Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort was named after an event in 1858 when Sir James Hector was presumed dead after being kicked in the chest by a pack horse. He regained consciousness before burial and his legacy continues in this beautiful mountain resort. Kicking Horse is located 14 km / 8 mi from Golden. It is two hours west of Banff and one hour from Lake Louise. Known as the ‘Champagne Powder Capital of Canada’ for its abundant dry snow in winter, the resort also offers the world’s largest grizzly bear refuge for resident ‘Boo’ and a sightseeing gondola that rises to Eagle’s Eye, the highest restaurant in Canada. There’s lift-assisted downhill skiing and mountain biking, plus summit hiking trails in summer and many lodging, dining and nightlife choices. 1-866-754-5425.
- The BIGGEST TERRAIN EXPANSION IN CANADA! New terrain previously exclusive to heli-skiing is within bounds and available as conditions allow.
- Golden Eagle Express Gondola rises to an upper ridge. It’s an exhilarating 1,260 m / 4,133 ft run down one of the region’s highest vertical rises. Four other lifts include Stairway to Heaven quad that accesses Feuz Bowl, former heli-ski terrain.
- Five powder bowls and ridge traverses to steep chutes define the resort’s signature terrain.
- The Pony family ski zone is a great place for kids, and a Learning Centre offers lessons and camps. The childcare facility provides daycare for children 18 months to 5 years, and offers one- to two-hour lessons for kids.
- Tube Zone is serviced by the Jelly Bean surface lift. Drop by Saturdays for disco tubing.
- Village Rink has a fire pit, warming yurt and music. Skate rentals are available; hockey sticks are allowed.
- Kicking Horse Powder Express runs ski/board day trips, including lift pass, in winter from Banff and Lake Louise. The one-day $100 package includes lift ticket and shuttle. Book with Discover Banff Tours, 1-877-565-9372. They also offer Grizzly Bear Refuge and sightseeing tours in summer.
- Eagle’s Eye Restaurant with timber and stone decor and awesome views is Canada’s highest restaurant. Ride the gondola to daily lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Reservations required. Inquire about special dinner events through the winter season.