Kicking Horse

Ski Resort in Canada

Introduction

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) is a ski resort located 14 km outside of Golden, British Columbia, Canada. It features what is currently the fourth highest vertical drop North America, at 4,133 feet (1,260 m). It is only 6 feet (1.8 m) shorter than Jackson Hole. In total the resort includes over 2,800 acres (11 km2) of skiable lift-served terrain.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, interior British Columbia’s big mountain skiing destination, began as an idea after a visit to Whitetooth Ski Hill (the resort’s former name) by award winning Vancouver architect Oberto Oberti in 1996.

Oberti saw the potential to expand the infrastructure into a four season destination resort. With immense support from the local town of Golden, as well as local and international investors, the resort was bought and redeveloped and opened in December 2000 under its new name of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

A far cry from its humble beginnings of one double chairlift, one T-bar and 2,000 ft of vertical, the ski resort of Kicking Horse now has access to some of the most formidable terrain in Canada. The Golden Eagle Express gondola shuttles skiers and snowboarders directly into the high alpine in just over 12 minutes. This 8-person gondola serves the majority of the 2,750 acres (1,100 ha) of terrain. The only other high alpine lift is the Stairway to Heaven, which runs from the bottom of Crystal Bowl to Blue Heaven Peak 8,033ft (2,450m).

Kicking Horse has built its reputation on its steep terrain and high annual snowfall; average 275 inches (700cm). The unique layout of the ski resort is the way it traverses three distinct ridges - Terminator Peak, CPR Ridge and Redemption Ridge. These three areas have countless couloirs, each more hazardous than the last. And many of the 'skiable' lines of these ridges would be classified as permanently closed areas at bigger more popular resorts. Local skiers and riders have a common sense factor that keeps them away from such areas when the conditions are not forgiving.

The lower mountain has plenty on offer for beginners and intermediates. Long, flowing groomed runs, steep bumps and a network of easy to navigate green runs make the lower mountain ideal for families and those looking for less of an 'extreme' experience.

Kicking Horse's small base village has a handful of hotels and restaurants. High end homes within walking distance of the village provide a base of luxury vacation rentals.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located 6 miles (10km) outside Golden, British Columbia. The closest major city with an international airport is Calgary, two hours and 30 minutes drive away.


Kicking Horse info card

LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest cityGolden
Coordinates51°17′21″N 117°03′31″W
Top elevation2,450 m (8,033 ft)
Base elevation1,190 m (3,900 ft)
Skiable area11.14 km² (2,750 acres)
Runs106[1] (Beginner 20%, Intermediate 20%, Advanced 45%, Expert 15%)
Longest run"It's A Ten" (10km long)
Lift system1 gondola, 3 chairlifts, 1 surface lift
Terrain parks1
Snowfall7 m (23 ft)/year
WebsiteKickingHorseResort.com


Skiing in Kicking Horse

The top of the mountain consists of four main bowls and several ridges that fan out into one main face, providing a total 128 named runs. Filled with steep open bowls, glorious glades and dry powder, this absolutely perfect for seasoned SNO lovers, and quiet too.

Skiers well outnumber boarders here - the resort lacks terrain parks and traversing is required beyond the lifts. While praised as expert territory, there’s enough terrain for beginners to improve their skills at the base of the mountain, and the resort’s peace and quiet is just what’s needed while you get to grips with the basics. For a rewarding achievement for the end of the week, the 10km It’s a Ten run, spans the resort from top to tail, with knockout views.

Of the 4 bowls, Crystal Bowl is largest and most open, with high blue runs like Cloud 9 and Northern Lights to let you in on some stellar scenery before feeding into numerous intermediate trails on the middle mountain.

