the easiest resort to get to; shuttle buses are very infrequent so private transfers or hire cars are highly recommended.