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Reviews for Kicking Horse
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All Mountain Terrain
I love this resort!!! There's just so much challenging terrain (generally under-graded:compared to many places the blues here = blacks elsewhere, the blacks = double blacks). In good snow periods, it's simply epic; and they get lots of snow. I don't mind hiking up to Ozone, Middle Ridge, T1 or T2... it's pretty much a compulsory part of the experience, and brings so, so much more terrain. Even when not hiking there's so many chutes to choose from. The locals say you have to pass the entry test to get into the chutes i.e. not be intimidated from going in. There's a reason why this place is on the Freeride Wold Tour!
If there's been a drought, it still may be good skiing on chalky snow, but some of those tight chutes get monster moguls and pretty scraped. On Alberta holidays, like Alberta Family Weekend in mid Feb. it's not worth going...it may take 45+ min just to get on the gondola.... Full Review
Kicking horse has the best, most challenging terrain in eastern British Columbia /Alberta area. Steep chutes that holds powder, drop ins, bowls, glades-awesome... Kicking horse limitation, one gondola, is also the best part. Yes, you need to hike to get to a lot of cool terrain (terminator one and two, Rudy's), so you can't do as many runs in one day as other places. And the top of the hill has the more interesting skiing vs the bottom. So long traverses... However, the fact that there is only gondola and you need to hike, means the good lines get skied less and the snow lasts longer and there are fewer people! So... I think it's awesome. Also golden is full of nice people and it's less expensive than golden because it's not fancy. Come here for the skiing and you will be happy. Beginner / low intermediate-not recommended! Even the blues here would be black at other mountains. Much better to go to Revelstoke or louise or sunshine... Full Review
Great terrain Locals are friendly, Steep skiing interesting hiking hard core skiers are rewarded for days after a dump You must hike to reach untracked powder. Top of mountain can only be accessed by base lift at mountain. On weekends this could entail slightly long lift lines. Couldn't find much good tree skiing forest is young and trees are tight. Grooming is almost non existent. Town of Golden is rough but interesting. Minimal night life and shopping Hotels are relatively cheap for a ski town. Locals are friendly.
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Having skied Whistler, Revelstoke, and all the Rocky Mountain Resorts This mountain has some of the best accessible steep terrain ( upper bowls w/ chutes) with less crowds due to its remote location and mostly expert terrain. Colder temps means less snow but less likely hood of rain. The limited lift service makes the hard core work for the powder turns and keeps the snow longer for those who are fit and don't mind small hikes to get the snow. The upper mountain can only be reached by one lift at the base of the hill. Making the Gondola lift a choke point when busy on the weekends. Golden is a working class town with a transient population that is rough but the long term locals are the best people. Hotels are affordable. Eating out is basic. Shopping minimal. Its all about the skiing! Incredible Terrain everywhere! For a strong skier this place is legitimate. ... Full Review
I have skied all over the states and the Horse and Rev in BC. I am always looking for powder and steep terrain. I have skied 4 days at kh. Every day excellent dry snow at top to mid. Mid down can get funky in the trees. But when it is good, it is excellent all the way top to bottom with pow all the way. If not, you ski the top 2500 feet in the pow and then take a cruiser down the rest of the way. The amount of inbounds steeps is nuts. Everything is 35 degrees and up
the hike to terrain is what makes this place awesome. Finding deep powder 5 days after snow is huge. One day, we hiked T1 and T2. That was all we did. 2 runs. 2 + hours each with hike and ski. 4000 + feet each of powder top to bottom. T2 was the best run I have had in 20 years.
I will take KH over Rev. Rev is good too. But twice, it has frozen overnight on us and it sucked hard. KH is higher and does not get the freeze or rain as often as Rev.... Full Review
I always love coming here, probably my favourite hill so far! ... Full Review
A Friendly Local
Great place to ski, but too pricey for a day pass! Ain't nobody got that kind of money these days :)
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Snow right now pretty good. Avy control closed of half the mountain, but once it opens pretty sick. Trees under the gondi nice and light. Lower half still needs more snow, and is pretty much closed... Full Review
steep powder. and lots of drops and fun stuff to hit. ... Full Review
For the serious skier this is some of the best skiing and riding in North America
Especially if you like hiking ... Full Review
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