Kicking Horse is a winter mountain playground with something for everyone. To be totally honest, the reality is there is more for advance and expert skiers than there is for beginner and intermediate ability. That said, if you fall into the latter categories do not be too quick to take Kicking Horse off your bucket list — as it does have its share of gentle groomers, ensuring the on snow experience works for all standards and aspirations.
WHY KICKING HORSE?
It is a true big mountain experience.
The “Horse” as it’s fondly termed, enjoys well deserved rave reviews for incredible verticals, deep ‘champagne’ powder and a truly spectacular and unique terrain mix. Yes, Kicking Horse is highly regarded for its outstanding glade skiing, steep and deep terrain, and some rather gnarly chutes. As the resort rightly boasts, it is a place to ski to believe, with extraordinarily long downhill runs. Add, the option to heli-ski, Kicking Horse is a place you should visit at least once in your skiing or boarding lifetime.
And for the non-skier in your group, the resort has one of the best jaw dropping views and dining experiences in Canada. Nowhere else can you ride a single gondola right to the summit, where you’ll see 360 degree views including the absolutely stunning the Rocky Mountains.
There is a small, and we mean small village at the base of the resort, with a variety of accommodation of all standards. Many visitors opt to stay downtown in Golden, 8.5 miles (14 km) away, and do the daily 20 minute ski shuttle up to the ‘hill’.
FUN FACT- Grizzly Bear Refuge
Every resort needs a mascot or furry friend, right? Who would have thought, it could be a grizzly bear? Allow us to introduce you to Boo, the resident grizzly who calls Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, his home — the largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat in the world. Within this 20-acre natural mountainside habitat, Boo hunts, plays, forages, and explores just like his wild cousins.
Admittedly during the winter, Boo is fast asleep, hibernating in his winter lair. To see him, you will need to come back in summer to visit the Interpretive Centre, to observe an adult grizzly bear going about his daily routine.
Trademarked as the Champagne capital of Canada, Kicking Horse lives up to its reputation with the light dry powder snow.
The Resort is situated in the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia, and lies between two mountain ranges — the Columbia Mountains (consisting of the Selkirk and Purcell Ranges) and the Rocky Mountains. It is because of this location the ‘Horse’ lives up to its reputation with the light dry powder snow usually only found further inland.
Usually receiving 24.5 feet (7.5 m) of snow on average per season at the summit, and sometimes down to 8 feet (2.5 m) at the base; you may experience a variety of snow conditions. There are limited snow-making facilities, as mother nature reliably delivers the goods.
The fourth highest vertical drop in North America. Amazing fresh powder dumps blanket the rugged Selkirk and Purcell ranges; along with the OMG jaw dropping majestic mountain scenery, set Kicking Horse apart as one of the most exceptional ski resorts in British Columbia, hands down.
The Kicking Horse skiing terrain consists of four large bowls (Super Bowl, Bowl Over, the central Crystal Bowl, and Feuz Bowl) that combine about two-thirds of the way down the mountain where the terrain flattens out somewhat to intermediate and then beginners’ slopes.
You will love the easy access to alpine ridges and bowls, where you will quickly understand why this resort is the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada.
Kicking Horse Lifts
The resort only has only four chairlifts, one of which is solely for beginners. The Golden Eagle Express gondola, is the main lift at the resort, giving you a single vertical ride to the summit, and the Eagle Eye Restaurant.
Further down the mountain it flattens out to advanced and intermediate terrain, and then mostly beginners’ territory.
Unfortunately, the rest of the lift system is still limited, and you need to hike and traverse to access some of the expert terrain at the top of the mountain, before skiing or snowboarding all the way down to the bottom to catch the gondola again. 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.
For the less experienced, there is also a magic carpet, another surface lift, and two smaller chairs that operate from the base. The Pioneer chair is almost a relic from many years ago. 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 during the busy holiday peak periods. Other times, you will have the “Horse” to yourselves.
Snow How — How Does Kicking Horse Compare to Revelstoke?
