Kicking Horse resort was our 5th stop through the Powder Hwy this January during my young family's 6 week Canada skiing holiday. (Wife and 2 yr old boy). We have been so excited to finally get here, after all our sons nickname was "Kicking Horse", as he was true to his namesake from womb to now......
However, following major research and planning to get to all our destinations on the trip, I left very disappointed in a few aspects of the management and resort.
Upon arrival to the resort, we were advised that the daycare facilities on mountain had been condemned, of which I was super pissed off, as this put much pressure on how my wife and i would ski together. After further research, we were given names of staff who are qualified for child care etc. We did pay some half day nanny rates and the 2 girls we used were great and very helpful and prices were fair also. Amy at reception of the venue we stayed on mountain (Glacier Mountain Lodge)was lovely and very supportive, by offering her services as well. The accom and position etc was excellent all round...
The girls that did the child are for us for some half days said they worked at the child care and 1 week prior to resort opening, they themselves were informed that it was condemned etc, so not sure what management was doing in the summer, except maybe the numbers, as all feedback from locals and staff was that they are suffering, and the resorts down 50% on numbers this year.
Also, I one other big disappointment was that there is no town shuttle at all, like every other resort we have visited. This again was previously mentioned on website. The cab fare is $45 one way, ($90 round trip) and as we are on a 6 week trip we only had a car hire for Fernie, as there's no point paying a car fee when it sits in a car park for 90% of the time. We used greyhound between Banff, Revelstoke, Golden and Calgary to much ease, comfort and cost.
Now BC, it s very casual which I love, but like myself most staff would hitch in or out of town each day. I don't think that's a good look for the resort at all, even though I did it successfully as I had to get groceries for my wife and child.
Not that I'm a fan or my knees could do it, the website still has a terrain park listed and my mate travelling with us also was extremely disappointed that there wasn't one.......?
Now in regards to the mountain, like any mountain you want to be there when it snows, and unfortunately like many before had told me, the horse doesn't seem to get as much as others and it didn't snow more than a couple of centre meters in 8 days which is out of everyone's control, but extremely disappointing. The runs are very challenging and hardcore in a lot of ridges and as a boarder, they good stuff and the tress runs were hammered and icy.
I'm a passionate powder boarder, and I spent most days on the groomers, which was still fun and ok. My wife is intermediate and she enjoyed all the low mountain wide groomed runs.
I would love to be there for a dump, but alas not this trip.
So, overall, p,entry of potential and a great terrain that needs more snow in general. I would not go there again with family, or very unlikely until they evolve or management builds for the future.
I go to Canada or USA every January for skiing and I wouldn't book here again, but if I was at Fernie or Revelstoke and the horse got a dump, I would get there for some good steep shuts and fun big bowls. Not a place I would book in advance though, due to the above reasons.
Hope this helps...
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