Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has joined RCR (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies). The sale of the British Columbia ski area in Golden closed last week just before the New Year. But don’t worry: for those planning ski trips to Kicking Horse this winter, it’s business as usual.
Ballast Nedam, developer of Kicking Horse, sold the resort — one of the newest in the Canadian Rockies. During his ownership, Nedam developed the ski area into a four-season resort with the Eagle Eye Restaurant, the Golden Eagle Express gondola, and real estate. The resort has a high reputation among advanced skiers for its challenging inbounds terrain (60 percent of its 2,800 acres), but added the new Learning Centre this winter to accommodate families and beginner skiers. It also recently gained approval from the Province for its 40-year development plan.
Kicking Horse has expanded its attractions for beginners and families with its new Learning Center this winter. Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Resorts of the Canadian Rockies purchased Kicking Horse to expand its holdings in the area, specifically in the Purcell Mountain Range. “Kicking Horse has great quality snow and lots of it,” RCR Vice President Matt Mosteller says. “It’s a vertical leader with outstanding terrain.”
Kicking Horse receives 650-700cm of snow (250-275 inches) annually in its alpine and summit elevations. More than 370cm has already fallen this winter, and one inbounds avalanche released Dec. 30 in Fuez Bowl. The resort's 1,260 meters (4,133 feet) of vertical, the most vertical of the ski areas in the Canadian Rockies, contains 85 inbounds chutes. The resort is located 2.5 hours west of Calgary.
Kicking Horse joins other western mountain resorts in the RCR family: Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, and Nakiska. “We now have the biggest vertical and most snow in the Purcell Mountains with Kicking Horse and the most vertical, most ski runs, and most snow in the Canadian Rockies with Fernie,” adds Mosteller. “This gives us two leading ski destinations in Canada and creates the premium powder skiing destination on the Powder Highway of British Columbia.”
RCR plans to honor all passes sold for this winter at Kicking Horse, along with all joint agreements. All existing ski packages will also be honored. For next year, the new ownership no doubt means inclusion in RCR passes.
Kicking Horse village area offers lodging at the base of the resort. Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Kicking Horse is still offering several lodging specials for this winter. An Alberta Family Week Package that includes five nights of lodging with four days of lift tickets starts at $135 per person per night, double occupancy. Midweek packages—with three nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets and rentals—starts at $75 per person per night based on double occupancy. Find more packages here.