by: samspector - 19th October 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
difficulty, chutes, expert terrain, amazing skiing, huge, nice gondola
its a pain getting there, no easy terrain

Full review

I visited kicking horse during the 2007 season and it was the most amazing skiing of my life. I've skied everywhere from squaw valley to stowe to alta and this was by far the most enjoyable. anyone looking for the thrill of a lifetime should definitely come to kicking horse. just know that the skiing here is only for experts if you want to get the most out of it They do have some easier skiing below tree line, but the real experience is off the two ridges, cpr and redemption. any run on any of these ridges will be unbelievably steep, lots of powder, great pockets and tons of cliff opportunities. a thrill junkie cannot go wrong here. i would have to say its the most expert terrain accessible by lifts in north america. also, its definitely worth the hike up to terminator to ski either one of the three inbounds runs or drop off the backside for an amazing powder experience. The mountain runs around the two main ridges and skiers right side of the ridges consists of very very steep tree skiing. Skiers left is chutes, chutes and more chutes. some of the earlier chutes on the ridge get more skiied off so generally, the further u work your way down the ridge, the more hidden snow you will find. Some sort of guide, at least for the first day, is recomended because certain runs have mandatory cliffs and such that are not exactly marked. This is the best mountain for skiers looking for the best chutes, steeps and cliffs in north america. try and plan your trip around a good snow fall but i went when there was littel fresh snow and it was still amazing (better than squaw and it snowed 9 ft the week before i went to squaw and 7 while i was there)
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