Experts are the guests of honour here, with 3 entire peaks dedicated to black runs. Many of the sweetest lines tip off the lift-served CPR ridge. There’s also some easily accessed backcountry and out-of-bounds skiing. But with a small effort to reach slopes beyond the top lifts, you’ll reap the powder rewards. The Super Bowl (a short bootpack to Terminator Peak) is a classic, while the Feuz bowl has rightly been described as “millionaire skiing”. With terrain this steep (45 degrees in places), the authorities rightly take their avalanche-safety very seriously.


Kicking Horse Snow

The quality of powder at Kicking Horse is often excellent. Kicking Horse has dry powder that is more typical of the Rockies powder found at Lake Louise and Sunshine. The northeast aspect is also pretty favourable to good snow conditions, and the snow off Whitewall is particularly tasty!

Not surprisingly, the quality of snow up the top of the mountain is generally superb, but considering the vertical, the snow below mid-mountain can be a little slushy, icy or somewhat bare. The snowfall stats also vary significantly, with an average season snowfall of 7.5 metres at the top and only 2.5 metres at the base.

Limited snowmaking facilities assist with the cover, and there are plans for additional snowmaking in the future.

Considering the snowpack and the steep faces at the top of the ski area, in-bounds avalanche risk minimisation is a significant undertaking for the highly experienced patrollers. The out-of-bounds backcountry areas are very avalanche prone and skiing in these areas requires significant precautions.


Kicking Horse Accommodations

The Kicking Horse village is reasonably small and very cute. There are various on-mountain Kicking Horse accommodations, some of which have the fantastic convenience of being ski-in ski-out or only a short walk. Cheaper alternatives are available down in Golden if you’re happy to catch the bus or drive up each day.


Resort Facilities

There are a few on-mountain eateries and it’s essential to spoil yourself at least once with lunch or dinner at the Eagle Eye restaurant, which is perched up on the mountain top. There are a few bars on-mountain, but there’s probably more action down in Golden.

The other Kicking Horse ski resort facilities are also fairly minimal, but very adequate considering the number of visitors. The amenities include equipment rental and a couple of ski and snowboard shops. The ski school has top notch instructors, so if you want to progress your skiing or snowboarding to ride those steeps, this is the place to learn.


Kicking Horse Heli Skiing

The Kicking Horse Mountain Resort slopes are not crowded, but if you want to completely get away from the “masses” and scores mountains of fresh tracks, you can head out heli skiing with Purcell Heli Skiing who are based out of nearby Golden. It doesn’t matter if you’re a heli ski virgin. Purcell Heli Skiing has packages that can cater for first-timers as well as those that are already completed addicted to the ecstasy of heli skiing.


Best time to visit Kicking Horse

These slopes are well known for that light, dry “champagne” powder, and the summits see an impressive average of seven metres (275") a season. This is the famous Powder Highway, and if you plan to spend most of your time on the expert terrain around the peaks, the slopes are likely to have a good dusting any time in the season.

That said, the snow below mid-mountain can be somewhat slushy or slightly bare in later months, considering the resort’s impressive vertical. There are plans in the pipeline for additional snowmaking, but for now we’d recommend intermediate and beginners come earlier rather than later. By February the temps are up above the minuses and the sun is often shining.


Families in Kicking Horse

With a number of ski-in/ski-out properties just steps from the learner’s area, and quiet, generally traffic-free trails, Kicking Horse is just what new skiers need. The Telus Winter Sports School offers a range of lessons, with everything from single hour one-on-ones to full day programmes for family groups. The Kid’s Club caters well for children aged 18 months to 5, and has been known to organise a “kid’s night out” for a bit of fun on a Friday. With activities like ice skating, ice climbing, tubing and trips to local grizzly bear, “Boo”, youngsters are going to have a great time here.


Group Holidays Kicking Horse

The experiences to be had on the Dogs Teeth aren’t the type you want to keep to yourself, making the Horse a great place for groups of strong skiing ability (and those who enjoy a little friendly competition). Ploughing through a powdery bowl you have all to yourselves is like owning a private mountain, and really has to be experienced.

