Inside Line: Local tips on the best spots at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Inside Line: Local tips on the best spots at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a world-class destination where the mountains are a lot bigger, the powder a lot lighter and the smiles more than just a little wider. “The Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” includes 2,800 skiable acres, 4,133 vertical feet, four alpine bowls, 128 runs and 85 inbounds chutes. You can get next level at Kicking Horse. It boasts tons of natural features to send it off of and a litany of steep drops and pillow lines. After a small hike, you can feel like you’re skiing out of bounds and that’s where you can always find some great hidden stashes.


1. People don’t come to the Horse to ride the same old thing. They come for the differences and Kicking Horse has plenty. Step aboard the Golden Eagle Express and get whisked up 4,000 feet to the top of the western ridgeline, where your adventure begins. On a powder day, drop into CPR South for fluffy snow and sheltered lines. Then, head over to Terminator or Double Header and reload.

2. Work your way down CPR ridge, scouting the north side. Drop into one of the many rocky, gnarly and iconic chutes (Tunnel Vision, Boxcar or Spur line). CPR North is a gem for chargers, featuring cliffs, spines and wind lips.

3. From Crystal Bowl, ride up the Stairway to Heaven chair and then hike up to the legendary Whitewall, featuring long, clean spines. Feutz Bowl, named after a Swiss mountain guide, offers a unique variety of leeward slopes, cornices and glades. Check out the Red Light District from Redemption Ridge.

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The steeps here are no joke. Image courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

4. Back on top of the world, swing by the award winning Eagle’s Eye Restaurant and enjoy the best view from a bar stool in Canada. Grab a bite, along with a specialty coffee and get ready to explore the southern bowls.

5. Here you are, on the short bootpack to Terminator Peak. Soak in the views of five national parks; the possibilities are endless, from the Signature Truth, Dare and Consequence (north aspect) to the Terminator South face filled with an infinite number of gullies, berms and rocky ledges.

6. At this point, most first timers are already soaking in their hot tubs, relieving those muscles. Cap off the day at the top of Terminator 2, immersed in golden light, and gently launch on Crazy Legs. Spice it up with Wild Card or Unnecessary Roughness.

For more, visit www.kickinghorseresort.com

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