Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is one of many fantastic ski resorts that help to make British Columbia one of the world's very best skiing and snowboarding destinations. At the Kicking Horse Resort, the vertical drop is the one of the highest in all of North America, and since the region gets plenty of powdery snow on an annual basis, making fresh tracks is often possible. While you're exploring the vast 2,750 total skiable acres, stunning mountain views are among the things that can be enjoyed. This high-altitude Canada ski resort calls the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia home, and not far off to the east, the rising Rocky Mountains only add depth to the beautiful scenery.

Kicking Horse Resort visitors will have no fewer than 106 different runs to choose from when skiing or snowboarding within the normal boundaries. It is also possible to enjoy some remarkable back-country access if you want to venture out of bounds. Adding to the options are the heli skiing and heli snowboarding adventures that can be booked on the side. These adventures allow visitors to access immaculate runs in the surrounding mountains by way of helicopter.

Back at the resort itself, the more than 100 runs include a healthy collection of beginner trails, so you don't have to be an expert or even an intermediate-level skier or snowboarder to have a good time. The rest of the trails cater to intermediate and advanced-level visitors, and there are plenty of long runs for those who want to make tons of turns before getting back on the lift. The base elevation of the Kicking Horse Resort is 3,900 feet, while the summit elevation is 8,033 feet. This translates to an impressive vertical drop of 4,133 feet.

The Kicking Horse ski terrain offers everything that you could virtually want in terms of variety. Visitors can ski or snowboard along ridges, dip into tree-infested gladed areas, shoot down chutes, and make extra wide turns in alpine bowls. A high-speed gondola is in place to get skiers and snowboarders up the hill in short order, and complementing the gondola are a few fixed grip lifts and a surface lift. If you want to enjoy the relatively rugged back-country areas that surround the resort, you can hike to a couple of choice spots or take a snowcat or helicopter. Back country lodges provide amenities in the out of bounds regions, so you won't necessarily be isolated, which offers peace of mind.

While most of the Kicking Horse terrain caters to intermediate and advanced-level skiers and snowboarders, beginners will also feel at home. The beginner-friendly runs comprise 20 percent of the total runs, and it's worth noting that professional instructors are in place should you want to take a lesson. You don't have to be a beginner to get something out of a lesson. Special family lessons figure among the lesson options, and for families with kids, the Kicking Horse Kids Zone offers fun lessons and activities for the little ones.

In addition to being able to book a lesson at the Kicking Horse Resort, it is possible to rent high-performance equipment. Since the region is known for getting more than its fair share of light and fluffy snow, many visitors who need equipment find themselves renting skis and snowboards that are designed for deep powder conditions. Kicking Horse actually dubs itself the "Champagne Powder Capital of Canada" due to its dry and deep snow. You definitely won't want to forget your goggles when it comes to gear.

The Kicking Horse Ski Resort can be found near the small British Columbia city of Golden. Also close by are famed Kicking Horse Pass and the Kicking Horse River. The pass has historical significance, in that its route helped to open up the Canadian West in the 1880s. These aren't the only things worth noting in the region. Six spectacular National Parks, such as Banff and Kootenay, are within relatively easy reach of Kicking Horse, and there are some other good ski resorts in the area that you can consider visiting on the side. These ski resorts include Revelstoke and the Banff ski areas of Lake Louise and Sunshine Village.

The Kicking Horse Resort is both a winter and summer resort, with mountain biking and hiking being just two summer activities that can be enjoyed. As is true of the dining options, the resort offers relatively complete lodging options, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a good place to stay regardless of the season. Small boutique lodges, ski-in and ski-out condos, and multi-bedroom homes are just some of the on-mountain lodging options, and luxury can definitely be the name of the game. More accommodations can be found in nearby Golden, and you can always consider renting a chalet or a cabin in the area.

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