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort are often compared to one another. As they are close to each other, and both part of the Powder Highway. Although different they are similar, with both boasting significant vertical pitch and powder dumps. The Kicking Horse lift infrastructure might not be quite as good as that at Revelstoke, but some will argue the snow quality and terrain are much better at KHMR. Steep open bowls, well gladed trees and dry powder – absolutely perfect.
Our advice – visit both.
For the Beginner
This mountain will be ok for beginners, when travelling with advanced skiers. You would not come here on your own, as a beginner. There are plenty of other BC resorts that would be better suited to learn to ski. The beginners’ terrain is at the base of the mountain with reasonable progressions from the surface lifts to a chair lift.
Another green option is the 6.2 mile (10 km) run known as “It’s a Ten” — that starts at the top and weaves its way down to the base. It’s a great opportunity for beginners to gain access to the magnificent views at the top, but this run is probably suited to very confident beginners. We cannot stress enough; The Horse is really a mountain for the intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders. Be warned, this run is more like a trail, and has quite a drop off either side of the trail which may be intimidating for beginners.
The pitch of many of the blue runs is a little steeper than some other Canadian resorts and could be classified as “dark blue”. There are about a dozen long fall line runs for intermediates, but not all are groomed, and some are accessed via green runs. For stronger intermediates, the run, My Blue Heaven (a black run) off the Stairway to Heaven chair is sometimes groomed and the steep fall line skiing is a favourite. Again, we reiterate for beginners and intermediate groups consider other resorts — such as Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Big White that have lots of options for all levels of ability.
Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding
Many of the black runs at the Resort are very steep and superbly challenging. They are relatively easy after recent snowfall, but if it hasn’t snowed in a while the black runs can be covered with waist to shoulder high moguls. Be warned!
Expert Skiing and Snowboarding
Hardcore and expert skiers and boarders will be in your element at Kicking Horse. There are many in-bounds chutes and steep lines available within the bowls and ridges. The couloirs vary in tightness, so if you don’t want to scare yourself unnecessarily with super narrow chutes, there are also wider chutes. Guiding is available, and this is a great way to experience some of the best couloirs without the fear of going over a cliff.
RESORTS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES (RCR)
Kicking Horse is part of the iconic group know as the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies — including Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Nakiska in Alberta, and Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec.
Furthermore, RCR joined the Epic Pass alliance at the beginning with the 2018-19 winter season. This alliance entitles Epic and Epic 7-Day pass holders seven days and Epic 4-Day pass holders four days of skiing or snowboarding respectively, with no blackout dates at the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. Add to that, 50 percent off lift tickets after the seven days have been redeemed.
Satisfaction Guaranteed — Kicking Horse has a satisfaction guarantee with a snow check provided for any lift ticket returned within one hour of purchase.
Compared to other resorts in the interior of British Columbia, such as Big White, SilverStar or Sun Peaks, the Kicking Horse village is relatively small and definitely low key. If you are looking for ski-in/ski-out Kicking Horse can accommodate you with a limited variety of mid-range and more luxurious on-mountain accommodations. You can literally walk around it in a few minutes. The town of Golden, just a 15 minute drive (8miles / 14km) provides a broader choice of cheaper alternatives, serviced by a regular bus service to the resort.
There are a few on-mountain eateries, however head down into Golden for more choice. The village amenities are adequate but not extensive considering the number of visitors. This is no Whistler or Vail village. You will find the usual essentials – ski school, equipment rental and a couple of ski and snowboard shops.
Après ski festivities and nightlife on the mountain is low key, but a must do is to take a trip up the gondola to the Eagle Eye for an après sunset drink with a view. There is a lot more après action downtown, however do remember, this is a country town, not an urban oasis, and the après reflects this quaint, historic town feel.
