Ski Canada: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Ski British Columbia! Come to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to experience the area’s deep champagne powder snow and steep drops in the Canadian Rockies.

Steeps and piles of powder are common sights at Kicking Horse Resort. (Kicking Horse Resort)

Along with their dry, fluffy snow, Kicking Horse has also built up a reputation for itself thanks to its incredibly long runs and heart-thumping heli-skiing opportunities. The resort is one of the newest in North America, having been built in 2000.

The village lies at 4,263 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and the summit reaches 8,033 feet (2,450 m). The vertical rise is the fourth highest on the continent at 4,133 feet (1,260 m).

Kicking Horse has one eight-person gondola, four chair lifts, and one surface lift to service its 2,750 acres of skiable terrain. Of the 106 runs and 70 inbound chutes, they are classified as 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 45% advanced and 15% expert.

Keep trying more and more challenging terrain with the Kicking Horse Big Mountain Centre Ski School. First timers leave with confidence and recreational skiers turn to experts with control, versatility and expression.

Kicking Horse's trails. (Kicking Horse Resort)

Sparkling, light and dry snow builds up for a deep snow pack with a soft, beautiful top layer that has earned Kicking Horse the distinction of “The Champagne powder capital of Canada!”

Other unique features of Kicking Horse include the Golden Eagle Express, Canada’s first level walk-in gondola and Canada’s highest restaurant, which sits at 7,777 feet.

The year-round resort is located about 9 miles (14 km) from the town of Golden British Columbia and the Trans Canadian Highway.

Reservations: 1-866-SKI-KICK

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