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Kicking Horse

By Paul Dubrûle, Ski Sales Director

It’s been 15 years since the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort opened its doors, offering skiers one of the longest vertical drops in North America. To mark the opening at the time, the Gendron Travel team had planned a familiarization trip with group organizers and journalists. I still recall the look of amazement on their faces when they reached the summit. Everyone was so impressed with how big the area was, and with the view of the five surrounding national parks. For me, this marked the beginning of my love affair with this particular resort.Whenever I visit Kicking Horse, it feels like coming home.

Needless to say, the resort has changed and grown over the years, but my favourite go-to spots are always there, waiting. One of the reasons I love this mountain so much is the abundance of expert terrain. Even if you had the courage to tackle each and every run, it would be impossible to do it in a single week! There’s also the Terminator Peak sector which, since being added, has greatly contributed to the resort’s development. From there, you can access the Super Bowl and the Crazy Legs run. These two alone are worth the trip. But, if you take the gondola to the top, you can also try the It’s a Ten run, which is a favourite among intermediate skiers. As the name suggests, this particular piste is a smooth 10 kilometers stretch from top to bottom.

Kicking Horse is also known for its great accommodations. In addition to the usual slopeside condos and popular hotels in town, you’ll also find an array of boutique hotels that provide a unique experience. Quaint, comfortable, authentic and luxurious all perfectly describe these cozy lodgings. My love for this B.C. resort extends far beyond the mountain, however. The town of Golden has its own unique flair that I absolutely love.

When it’s time to head out for a drink or some down time, the tourists and locals (the latter’s outdoorsy lumberjack style making them easy to recognize) come together, and a great time is had by all. It’s the perfect opportunity to get them to share a few tips and suggestions about the area, and the resort. So, if you love mountains with that little extra edge, you’re sure to fall head over heels for Kicking Horse!



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Text from 2015-2016 ski magazine

kick it up a notch!

By Bianca Montpetit, Ski Travel Consultant

Known as the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada, Kicking Horse has brought sheer joy and delight to expert skiers for the last 15 years. Located in the Purcell Mountains between Banff and Revelstoke, this resort enjoys a larger-than-life reputation thanks to its huge and exceptionally challenging terrain.

During my stay at Kicking Horse, which I combined with Banff and Lake Louise as part of my ski safari, I had an amazing time—even though I am not an expert skier. After a few runs, I quickly realized that my sector of choice was the lower part of the mountain, aimed at beginner and intermediate skiers, rather than the top which caters to powder hounds in search of great couloirs (there are 85 in all!) and colossal bowls like the extraordinary Super Bowl added some 5 years ago. With only five lifts covering this expansive ski area, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the trail map in order to make the most of your day.

Don’t be surprised if you experience varied conditions during the same descent. Also, in certain areas, it’s recommended you wear a backpack to hold your skis in order to safely get around. For skiers like me, runs like It’s a 10 (as in 10 km!) are a good challenge. You’ll feel the burn, believe me! After a few arduous runs, you’ll want to break for lunch at the everpopular Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at the summit. Its gourmet menu and panoramic views from the dining room are internationally renowned.

At the end of the day, some will enjoy the calm and quiet of deluxe slopeside accommodations while others may prefer a more standard hotel in Golden, where there is a little more action! The choice is yours! In short, a ski trip to Kicking Horse is perfect for those who like to kick it up a notch!

NEW for 2015 - 2016 :

Learning & Adventure Centre extended play: combining the Winter Sports School & Daycare has become a hub fostering a positive family environment.  We've created a consistent play zone and associated activities for kids and families staying on-resort.  The program runs mostly on weekends and holidays and include activities like snowmobiling display, the Euro bungee, inflatable bouncy castle, disco light tubing and free hot chocolate.

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Jocelyn Billette
Représentant à destination | On-site representative

Skieurs depuis ses 6 ans, Jocelyn a toujours eu un amour inconditionnel pour les sports de glisse ou même tous types de sports extrêmes tels que le rugby, le motocross ou même les compétitions de rodéo, et ce, encore à ce jour. Ayant skié tous les hivers de sa jeunesse les stations de Owl’s Head, Sutton et Jay Peak, il a su être habile autant en ski qu’en planche. Plus tard, il aura la chance de skier Salt Lake City et Banff, ce qui déclenchera son amour des stations de l’Ouest. Cet hiver, il élira son camp de base à Kicking Horse et a définitivement hâte de vous partager son amour des sports de glisse.  Sera à Kicking Horse jusqu’au 24 mars.

A skier since the age of 6, Jocelyn has always had an unconditional love for snow sports or any type of extreme sport for that matter, whether it be rugby, motocross and even rodeo competitions. Having spent every winter of his youth skiing at Owl’s Head, Sutton and Jay Peak, Jocelyn became as talented on a snowboard as he is on skis. He later had the opportunity to ski Salt Lake City and Banff, which sparked a love for Western resorts. This summer, he sets up camp at Kicking Horse where he looks forward to sharing his love of snow sports with all of you.  Will be in Kicking Horse until March 24.

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Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
Month Min. Max.
January -13 -5
February -10 1
March -5 6
April 1 13
May 3 18
June 8 22
July 9 25
August 9 24
September 4 18
October 1 10
November -11 1
December -11 -4

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