Kicking Horse Resort has fantastic expert and extreme terrain, and the perfect powder playground for those looking to be challenged. This resort is a little off the radar, and you’ll find fresh tracks pretty much every day. We’d recommend you include Kicking Horse as part of a multi-resort holiday, travelling along the Powder Highway including another one of our favourites, Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
We would recommend for your first visit to Kicking Horse to allow at least 3-4 days to truly explore this amazing resort. Book Now!
The Kicking Horse river was named in 1858, when James Hector, a member of the Palliser Expedition, reported being kicked by his packhorse while exploring the river. Hector named the river and the associated pass as a result of the incident.
From the summit, on a clear day, you can see the mighty Columbia River in the valley.
The on-mountain options in the village at Kicking Horse Resort are reasonably small but there are some great deluxe options, including condos, hotels, and town houses. Many of the on-mountain Kicking Horse lodging options are ski-in ski-out or just a short walk to the slopes. If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option you can stay in the town of Golden, a 20 minute drive, 8 miles (14km) away and catch a daily shuttle to the mountain.
Our pick of accommodation:
- Glacier Mountaineer Lodge — on-mountain, luxury, steps from gondola,
- Palliser Lodge — on-mountain, luxury, ski-in/ski-out
- Copper Horse Mountain Lodge – on-mountain, 10 room luxury lodge
- Best Western Mountainview, Golden – family rooms, downtown
- Holiday Inn Express, Golden – downtown
- Canyon Ridge Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, 15 minutes drive
- Backpacker hostel
#1. Kicking Horse Resort has fantastic expert and extreme terrain.
If you’ve been skiing or snowboarding at Kicking Horse Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada already, there’s a good chance that you’ve been kicked by the horse! Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has a great reputation for being hard core and many an expert has been humbled here due to the challenging chutes and glades. Kicking Horse Resort cites 45% black runs and 15% double-black diamond runs, although some of the single black diamond runs would be considered double blacks elsewhere.
The peaks at Kicking Horse Ski Resort were once only available to lucky heli-skiing guests, and now everyone, on any budget, can access this extraordinary terrain. Ski Kicking Horse for the significant vertical of 1,260m, which is one of the longest in North America, and you will feel it in your legs.
#2. Eagle’s Eye Restaurant — Canada’s Most Elevated Dining Experience. Take a gondola to the top of the mountain and discover Canada’s most talked about culinary experience and the crown jewel of resort dining. No visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is complete without this quintessential mountaintop dining experience. Each season Eagle’s Eye will also play host to several special dining events, such as our Winter Dinner Series, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas. For a very special occasion, a stay at the Eagle’s Eye suite comes complete with a private chef, butler service, guaranteed first tracks in the morning and some of the most staggering majestic mountain views on earth. A bucket list item for sure!
#3. The champagne powder snow – they didn’t trade mark it is the Champagne capital for no reason – boasting the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, the raw ruggedness of this mountain, along with the ever amazing always-fresh powder, this place is worthy of champagne celebrations. The sheer beauty of the pristine scenery set Kicking Horse apart as one of the most exceptional ski resorts in British Columbia, hands down.
#4. Inbounds for powderhounds – The further the hike away from the lifts, the fresher the tracks, and the new in-bounds Super Bowl is a classic. There are also some easily accessed out-of-bounds and backcountry skiing such as Rudi’s Bowl. As to be expected with the steep terrain, proper avalanche safety precautions are required, and the patrollers are fairly strict with the policing of this.
#5. Do a heli-skiing day trip. This is one resort, where you can easily access some of Canada’s best heli-skiing terrain as a day trip, making it a more affordable approach to heli-skiing or snowboarding. Purcell who are based in Golden, have massive tenure and powder options aplenty; with twice as much snowfall as Kicking Horse. They offer single day packages from 5 runs or join a group. We recommend Purcell Heli Skiing trip, and can assist with your heli ski travel arrangements.
|Kicking Horse||#Total Trails||Beginner||Intermediate||Advanced||Expert|
There are more than 85 inbound chutes. Check out the trail map.
