Located deep within remote British Columbia, Canada, hidden between beautiful mountains and a scenic route away from the trans-Canada highway, is the incredible Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Close to six of the most stunning National Parks in Canada, Kicking horse is the fourth highest peak in all of North America.  This stunning Canadian Ski Resort has been beautifully maintained as a serene area, and so well hidden that most ski travellers drive right past it.  Thus leaving its beautifully groomed ski fields untarnished and pristine, ready and waiting to be skied or snowboarded on. With eight restaurants, including the Eagles eye restaurant at 4000ft, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers it’s visiting Skiers and Snowboarders many other on and off snow activity options additional to its world renowned alpine skiing.  Furthermore,  because of all the options available at the Kicking Horse Resort, Kicking Horse is guaranteed to have something for every snowboard and alpine skiing enthusiast regardless of their abilities and interests, so you are sure to be kept active and entertained right through your stay.

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is one of those hidden Canadian Ski Resort gem’s that really does deserve to be remembered, and skied! With an aim of providing the best quintessential big mountain resort vacation in Canada, Kicking Horse delivers big mountain skiing, a charming ski through village, and loads of choices to tempt your taste buds after a hard day on the mountain. Shona – Amped

10 Top Reasons to Ski Kicking Horse

  • Semi remote location makes for a relaxing stay with quick snow access
  • Phenomenal terrain with 4 alpine bowls, and 85 inbound chutes over 2825 acres
  • Rated one of the top ski areas in Canada and America.
  • Well maintained mountain with many trails and a well-balanced difficulty distribution
  • Many activities on mountain to keep Skiers and Snowboarders busy all day
  • World class Ski and Snowboard learning centre
  • Challenging courses for skill progression
  • Multiple peaks to discover
  • Beautiful trails
  • Excellently maintained snow

Kicking Horse Facts & Stats

  • Skiable Terrain: 3,486 acres
  • Longest Run: 6 miles / 10 km
  • Total Trails: 120+
  • Trail Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 20% Intermediate, 45% Advanced and 15% Expert
  • Total Lifts: 5 lifts including 1 Gondola, 2 4-Person Fixed Grips, 1 2-Person Fixed Grip, and 1 Surface Lift
  • Vertical Drop: 4,314ft / 1,315m
  • Lift Serviced Vertical Drop: 4133 ft / 1260m
  • Base Elevation: 3,900 feet / 1,190m
  • Summit Elevation: 8,218ft / 2,505m
  • Lift Capacity: 5,500 passengers/hour
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 7.3m / 24ft
  • Ski Season: December to April

Getting to Kicking Horse


A stunning scenic drive brings you to a world-class skiing destination so well-hidden and unknown that most travelers drive right past… leaving the lucky to enjoy the many pleasures of this undiscovered paradise: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the best kept secret in the Rockies!

By Air: Auckland to Vancouver and Calgary flights leave frequently

By Road: The Kicking Horse resort is located in Canada’s town of Golden, 2.5 hours west of Calgary (270 kilometers) and 1.5 hours west of Banff (145 kilometers along the Trans-Canada highway, and despite being relatively remote, Kicking Horse  is quite easy to get to if you know where to look.


Shuttle services between Kicking horse and the Calgary International Airport are frequent, as well as the Discover Banff tours, which run daily and stop at 7 locations around Banff including the Ski/ Snowboard fields

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Kicking Horse Trail Map

Kicking Horse Village Map

Free Mountain Tours / Ski Lessons

The Kicking Horse Resort aims to make sure you get a kick out of your holiday, with tons of on mountain activities and events, Kicking horse aims to help all skiers and boarders increase their skills so they can take advantage of all the mountain has to offer, this includes free beginners lessons, and advice, tours, hot springs, and many other Kicking Horse facilities to ensure that your stay is enjoyed till the last minute, these tours and facilities include

Other Resort Activities

  • Tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Eagle’s Eye Restaurant
  • Orientation Tours
  • Telemark Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Gondola Sightseeing
  • Heli Skiing
  • Climbing Gym
  • Wolf Centre
  • Hot Springs
  • Rogers Pass
  • Golden Dog Sled Adventures
  • Ice Skating
  • Spas
  • Grizzly Bear Encounters

