Kicking Horse Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 24 Beginner
  • 24 Intermediate
  • 54 Advanced
  • 18 Expert
Kicking Horse is one of the hidden gems of interior British Columbia in the Canadian Rockies. Located 2.5 hours west of Calgary, nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains in the heart of British Columbia, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers 2,800 skiable acres, 4 alpine bowls, 7,133 vertical feet, 128 runs, jaw dropping scenery and North America’s highest 5 star ... restaurant. That’s just the start.

Boasting the longest vertical drop in the Canadian Rockies, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has 4,133 feet (1,260 meters), and something for everyone. Often compared to Jackson Hole, Kicking Horse has some massive terrain, but is also a wonderful place to learn to ski or hone your blue-square skills.

A great destination for adrenaline junkies and families alike, Kicking Horse should definitely be on your list of resorts to visit this year.
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Kicking Horse Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Kicking Horse Operations


Plan to Open 12/09

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 120

Weekend Hours


Kicking Horse Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

3,900 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

4,133 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

8,033 ft

Kicking Horse Ski Pictures and Photos

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Kicking Horse Trail Map

Kicking Horse Reviews & Tips (18) was more than I expected. My husband and I site see on skis.The views were amazing...right up there with Zermatt in Switzerland We loved it alot!! This was our 58th mountain that we skied in our lifetime...hopefully not the last!
Kicking Horse review written Apr 10 2016 - 01:47 PM
Margery Intermediate Skier
Awesome snow. Stunning views. Unusual lift/gondola arrangement with only one lift servicing upper mountain. Ridge runs a bit tricky (narrow and fast) and only way to access drop-in points. Love to see a lift running to T1. 204Eagle's Eye restaurant at mountaintop was terrific! Definitely coming back.
Kicking Horse review written Mar 18 2016 - 10:15 AM
Aaron Advanced Skier
Forget all the resort bullshit and come here to push yourself well beyond your comfort zone. This mountain presents an amazing variety of challenging in-bounds terrain that will keep any advanced riders looking to progress their skills engaged indefinitely. Do not miss out on: Terminator I (north aspect): Truth / Dare / Consequence chutes Terminator II: Crazy Legs into any of the tree chutes. Don't get cliffed out. Whitewall: Pick a line. Carefully. There's some exposure over yonder:-0 CPR (north aspect): Chutes can get tracked out quickly due to easy access from the gondola. Get there early when it's fresh and for the love of Christ no side slipping please!!! Redemption (north aspect): Even more chutes. Fresh lines usually tucked away under the cliffs / peaks way after the fact. All ridges (south aspects): Excellent steep glades, and a total necessity when there's poor visibility / whiteout conditions. Did I say amazing?
Kicking Horse review written Mar 08 2016 - 02:00 PM
Ady Advanced Snowboarder
If you can, go midweek to Kicking Horse. Conditions were great with no more than a few people in the line. You can get all the vertical your legs can handle. Fantastic Hill.
Kicking Horse review written Jan 28 2016 - 06:54 PM
John Advanced Skier
The most amazing mountain I think in Canada . I will be there again for sure next year
Kicking Horse review written Jan 10 2016 - 04:11 PM
Stephane Landry Advanced Skier
Love the Gondola! The Service Desk was awesome. Friendly, helpful staff! Great snow at the top! We went at the end of March/beginning of April, so there was no snow left at the bottom and one chair was shut down. But they did open the other chair to allow skiers to hop on the chair "down" the mountain to avoid damage to ski/snowboards. Lodge at the top offers beautiful views and great for both skiers and non/skiers.
Kicking Horse review written Apr 06 2015 - 03:02 PM
Amber Intermediate Skier
When the snow conditions in Canada are the worst in six years, the conditions at Kicking Horse are not great. However, at least it's open! Many Canadian resorts have had to shut down already.
Kicking Horse review written Mar 01 2015 - 06:09 PM
Dennis Intermediate Skier