|Lower Mountain||4263 ft / 1300 m||200 in / 252cm|
|Mid Mountain||5646 ft / 1722 m||140 in / 360cm|
|Alpine Snow Stations||7049 ft / 2150 m||256 in / 650cm|
|Summit Snow Stations||8033 ft / 2450 m||296 in / 750cm|
|Kicking Horse||24 ft||730 cm|
TERRAIN: RESORT AREA
|Kicking Horse||3486 ac||1410 ha|
4314 ft / 1315 m – the fourth highest vertical drop in North America
Longest Run: 5 mi / 8 km
|Summit Elevation||8218 ft / 2505 m|
Bottom of lowest chair
|5646 ft / 1722 m
3900 ft / 1190 m
|Vertical Drop||4314 ft /1315 m|
NUMBER OF LIFTS:
The Dawn Mountain Nordic Ski Club, operates one of the finest Nordic centres in British Columbia, with 33 km of track-set skiing, snowshoe loops and an incredibly homey and warm timber frame club house, right at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Download trail map.
The Golden Golf Course has 6 km of classic trail close to Golden’s downtown core. These trails are groomed on an as-needed basis and provide the perfect opportunity to “get out” when you don’t have time to go all the way to Dawn Mountain.
Night skiing via a magic carpet for novices is available at the Kicking Horse Plaza base area only.
SEASON DATES & OPENING HOURS
Kicking Horse is usually open from December to April each year.
WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION:
9.00 am – 3.30 pm Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays.
If you’re looking to ride the terrain park or half-pipe, then Kicking Horse is not the mountain for you. The resort has allocated a small zone for a terrain park in the Catamount learning areas.
Situated on the British Columbia Powder Highway in Canada, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located 8.5 miles (14km) outside the logging town of Golden. It’s about a 3 hour drive 170 miles (275km) from Calgary, and is about 93 miles (50km) west of Banff Alberta, and 102 miles (164km) northeast of Revelstoke.
FLY: The closest international airport to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is the Calgary International Airport, (YYC); a good 3 hour winter drive 181 miles (292 km) from Golden along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway 31. It provides multiple daily commercial flights to and from many regional, national and international destinations.
Another great option is Kelowna international Airport (YLW); located in the Okanagan Valley, some 4.5 hours south west of Kicking Horse. The good news is you could plan a road trip and spend a day at Revelstoke on your way. It’s a decent 4 hour drive in winter conditions, some 102 miles (164 km).
Some visitors might like to consider flying into Cranbrook, (YXC) British Columbia – is 3 hours south of Golden via Highway 95, some 162 miles (260 km) through the heart of the Kootenay Rockies. The upside of this airport access is you are literally a stone’s throw from Kimberly Alpine Resort 18 miles (29 km), and close to Fernie 60 miles (96 km). Cranbrook is very much a regional airport.
If you want the ultimate road trip, start or finish from Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It is a full days’ driving, covering 457 miles (735 km), and gives you lots of opportunities to really create a skiing or boarding multi-day road trip.
DRIVE: Self-drive is the most common mode of transport to Kicking Horse, particularly if you want to take in other Powder Highway ski resorts. Car rentals are available at Calgary or Kelowna Airport. From Calgary, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 westbound for approximately 2.5 hours. We can recommend the spectacular scenery along the drive between Lake Louise and Golden through the Yoho National Park. Once you reach Golden, Kicking Horse is 8.5 miles (14 km) up to the mountain.
Airport shuttles are available from both Calgary and Kelowna. Contact us for bookings.
In terms of linking a ski trip to other nearby resorts, Kicking Horse BC Canada is 58 miles (94 km) west of Lake Louise, 93 miles (150 km) west of Banff, making it an easy day trip.
The Powder Express provides daily ski transfers between Banff/Lake Louise and Kicking Horse. The bus departs select Banff/Lake Louise hotels in the morning, and arrives in Kicking Horse for epic powder on the steeps and chutes. The shuttle heads back to Banff and Lake Louise after enjoying a full day at the resort.
