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Kicking Horse ski resort

British Columbia, Canada

Kicking Horse ski resort is located 14km outside the logging town of Golden, in British Columbia, Canada. With the village at 1,190m (3,900ft) and mountain summit at 2,450m (8,033ft), yet it is most famous for the significant vertical drop of 1,260m, the 4th longest in North America.

Kicking Horse ski resort began as an idea after a visit to Whitetooth Ski Hill (the resort’s former name) by award-winning Vancouver architect Oberto Oberti in 1996. With immense support from the local town of Golden, as well as local and international investors, the resort was bought and redeveloped and opened in December 2000 under its new name of Kicking Horse ski resort.

Kicking Horse ski resort is for the purist. At its most extreme, the terrain is steep and complex – requiring a more technical response to the force of gravity. With 129 runs spread over more than 1,113 hectares (2,800ac), it offers a phenomenal variety of options, including plenty of terrain for the novice and intermediate skier and snowboarder. And there are also family-friendly features at the resort, such as a tube park and a skating rink.

Kicking Horse has built its reputation on its steep terrain and incredibly high annual snowfall; average 275in (700cm). Just because this mountain has awesome expert terrain, doesn’t mean that it’s not also suited to other levels of skiers and boarders. There’s enough terrain for beginners to improve their skills at the base of the mountain and there are plenty of runs for intermediates. The terrain breakdown is approximately 20% beginner trails, 35% intermediate and 45% for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and alpine hiking are on offer at Kicking Horse ski resort, with 85 inbound chutes, before dropping 4,133ft of vertical into the giant chasm that is the Columbia River Valley. Cross-country skiing takes place on gentler gradients down below.

The most expensive part of every ski trip is usually the accommodation costs. If you are looking to compare hotel prices and to book your accommodation for your next trip to Kicking Horse ski resort please visit our STAY page. We invite you to book directly online through our website.

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Total Trails: 100 km 62.1 mi

  • Easiest 20 km 12.4 mi | 20%
  • More Difficult 35 km 21.7 mi | 35%
  • Most Difficult 45 km 28 mi | 45%
  • Terrain Park Yes
  • Half Pipes No

Resort Stats

Peak elevation:
2450 m 8038 ft
Base elevation:
1190 m 3904 ft
Vertical Drop:
1260 m 4134 ft
Total Trails:
100 km 62.1 mi
Longest Run:
10 km 6.2 mi

Lift Tickets

  • Day PassCAD 89.95
  • Kids Day PassCAD 35.95
  • Season PassCAD 259
  • Kids Season PassCAD 129
Prices check with resort for specials and discounts

Total Ski Lifts 5

  • Gondolas1
  • Chairlifts3
  • Pomas 1
live cam

Snowmaking Yes

  • Mtn Snowmaking %2 %
  • No of Snow guns10

Snow Report

  • Last Snow:
  • 24hrs Snow
  • Base (natural):
2 °C
1 °C
S13 km/h S8 m/h


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