Previously offering special rates on lift passes and lessons for groups of 15 or more, there are cost advantages too. Going the extra mile for groups, the resort here has even been known to put on fun-filled activities like private tubing parties.


Kicking Horse Apres Ski

In several ways, the Horse is actually still just a foal, and the village has a way to go until it reaches maturity. Still, there are just enough restaurants, pubs and bars to keep things interesting. It’s an unspoken rule that Peaks Grill is the first stop for après and crowds can be seen spilling out onto the terrace on sunny days. Whiskies on the patio at The Local Hero are another must after-hours experience. For food, one of the best of all, the Eagle Eye restaurant, is not at the base but perched up on the mountain top. While many mountain restaurants struggle to do both gorgeous views and gorgeous food, that’s not the case here, with the likes of truffle fries on the menu and “bird’s eye” views of 5 surrounding national parks.

If the mood for merriment takes you, there’s lots more action down in Golden with its pubs and clubs.

KHMR is quiet, but it’s certainly not dull and you can spice up afternoons with snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating, or even ice climbing, to get out and see the Kicking Horse Canyons and Yoho National Park. For an even bigger brush with nature, visit the local wolf sanctuary (to literally walk with wolves) or grizzly bear refuge, where orphan “Boo” is something of a local celebrity.

Transportation - Get In

Getting to Kicking Horse is not as difficult as many first time visitors expect. Kicking Horse is located next to the Rockies in the Dogtooth Range of the Purcell Mountains approximately 10 miles from Golden, British Columbia.


Airport Nearest to Kicking Horse

The most convenient destination for international travellers is to fly into Calgary, two and a half hours away by road. The Canadian Rockies International Airport is located in Cranbrook, British Columbia and has regular services from the US on Delta Airlines connecting in Salt Lake City.

There are also shuttle services available from Calgary International Airport (2 hours 30 minutes) and Banff (1 hour 30 minutes). There is a regular shuttle to and from Golden to the resort base during mornings and afternoons.


Airport Transfers by Bus

Greyhound Canada connects to all towns and cities over the country. See www.greyhound.ca for more information on bus schedules.


Driving to Kicking Horse

The drive to Golden is along the Trans Canada Highway, from the west through Revelstoke and Roger Pass or from the East through Calgary and Banff. Both directions offer stunning views of the Rocky Mountain's landscapes. Care should be taken driving along the steep switchbacks of Rogers Pass, particularly in challenging weather.

Calgary, Alberta - 265 km / 2 hours 30 minutes
Banff, Alberta - 140 km / 1 hour 30 minutes
Kamloops, British Columbia - 362 km / 5 hours
Vancouver, British Columbia - 711 km / 9 hours

Transportation - Get Around

f you’re staying in Golden, you’ll want to have a car, otherwise you’ll be desperately using ride-share apps to get a lift.

If you’re staying at Kicking Horse Resort lodging, it’s pretty easy to get around. Most of the lodging is within easy walking distance of the few restaurants, but you’ll probably want to wear snow boots and not your stilettos.

Accommodation & Hotels

Ski Area

Kicking Horse ski area offers high alpine bowl skiing that is the equal of almost anything in North America. Kicking Horse makes it easy to get spoiled skiing 4,100' laps all day without seeing more than a few dozen other skiers.

The alpine areas and bowls of Kicking Horse ski resort are more suited to expert skiers, who will appreciate the lack of crowds on powder days. The vertical in Kicking Horse is on par with the biggest in North America at 1,260 metres (4,133 feet). The only drawback of the fast, high capacity gondola is that it has no mid-station. If the snow quality is not as good at the lower elevations, you have no choice but to grin and bear it until you reach the bottom of the mountain. The Stairway to Heaven lift is the only other option and is a great short cut back to top of Redemption Ridge once the more accessible areas have been skied out.