Further afield, you will find Panorama Mountain Resort 95 miles (152 km) south-east of Kicking Horse; and 210 miles (338 km) north-west lies Fernie. Kicking Horse is some 102 miles (164 km) east of Revelstoke; 231 miles (371 km) east of Sun Peaks; 206 miles (332 km) north-east of SilverStar; and 252 miles (406 km) north-east of Big White Ski Resort. Kicking Horse is nestled between the Rocky, Purcell and Selkirk Mountain ranges.
SNOW HOW: Travelling between Golden and Revelstoke you may need to allow time for avalanche control work around the Rogers Pass section of the Trans-Canada Highway. This is a notorious stretch of road, with extremely dangerous driving conditions in blizzard conditions. Before embarking on this section of your drive, check the latest information about road conditions, closures, travel advisories and webcams available on Drive BC.
TELUS Winter Sports School
Like all Canadian ski resorts, Kicking Horse has a strong ski school of suitably qualified CSIA snow pros. Because this mountain is challenging, we would definitely recommend an investment in lessons, if you want to progress your skiing or snowboarding to a higher level, and take the opportunity to learn to master the steeps. This is the place to learn.
Consider their Big Mountain Centre programs – geared towards those wishing to progress and push to your limits. Sign up for a Big Mountain Tour 90 minute clinic or go all out with a private Big Mountain experience. Not cheap, but worth the investment.
Kicking Horse have a vast selection of improvement lessons and programs. Here are a just a few: –
|Big Mountain Tour||Never been to Kicking Horse? This is the clinic for you! Built for skiers and riders visiting Kicking Horse for the first time, and looking for a sharper introduction than what the Mountain Hosts provide. This product is recommended for ability levels 4-6.|
|Rippin’ Betties Ski & Snowboard Camp
|This 2 day clinic is designed for women only freeski camps taught by top female instructors. For women looking to boost their confidence on off-piste terrain & learn some tricks to explore expert terrain. Includes lunch at Eagle’s Eye on final day! This product is recommended for ability levels 5-6. Ages 19 & Up|
|Family Private lessons||Create great family memories while improving skills and spending quality time together. Enjoy undivided attention from your own instructor that guarantees your family the ultimate mountain experience on your own terms.|
|Big Mountain Snowboard or Ski Lessons||Premium big mountain lesson experience with top snowboard instructors. Includes lunch at Eagle’s Eye on the final day.|
Daycare: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Kids Club offers daycare services to children from 18 months to five years of age. Located at the base area of the resort, makes the child care centre really easy to access before skiing, or at the end of your day on the mountain.
For 3-5 year olds you can add on a private one hour ski lesson, and go skiing or snowboarding for the day.
Kids group lessons are for ages 6-12.
Ride like a local and rent the right gear for The Horse.
Do not bother with the extra hassle of lugging along your old skis. Make your visit more enjoyable by renting the latest gear. As conditions and your skills change, so should your equipment.
At the village base, you will find a fully equipped repair shop, as well as providing a good range of quality and high performance skis and snowboards suitable for the mountain’s conditions. Brand names include Rossignol, Dynastar, Head and Burton. The Centre also has snowshoe, telemark and x-country ski packages available.
If you are contemplating heli skiing at Kicking Horse – you’ll need fat skis. Here’s the story on how fat skis first came into being.
Not a high priority at either Kicking Horse or Golden however, there are a few ski and board shops in Golden for gear and clothing, including back country equipment and essentials; along with the usual obligatory branded souvenirs.
After a day on the hill at Kicking Horse, then you can justifiably head to the day spa at Winston Lodge for a massage.
The general store in the Mountaineer Lodge at the base of Kicking Horse Resort sells basic groceries including fresh limited produce, toiletries, and a range of wine and alcohol. If you are needing to do a decent shop, you are much better to head to the one of a few supermarkets in Golden.
|Limited retail stores with apparel and equipment for skiers and snowboarders, clothing, gifts and souvenirs||√|
|Equipment hire and rentals, and repairs – skis, snowboards, snowshoes, telemark gear, helmets||√|
Kicking Horse Restaurants
There are just a few cafes and restaurants on the mountain, all at the base, except for Eagle’s Eye at the summit, amd The Heaven’s Door Yurt near the base of the Stairway to Heaven chair is open over lunch hours for a casual lunch or quick snack. The outdoor fire pit is a good place to warm up.