I hadn't been on a pair of skis in over 7 years before hitting KHMR. I spent the first day on the bottom half of the mountain as I didn't even get on the gondola. By day 3 I was hitting a few of the "Blue" runs the mountain has to offer. Be forewarned that "Blue" at KH = "Black" everywhere else and "Green" at KH = "Blue" everywhere else. The only true "Green" run is the 10km cat track, switchback road, which isn't very much fun. I had a blast and will be going back. Spectacular views, amazing restaurant, great value on renting places. Wicked resort, but insane mountain.
Kicking Horse review written Feb 23 2015 - 08:30 PM
Grahame Beginner Skier
Great mountain for pushing your limits inside the boundaries. Small and quaint feeling with little to no lift lines, but plenty of mountain to ski without repeating the same runs over and over. Lots of steep above tree line terrain and great tree skiing as well. A second mid mountain lift on the Terminator Bowls side would be nice for when you don't want to do the long run to the bottom of the Gondola (with lesser snow conditions the bottom runs can be more work than they are worth), but that would be the only thing I could recommend they change. Can't wait to go back!
Kicking Horse review written Feb 06 2015 - 08:21 AM
Wynn Advanced Skier
Kickinghorse is a brilliant destination for an advanced skier. Especially if you get fresh snow there is loads of steep challenging terrain. Be forewarned this really is not the place to bring your wife or your mother and hope to take some nice easy runs they effectively do not exist. I suppose one could hang out on the lower of the only three lifts but no question this is in a mountain built and run for advanced Skiiers. The major bonus is that you can rent a house here for a week at a rate that you would pay for a day in Vail. A small area called Percel Woods has dropdead gorgeous homes that can be had for a genuine steel and yes they are ski in ski out
Kicking Horse review written Jan 24 2015 - 10:02 AM
Christopher Advanced Skier
Awesome place. Loved our visit to Kicking horse. We were sad that our trip was only for one day. Really (and I mean REALLY) dislike the way RCR puts numbers on their trail maps yet the labels on the actual runs are names - makes it extremely difficult to navigate unless you're constantly doing the number to name conversion. Suggestion to all resorts in the area - stay open later when you have the daylight. Four pm is too early to close.
Kicking Horse review written Apr 03 2014 - 08:28 PM
Julie Advanced Skier
Huge mountain, no lift lines, great advanced and expert skiing, long runs. Beautiful restaurant on top with a stunning view.
Kicking Horse review written Mar 27 2014 - 10:27 PM
Steve Rolfe Advanced Skier
I'm an advanced skier, but certainly no expert. KHMR is a challenging, fun, with very short lift lines. i.e. you can pile up the vertical in a blink. Not well suited for beginners, but all others will love it. Deep powder bowls and long nicely pitched groomed runs for diversity. Can’t wait to get back.
Kicking Horse review written Mar 26 2014 - 05:50 PM
Gene Advanced Skier
Best lift serviced steeps I've ever skied. This place is the real deal. Have skied there a few times and the snow is always better than that resort 180 km to the west. Maybe not as much snow but drier and softer. That said you will hit rocks in most of the chutes, but hey their tools not jewels! Go check it out.
Kicking Horse review written Feb 23 2014 - 08:47 PM
Gordo Advanced Skier
Kicking Horse ; Unbeleivable experience ! Great mountain. The bowls are very impressives !. It is probably the best snow conditions in the area. The lifts are good. Considere to have a guide for one day during your trip. It is the best way to discover the secrets of that mountain.
Kicking Horse review written Feb 07 2014 - 08:42 AM
Michel Dube Advanced Skier
Kicking Horse is the real deal- straight to the top and traverse over for tons of chutes, and steep steep steep. There's a couple greens and blues from the top, and way more lower mountain if you aren't an intermediate or above. But make sure to at least go up to the restaurant at the top! The feel is cool and everything is new as it's a newer resort.
Kicking Horse review written Jan 08 2014 - 04:57 PM
Jarred Advanced Skier
Kicking Horse is a real skiers mountain - plenty of terrain for everyone and the scenery is fantastic! - you will not be board! Don't forget to try the night tubing - a total blast!
Kicking Horse review written Mar 03 2009 - 06:04 AM
Byron Morris Intermediate Skier
Kicking horse is opening December 12th!!
Kicking Horse review written Dec 09 2008 - 03:02 PM
Ron Advanced Skier

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