It is important to note that many runs designated as 'single black' in Kicking Horse would be either double blacks or unmarked lines at other North American resorts. Be sure to inspect all the lines from below before plunging off into jagged rocks, especially in the couloirs off the ridges. Zones designated as permanently closed are to keep from skiers from triggering avalanches that run onto marked runs.

Beginner skiers have one main option from the top of the gondola - It's a Ten - a 10 km switchback trail. Otherwise, beginners are confined to a novice area near the village.

Kicking Horse is also renowned for its lift-accessed backcountry. Super Bowl lies on the other side of Terminator Peak, approximately 20 minutes hike from the top of the Golden Eagle Express. In the other direction, ski tourers may hike past Whitewall and Feuz Bowl to the more remote back country area of Rudi's Bowl.


Kicking Horse Beginners

The majority of the beginner terrain at Kicking Horse ski resort is accessed from the Catamount chair, for which you can buy a specially discounted learning lift ticket for this chair only.

Beginner skiers have limited options at Kicking Horse. The resort has a well-deserved reputation for off piste and big mountain free-skiing. The rugged peaks of the Selkirks are not ideally suited for novice ski trails, so it is unsurprising that Kicking Horse's novice options are limited.

Most of the beginner skiing is concentrated around the base area, where the Catamount fixed grip quad services a handful of green trails. Although this main beginner terrain pod is somewhat small, the trails are enjoyable and uncrowded.

Kicking Horse's longest run is also its premier beginner trail - "It's a Ten." This 10 km trail starts at the summit terminus of the gondola and falls 4,100' back down to the resort's base. "It's a Ten" is a fantastic beginner trail because it offers long views of the valley around every bend. It's the type of trail that a beginner feels a sense of accomplishment after completing. One top to bottom run might take as long as an hour for a beginner skier, so be sure to know your skill level before setting out. A great way to preview the lower portion of the trail is to take the Pioneer Double Chair to its top terminus. From there skiers can ski the lower quarter of the run back down to the base.


Kicking Horse Intermediate Skiing

Kicking Horse's intermediate skiing is on the more challenging end of the spectrum. Confident blue skiers will enjoy the resort's high alpine bowls. From the top of the Golden Eagle Express gondola there are options for intermediates wanting to see the views from the summits.

Sluiceway is a great blue run that runs from the easier entrance into Bowl Over right down to the bottom of CPR Ridge. There are plenty of cat track access roads which have signs pointing you in the right direction for the next blue run. If you can handle moguls some of the black runs in the lower mountain are a great training ground.

Cloud 9 runs from Blue Heaven into Crystal Bowl and merges with the road from the top of the gondola. The Northern Lights trail also runs down the middle of Crystal Bowl. These trails can either lap back to the Stairway to Heaven chair or keep descending down to Tail Spin and the other rolling groomers on the lower mountain such as Wiley Coyote. Take care with speed travelling over blind rollers.


Kicking Horse Expert Skiing

Expert skiers in Kicking Horse will have no difficulty in finding challenging terrain. Many single black trails in Kicking Horse would be designated double black or unmarked in many other ski resorts in North America and ‘permanently closed’ area signs must be respected.

Stepping straight off the Eagle Express gondola there is a field of steep glades on The Flying Dutchman, a great way to start powder days that may have poor visibility. This run links up to more steep runs towards the lower mountain such as Terminator, Liberty and Double Header.

For bluebird days you can ski the bowl down Think Twice on the other side of the ridge for an excellent warm up to the steeper terrain. This route links up with Bubbly and Euphoria and then down to the long, rolling descent down Porcupine. This route is a great opportunity to inspect the more complex lines off lower CPR Ridge. Be sure to use caution when choosing a line here, this zone has been used in numerous free skiing competitions.

Once you have had a good few laps on CPR Ridge you'll be looking for the next zone to get fresh tracks. Take the Stairway to Heaven lift once it is open and ski the steep glades on My Blue Heaven, lap back to the top and explore the dozens of line off Redemption Ridge into Feuz Bowl. From the top of the chair you can hike over towards The White Wall, which offers yet another network of steep and technical lines.