Telus Ski School and Daycare at Kicking Horse

The Telus ski school at Kicking Horse aims to further skiiers’ skills and ability, with free beginners courses, group and personal lessons, kids lessons, daycare options, a big mountain centre, and multi week programs and camps available, the Telus Ski School aims to help recreational skiers to become ski experts, this overarching theory aims to ensure that all Kicking Horse guests know their abilities and are capable of skiing confidently and safely right up to expert levels of the mountain, leaving all the slopes open to exploring. And with a professional day-care school, parents’ don’t need to worry about their kids’ safety on the snow, or the fun the kids are guaranteed to have. Ski Services available range from:

  • Free Beginners lessons
  • Adult lessons
  • Adult Group lessons
  • Children’s private lessons
  • Children’s group lessons
  • Big Mountain Centre
  • Multi- Week Programs and spring and snow camps

Accommodation at Kicking Horse

Palliser Lodge – Premium, Central Village Ski in Ski Out Accommodation

At the delightful Palliser lodge, guests are gifted with a prime ski in/ ski out location, with the highest standard of comfort and luxury, the Palliser Lodge is a mere stroll away from the gondola, and with premium pets can stay certification, as well as full ski in- ski out access Palliser guests get to ski right on to the Kicking Horse Snow resort from the start of the day. The charming Palliser Lodge features a wooden theme, with rooms appointed to achieve the maximum possible comfort levels and convenience for the pleasure of visitors. Palliser is pet friendly, and has a fitness centre, hot tub, complimentary indoor parking, a concierge, bicycle, ski and snowboard storage facilities, on top of this; for guest enjoyment, all units are equipped with complimentary high speed wireless internet. Palliser Units are all also equipped with a fully equipped kitchen including, dishwasher, stove/oven, refrigerator, and microwave, as well as a fireplace and balcony in every room.

available are

  • Hotel Room
  • One Bedroom Condo
  • Two Bedroom Condo

Glacier Mountaineer lodge- moderate ski in- ski out

At the heart of the Kicking Horse mountain resort Village, is the Glacier Mountaineer lodge, with its mountain surroundings between the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the Selkirk Mountains the Glacier Mountaineer lodge offers incredulous beauty, with a home away from home feel in the midst of Kicking Horse. As well as being homely, the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers full ski in/ski out access, cosy fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, scenic balconies, private washing/ drying facilities, ski/ bike storage, a steam room, sauna, fitness centre, outdoor hot tub and 24 hour front desk service through the winter months to make guests feel comfortable, the Glacier Mountaineer lodge is the perfect home away from home.

Available Are

  • King Guest Rooms
  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 1 Bedroom and Loft Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suite

Copper Horse Lodge – Deluxe Ski In/Ski Out

The Copper Horse Lodge can be found on top of the mountain at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, located just 100 paces from the gondola. The Copper Horse Lodge offers stylish, modern accommodations, and contemporary dining in a serene mountain setting with ski in/ski out luxury as well as: ski storage space, complimentary parking, complimentary hot breakfast, in room tea/ coffee maker, in room bar fridge, alarm clocks/ wake up services, TV with DVD player in each suite, 2 way radio services for winter guests, and a DVD and CD library for the kids or late nights in with loved ones

Available are:

  • Contemporary Rooms
  • Deluxe Suites


Lush Mountain – Private On and Off Mountain Accommodations

Stay at the Kicking Horse Snow Resort in style while indulging in the privacy, freedom and balanced comfort which only the Lush Mountain chalets can provide, with a variety of valley and on mountain options, the Lush Mountain Accommodations will prove the perfect home away from home regardless on your family’s preferences. Not only do the unique Lush Mountain Accommodation options let you choose your accommodation location, they also give guests a choice between accommodation types and facilities, ranging from town houses, suites, private condominiums, and more. Each Lush Mountain property has its own options and features, making the Lush Mountain Accommodations suitable for everyone.

Varying Accommodation Types

  • Private Ranches
  • Private Chalets
  • Private Units
  • Town Houses

* THE ABOVE ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS ARE BASED ON JUST A FEW OF OUR AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS, SO PLEASE CONTACT US TO FURTHER DISCUSS YOUR ACCOMMODATION AND HOLIDAY REQUIREMENTS * IMPORTANT NOTE: the above images are to be used as guides for room types available. Due to room configurations and decors differing from condo to condo, not all rooms will look or appear the same.