For a more substantial meal, head to Copper Horse or Glacier Lodge for a meal, or the Winston Lodge for pub style offerings. Make no mistake, there is no real après scene to speak of.
There is more of a nightlife scene down in Golden with an old mining town feel, and lots of stories from the locals to hear at one of the pubs. There are also lots of dining options in Golden including traditional steak houses, international restaurants and cheap fast-food outlets.
You haven’t done Kicking Horse until you’ve had either lunch or dinner at the spectacular summit restaurant, The Eagle’s Eye. Majestically crowing the summit of the resort, it is accessible via the gondola, and the views are spectacular.
Non-skiers can purchase a pedestrian pass to head up the Kicking Horse gondola to enjoy the fabulous views and enjoy a wonderful culinary experience at the Eagle Eye Restaurant.
SNOW HOW: In the depths of winter, remember the days are short, with sunset as early as 3.45pm, so factor that in with timing for Eagles Eye après sunset or dining experience.
Here are a few of our favourite on-mountain activities: –
|Telemark Skiing||Freeheel Trails offers telemark ski instruction at Kicking Horse. Choose lessons from 2 hours (minimum) to a full day. Book online.|
|Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing||Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre offers 33km of cross country trails. The day-use Nordic chalet is located about 1km from the gondola, where you can pay trail fees, get equipment rentals, or even a lesson.
Interweaving the Nordic trails are snowshoe trails (rentals available at the Nordic centre) and fat biking is another possibility.
|Heli skiing||Skiing or snowboarding at Kicking Horse is the perfect warm up for heli skiing. Purcell Heli Skiing are based in Golden, boast a huge heli tenure|
|Cat Skiing at Chatter Creek||We’ve skied with Chris, who is a regular guide at the cat skiing as well as one of the head ski patrollers at Big White Ski Resort. Comforting thought! This operation is slick. It is the largest cat skiing operation in the world, near Golden. Chatter Creek Cat Skiing provides phenomenal 3, 4 and 5 day powder skiing holidays.|
|Ski guiding and Avalanche training||Adrenalin Descents offer backcountry ski guiding, sled skiing tours, custom back country tours and daily off-piste guiding from the resort. Avalanche skills training is also on offer, usually in the Dogtooth mountain range of Kicking Horse Country & the Selkirks.|
|Get Married!||You will be on top of the world with your marriage vows taken at Eagles Eye. A spectacular backdrop is assured.|
|More information regarding these and other activities, available here.|
|Tubing and Ice Skating||Located in the heart of the Kicking Horse Plaza, with access by the Jelly Bean surface lift, is a mini ice skating rink and tube park, Tubing is free for children up to 12. Night skiing via a magic carpet for novices is available.|
|Northern Lights Wolf Centre & photography tour.||Visit the Northern Lights Wolf Centre located a little out of Golden. One for the kids for sure.
The Centre offers daily interactive wolf walks where visitors can embark on a leisurely hike with some furry members of the Northern Lights Wolf Pack.
|Snowmobiling||Guided snowmobile tours for groups of all sizes, to provide the ultimate sledding experience.|
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE?
December to February: Low: -12°C / 11°F High: -5°C / 23°F
March to May: Low: -8°C / 19°F High: 5°C / 42°F
WHAT IS RESORTS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES?
Proudly Canadian, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) is the largest private ski resort owner/operator in North America, owning six ski resorts across Canada including: Nakiska Ski Area in Alberta; Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia and Mont-Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec. In addition to the company’s ski resorts; RCR also owns and operates a number of accommodation properties, golf courses and a central reservation agency.
IS Kicking horse mountain resort Part of the international EPIC PASS PROGRAM?