Pay attention to not hike into the permanent closure on the far side of this bowl, locally known as the 'no-zone'. All runs from Feuz bowl need to lap back to the Golden Eagle Express. The fast, rolling groomers such as Kicking Horse and Race Place ensure the ski down is more than filler between your alpine laps.


Kicking Horse Snowboarding

Kicking Horse's snowboarding offering are geared more towards the big mountain rider. Snowboarders who prefer mainly park skiing will be happier elsewhere, but the resort's legendary powder, chutes, trees and big mountain bowls create a massive playground with ample opportunity for big air that would put any park to shame...

Kicking Horse has allocated a small zone in the Catamount learning area for a terrain park . While the features are small, there is enough there to keep the park riders entertained while waiting for the higher lifts to open.

A new addition to the ski resort is the Hidden Nugget terrain features. These are constructed features built from trees or other natural obstacles that are made to fit into the flow of the ski run. Each feature is marked with a grading and they are great for jibbers looking for play areas on their way down the mountain.


Kicking Horse Backcountry Skiing & Off-Piste

Kicking Horse's high alpine bowls create an in-bounds backcountry skiing experience with many bowls providing excellent powder skiing just a short hike from the lifts. Perhaps more than any resort outside Jackson Hole, Kicking Horse has marked runs that can and should induce terror.

In keeping with the ski touring popularity of nearby Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse can be just a start point from anything from an hour of off-piste skiing at the resort boundary to a long, multi-day tour off-piste.

Terminator Peak is around 20 minutes hike from the top of the Golden Eagle Express. From the top of this ridge you can access the expert only lines of Glory, Truth, Dare and Consequence. These exposed double black runs are within the boundaries of the resort, but care should be taken due to the high amount of exposure to cliffs and slide paths.

On the other side of Terminator Peak you can drop into Super Bowl, known as a favourite 'slack country' area which only requires the initial hike up to Terminator Peak. There is a large zone that is permanently closed on the lower end of this ridge, look for the signs as you traverse and you will know when you must turn into the fall line. The ski out from Terminator Peak eventually traverses back to the resort.

On the other side from the top of the Stairway to Heaven you can hike up to Whitewall which is still in the resort boundary and skis into the enormous Feuz Bowl. You can hike further along the ridge from Whitewall until you drop into Rudi's Bowl. This area is considered remote despite the possibility to traverse back to the resort further down.

Avalanche safety equipment is essential and a mountain guide recommended for skiing off-piste. You should also check to make sure that snow conditions are suitable.

Ski lifts & pass


Kicking Horse Lifts

The main lift that spans most of the vertical of Kicking Horse Resort is the Golden Eagle Express Gondola. Unfortunately, the rest of the lift system is still in its infancy, and it’s difficult to get access to a lot of the expert terrain at the top of the mountain without hiking and traversing, and then skiing or snowboarding all the way down to the bottom to catch the gondola. There is the Stairway to Heaven chair at the top, but it’s slow and only provides access to one side of Crystal Bowl and Feuz Bowl.

There is also a magic carpet, another surface lift, and two smaller chairs that operate from the base. The Pioneer chair is a relic from many years gone by and is probably not worth riding. The resort has plans for new lifts in the future, but this is not likely in the short term.

Whilst the slopes are uncrowded, lift lines develop at the gondola, particularly on a powder day.

NameTypeCapacity (per hr)MakeYear Built
Golden Eagle ExpressGondola1,200Poma2000
Stairway to Heaven4 person fixed grip1,000Leither Poma2002
Catamount4 person fixed grip1,200Poma2000
Pioneer2 person fixed grip1,500Riblet1986
Pony ExpressSurface lift600


Lift Tickets

Lift tickets at Kicking Horse Resort used to be very inexpensive, but now they are comparable to the very high profile Canadian ski resorts. On the plus side, KHMR has a satisfaction guarantee with a snow check provided for any lift ticket returned within one hour of purchase.

