First off i have to say Kicking horse mountain resort is a newly developed ski resort that is up and coming and so far really great.
We attended a wedding at the top of the mountain and it was truly the most incredible views and location for a ceremony. The gondola allowed access for everyone and anyone can enjoy the views and some easy to complex hiking if you desire.
I would absolutely recommend this resort location for a beautiful wedding ceremony, special event or anyone that wants to do hiking or mountain biking. There is an awesome grizzly bear refuge right under the gondola so you can often see the bear underneath you on the ride up.
We rented a spacious one bedroom condo in the Palliser lodge.
The building itself was fairly new. Checking in was very hard to figure out, we had to drive back down and around to a lodge four buildings away to check in which was confusing and not convenient and there are no staff in this building to point you in the right direction.
The front desk service was ok but other than check in or check out, we never saw a staff member in 3 days.
This is a condo type getaway so there is no housekeeping service or front desk and the lodge we stayed in only offered one small pool and no other amenities. The beds were also not at all comfortable and the linens and towels were all on the poor quality, scratchy side.
Also, you have to walk down the hill to the little village to get any food or otherwise.
The couple restaurants we did go to were great overall though and they do offer a little of everything in this village.
If you are looking for a private condo style stay, this resort is suitable and i would recommend a hot tub room. If you prefer a coffee shop or available staff or any hotel type services, you should stay in the mountain lodge itself which is where we checked in at.
The condo lodge was average, however Kicking Horse Resort village overall is one of the most incredible mountain getaways i have experienced. The hiking trails are so well laid out and the whole mountain experience was fantastic. I hope this resort is able to develop more soon, perhaps add some camp sites or other services. There was a mountain biking competition on the go and lots of people had to tent it in the gravel parking lots as there were no other options.
I woud highly recommend renting a house instead of a condo for a big group. Every house up there is a brand new incredible estate style chalet and the 3 homes our families were staying in were all absolutely stunning and affordable for a big group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2006, the Palliser Lodge is well situated in one of the area’s premier locations, boasting spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and ski slope activities. The Lodge, just walking distance to the Gondola base at Kicking Horse Mountain, ensures quiet enjoyment while maintaining the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain. Other features include: private hot tubs, full kitchens, exercise room and underground parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palliser Hotel Golden