Resorts of the Canadian Rockies—Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham—Join the Epic Pass
- The iconic Resorts of the Canadian Rockies—Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Nakiska in Alberta, and Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec—join the Epic Pass beginning with the 2018-19 winter season in a long-term alliance.
- Epic and Epic 7-Day pass holders will receive seven days and Epic 4-Day pass holders will receive four days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, and 50 percent off lift tickets after the seven days have been redeemed.
- Epic Pass holders can go direct to the lift with their pass at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and bypass the ticket window.
- RCR season pass holders, including RCR Rockies Pass, Fernie Season Pass, Kicking Horse Season Pass, Kimberley Season Pass, Mont Saint Anne and Stoneham Season Pass holders will receive 50 percent off lift tickets at all Vail Resorts owned mountain resorts.
“Resorts of the Canadian Rockies is delighted to join the Epic Pass, and along with Whistler Blackcomb, offer the best of Canadian skiing and snowboarding,” said Tom Rosner, vice president of marketing and sales of RCR. “We are pleased to partner with Vail Resorts, the industry leader, as the Epic Pass features the best resorts at the top ski destinations around the world. We look forward to start welcoming Epic Pass holders to all of our resorts next season.”
Perhaps best known among the RCR family of are Kicking Horse and Fernie, located in the southeast corner of British Columbia on the legendary “Powder Highway”. Both Kicking Horse and Fernie are consistently ranked among the top 10 Canadian resorts as ultimate playgrounds that cater to powder hounds with their abundant annual snowfall and big mountain skiing. Kicking Horse, also known as “The Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” is situated just outside the charming historic logging town of Golden and boasts a diverse mix of expert and extreme terrain and one of the longest vertical drops—4,133 feet—in North America. Home to the World Freeride Tour, the ski resort is known for its four large alpine bowls, 85 long steep chutes and short lift lines. Fernie features over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain and 3,550 vertical feet, including 142 trails, five alpine bowls. Have a reputation for the best powder in the Rockies, Fernie is a true winter playground for skiers and riders of all levels.
Following are the benefits for Epic, Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day pass holders, as well as RCR season pass holders – RCR Rockies Pass, Fernie Season Pass, Kicking Horse Season Pass, Kimberley Season Pass, Mont Saint Anne and Stoneham Season Pass.
- Epic Pass™: Epic Pass holders will receive a total of seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at RCR. Once the seven days have been used, pass holders can get 50 percent off additional lift tickets at RCR. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic Pass offers full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia, with no blackout dates. The Epic Pass also provides limited access to Telluride in Colorado; Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy; and Hakuba Valley in Japan.
- Epic 7-Day Pass: Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days of skiing or snowboarding at RCR with no blackout dates as part of their seven total days on the pass. After the seven days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 50 percent off additional lift tickets at RCR. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic 7-Day Pass features a total of seven days with no blackout dates at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Telluride, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin, plus seven additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain.
- Epic 4-Day Pass: Epic 4-Day Pass holders will receive up to four days of skiing or snowboarding at RCR with no blackout dates as part of their four total days on the pass. After the four days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 50 percent off additional lift tickets at RCR. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic 4-Day pass features a total of four days with no blackout dates at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, BeaverCreek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Telluride, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin, plus four additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain.
- RCR Season Pass Holders: RCR Rockies Pass, Fernie Season Pass, Kicking Horse Season Pass, Kimberley Season Pass, Mont Saint Anne and Stoneham Season Pass holders will receive 50 percent off lift tickets at all Vail Resorts owned mountain resorts.
- RCR RESORTS NAMED IN SKI CANADA MAGAZINE 2016 BEST OF SKIING AWARDS
- Best Place to see the Light for Eagle’s Eye
- Best Highway for the Powder Highway
- First Kick of the Horse for opening in November
- New Pickup Line for Purcell Heli Skiing’s pick up at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
2012 World Travel Awards – Finalist Canada’s Leading Ski Hotel