LIFT TICKET PRICES

1 day adult CAD 79.95
1 day youth CAD 55.95
1 day child CAD 25.95

Activities & Things to do

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is one of Western Canada's premier mountain resorts offering world-class skiing and snowboarding in winter and amazing sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking in summer. Home to the highest elevated restaurant in Canada - the Eagles Eye Restaurant - Kicking Horse is a hub of activity surrounded by vast Canadian mountains and a world of outdoor adventure.


SIGHTSEEING

Take the chair lift to mid-mountain and explore the alpine terrain, visit the Grizzly Bear Interpretive Centre or marvel at the mountain bikers descending the nearby single-track. For those who need a little more adventure, ride the gondola up to 7700 feet and take in breathtaking scenery of the Columbia River Basin. The peak of Kicking Horse Mountain feels like the top of the world.


VIA FERRATA

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort's newest summer attraction is the "iron road" fixed route climb along a series of cables, ladders and bridges on the mountain's Terminator Ridge. With two routes to choose from - varying in length from 2 to 4 hours - there's something for everyone. And since you're clipped in the whole way, even novice climbers can give it a try.


HIKING

Ride the gondola to the mountaintop where a variety of hiking trails meander along breathtaking ridge lines. From the 20-30 minute CPR Ridge Walk to the more difficult 2-3 hour Terminator Ridge hike, and the 10km easy descent from the top of the mountain to the bottom, the terrain and views will inspire you with their rugged beauty.


MOUNTAIN BIKING

Ride through a series of challenging trails at Kicking Horse Resort's lift-accessible mountain bike park. With 3700 vertical feet to explore, there is something for every experienced rider including the 10km "It's a Ten" road from the top off the mountain to the bottom to berms, jumps, wooden features, rock slabs and singletrack. If you want to make the most of your biking visit, Kicking Horse Resort offers mountain bike lessons and clinics for a variety of skill levels.


GRIZZLY BEAR REFUGE

Located within the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort area, the Guest Information & Tour Center can be accessed by taking the Catamount Chair Lift up to the mid-station. Boo was an orphaned Grizzly Bear that now lives in the world's largest, enclosed, protected Grizzly Bear habitat. Multiple times a day, one-of-a-kind interpretive tours are offered where visitors can view a grizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. Tours run regularly during the spring and summer months.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The choice of bars and restaurants in Kicking Horse may be limited in comparison to Whistler, but there’s plenty of fun off the mountain and more apres ski bars and restaurants nearby in Golden.


Kicking Horse Apres Ski Bars

After a big day on the slopes head for Peaks Grill at the base, one of the most popular apres ski spots in Kicking Horse and invariably busy in a fun way. Enormous servings of nachos, tasty pizzas and a selection of micro brew beers on tap together with a sun-baked patio.

The Whitetooth Grill in the Daylodge has a bar with domestic beers on tap. Corks Restaurant has a great après selection of entrees and a comprehensive wine list. The Local Hero has a patio to enjoy one of their special malt whiskies.

In Golden you there is a selection pubs and bars, such as the Mad Trapper Pub, The Golden Taps and Packers Place Inn and Pub. All feature pub style food, pool tables and dance floors.


Kicking Horse Restaurants

You won't go hungry at Kicking Horse and typical of all Canadian ski resorts, prices are reasonable.

For casual yet elegant dining atmosphere, try Corks Restaurant located in the Copper Horse Lodge. With a constantly evolving menu and a comprehensive international wine list, the service at Corks is nothing short of exemplary.

If you are in the mood for a pub-style meal, the Highland Lodge features The Local Hero Pub, a Scottish-Canadian establishment with an attractive outdoor deck and great selection of malt whiskies.

