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“Not as good as Revelstoke”

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Golden
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Kicking Horse has attracted rave reviews after just seven seasons for its awesome vertical, deep powder and spectacular terrain mix. With an express gondola accessing over 4100 ft (1260m) of vertical, you’re bound to ski and ride an impressive feat of terrain comparable to only that of heli-skiing. Coupled with summer activities such as mountain biking, wildlife education, and alpine sightseeing, this is a place where the stories are almost too tall to believe.
Stockholm, Sweden
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Not as good as Revelstoke”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Sorry Kicking Horse you dont match Revelstoke not only beacuse your runs are shorter and the snow not as deep but also beacuse you dont provide daily shuttle service down to Golden. So guests either have to spend their time up on the mountain lodges together with loud groups of youngsters and eat at overpriced and boring restaurants instead of spending the night down in the nice village of Golden. Shame!!

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Lift access to upper runs less than optimal and you have to run to bottom too often...where the gondola queue is off putting.

Visited March 2013
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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56 reviews
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“Great Expert Only Terrain”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great steeps, and chutes. Not great for those learning and families with younger children. The snow at the top of the mountain is usually good, but it can get quite icy at the bottom. Runs off the gondola can take 30-45 minutes round trip which means a typical day is between 4-5 runs. Still it's got amazing terrain not found anywhere else and is one of my favourite ski hills!

Visited March 2013
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Alberta
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111 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Love the Mountain”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I find the line ups are really long on weekends. They need to add more cars to the gondola or some high speed lifts.

Visited February 2013
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Bowen Island, Canada
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“A pretty scary place!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

It seems people either love or hate Kicking Horse, and that depends mostly on their level of skiing ability, plus the conditions of the days skied/boarded.

I certainly enjoyed some aspects of KH, but overall, there are some pretty insurmountable problems.

First off, the mountain itself is just not friendly. A big steep slab of Eastern exposure, topped by craggy ridges. Very difficult to site the lifts- the bottom to top gondola, while well designed and fast, ends mountaintop, has no mid mountain station- so any run commits you to a full 4000 foot vertical drop, and, in our case, sheet ice conditions on the lower half of the mountain.

There is one alpine chair lift that runs along a windy ridge, and descent from there, aside from one run, necessitates a nasty traverse along the top ridge.

Not that there isn't good terrain on the mountain. There are some wonderful bowls - Feuz Bowl and Bowl Over, but their access is extremely problematic.

As well, there are nice, steep, fall line groomers, like Blowdown or Bubbly, but again, in the variable conditions we faced, the lower reaches were solid ice.

The mountain signage is bad- no delineation between black and double black- and to me, many of the chutes and bowl entries rated a double. This is simply not acceptable for most skiers/boarders.

Also, there is a culture of disregard for warning signage. There were 'Avalanche Danger' signs with yellow polyprop. line strung, but many, many people were simply going under them. In fact, without doing so, about half the upper reaches would be unobtainable.

While the lower reaches of the mountain are more conventional, and there is intermediate terrain, the lifts servicing those areas are slow and one only open on weekends.

The day pass pushes $90 with taxes, and to me, unless there were dumps of fresh powder, the mountain isn't worth it.

Visited March 2013
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