There are big plans for this resort, but right now it’s a relatively small operation located not far from Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Colombia. Don’t let its size put you off though, Kicking Horse definitely packs a punch when it comes to expert skiing terrain, with the 4th longest vertical in North America and excellent high-altitude powder bowls that were previously only accessible via heli-skiing. Experts rave about the quality of the champagne powder that regularly cloaks the upper reaches of the mountain, though snow conditions can sometimes get slushy lower down and the resort would benefit from a little snowmaking.
There is also some good terrain for intermediates, especially those game enough to go and play in the powder. A beginners’ area, along with a good ski school, make it a reasonable resort for learners too, although it’s not great for graduating from the baby slopes as the lower pistes get all the ski traffic from the top – the downside of a resort with four lifts.
Accommodation at the bottom of the slopes is good quality, or if you’re looking for real budget options, and/or a livelier bar scene, opt for the nearby town of Golden, about a 20-minute journey from the slopes. There are some great restaurants in Kicking Horse, most notably the Eagle’s Eye, perched high on the mountain-top.