Peaks Grill serves great après food and a delicious selection of pastas, pizzas and burgers. With 3 big screen TVs this is a great venue for sports enthusiasts to catch a game.

Sushi Kuma is the place for Japanese cuisine. A full menu with both Japanese and domestic beers, sake and traditional green tea make this a nice change from western foods on your holiday.

If you are looking for the high altitude dining, look no further than the Eagles Eye Restaurant at the top of the Golden Eagle Express gondola. Described as "Rocky Mountain cuisine with a French flair", the dishes, wine and amazing panoramic views will make this an unforgettable dining experience.


Golden, BC Restaurants

The Whitetooth Mountain Bistro on the main street of Golden has creative dishes as well as regional favourites. Game dishes such as Elk stew are popular.

Mannie's Curry Hut on 10th Ave offers daily lunch specials and dinner deals on Thursdays and Fridays. The restaurant is fully licensed and also offers delivery service to your accommodation.

For Italian and pizza dishes check out Panzorotties who specialise in Italian dishes but keeping to a casual North American pizza joint atmosphere, they are also licensed and offer a take-away and delivery service.

Eleven22 has an internationally inspiring menu and receives glowing reviews from locals and visitors alike. If you are looking for a steak dinner try Canyon Edge Steakhouse or the Golden Rim Gourmet & Steakhouse.


Kicking Horse Mountain Restaurant

Kicking Horse's mountain restaurant - The Eagle's Eye Restaurant - is the highest in Canada and serves up some tasty gourmet ski chow. The main Daylodge base at Kicking Horse has a cafeteria serving grill style food, sandwiches and snacks. All the amenities make this a convenient location to grab a quick bite before hitting the slopes or snacking between runs.

The pride and joy of the on mountain Kicking Horse dining experience is the Eagle's Eye Restaurant. Located at the top of the Golden Eagle Express gondola, this is one of the highest restaurants in Canada at 7,705 ft.

With a 360 degree panoramic view, beautiful chalet setting and a world class menu, the Eagle's Eye is a must for any visitors looking for a luxurious dining experience. The gondola occasionally runs late so the Eagle's Eye can serve evening meals and the facilities are available for weddings and other functions.

For an alternative stop while on the slopes try the Heaven's Door Yurt at the base of The Stairway to Heaven chair. This framed tent structure serves sandwiches and snacks and has a barbeque grill outside for burgers and hotdogs.

Shopping

Shopping at Kicking Horse or Golden won't entertain you for hours, but there are a few shops with ski and snowboard gear and clothing, and good souvenirs.


Golden Ski Shops

Selkirk Sports opposite the gondola is a small ski shop that sells a range of skis that you can demo with different binding set-ups. This Kicking Horse ski shop also sells backcountry equipment, lots of accessories, and good backcountry-type apparel from Peak Performance, Mammut and Arcteryx.

Kicking Horse Outfitters (near the kids’ area) has a good range of ski and snowboard accessories, mid-layers and a small range of outerwear. The Kicking Horse shop also sells a many souvenirs, or there’s a small outlet in the day lodge that sells an abundance of Kicking Horse souvenirs. KHMR branding is emblazoned over lots of items including t-shirts, fleeces, jackets, ski accessories, caps, stickers, beanies, mugs, pins, key rings, drinking bottles, hip flasks, shot glasses, soft toys, Spankies (cleaning cloth trail maps), cooking sauces and soft toys. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large array of ski resort souvenirs. Crazy!

In Golden, the 180 Mountain Sports shop sells backcountry gear and limited ski and snowboard outerwear.


Grocery Shopping

The general store in the Mountaineer Lodge at the base of Kicking Horse Resort sells basic groceries including fresh produce, toiletries, magazines, and sundries. The shop also has a good range of wine and other alcohol.

For substantial shopping needs, the prices are much better at the supermarkets down in Golden. One example is Sobey’s supermarket on the corner of the road to the resort.

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