Tucked among soaring peaks in the Rocky Mountains, Kicking Horse is all about big mountain skiing and champagne powder. Kicking Horse is also home to four alpine bowls and chutes that keep skiers exploring for days. More thrills? The surrounding heli-skiing terrain is seemingly limitless.
With an impressive ski-in/ski-out village, Kicking Horse rocks the après scene too, from cosy pubs to fine dining. Case in point: The Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is Canada’s most elevated dining experience, thanks to its lofty 2,346-metre (7,700-foot) perch.
Jul 1, 2018: “We enjoyed a one night stay in a one bedroom at the Palliser Lodge. Beautifully appointed master bedroom, with new mattresses, pillows and linens. There was a pull out couch, also was decent. The kitchen was small, but all we needed, furnished with a stove, fridge & dishwasher, plates, cutlery, etc. Nice sized bathroom. There is a hot tub by the back of the building, as well as a bbq. ”
Jun 30, 2018: “We went to hunt for a grizzly bear... and we saw one. First we went up the chairlift to the Grizzly Bear Refuge and took the tour. The guide was excellent with loads of information but Boo (resident grizzly) didn't show. However we then took the Gondola, which runs over the 20-acre sanctuary and we saw him in all his glory. The views then from the top of the mountain are phenomenal. Make sure you have a camera. Take a light jacket too as it was a bit breezy!!”
Jun 25, 2018: “Our Rockies guidebook author recommended the gondola ride at Kicking Horse over the other 5 summer rides in the Rockies (Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and one other that I forget), so we went there in early June. We bought the ticket that included both the gondola ride and the chairlift to the grizzly bear sanctuary. On the day we were there, there were very few other people--a relief after the crowds we had encountered in Banff and Lake Louise!--and we spent a very enjoyable morning. The ticket salesperson recommended that we go to see Boo the grizzly bear first because he typically took a nap in the afternoon, so we rode the chairlift up and immediately joined a tour in progress. One of Boo's caretakers explained Boo's background and history and gave us an in-depth understanding of grizzly bears and other wildlife in BC. Boo put on quite a show for us, too. Very enjoyable.
We rode the chairlift back to the resort and then took the gondola to the top of the mountain. The views were beautiful in all directions, but it was a little frustrating not to understand what we were seeing. More signs (as in the national parks) would have been helpful. This is clearly a skiing/biking resort, not really intended for sightseers. There is a restaurant at the top of the gondola, but we didn't eat there.
We didn't do any hiking or mountain biking--both possibilities at Kicking Horse--but the trails we saw looked like they might be fun.”
Jun 24, 2018: “Palliser lodge 1 bedroom unit with connecting studio suite perfect for family mountain adventure. I liked this in June as still not too hot, nice for hiking, flowers poking up and bees just getting going. Swallows returned. Hot tub a very welcome spot after hike. Staff helpful and friendly. Gondola ride worth it for the views alone. ”
Jun 19, 2018: “Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a classic modern skiing village but with a twist. We came out of skiing season and before the peak summer holiday rush and it was really quiet. KHMR is the home to Boo, a grizzly bear who has 20 acres of hillside to roam in. Unfortunately during our visit he was roaming elsewhere so we didn’t see him but the YouTube videos look fab!!!! Taking the trip up in the Gondola is a must. The views are to die for. We didn’t eat at the restaurant at the top but the food did look very good. The staff were really helpful and friendly all trip. ”
Aug 22, 2018: “This place is amazing. Great resort and even better rooms. All facilities are conveniently placed and very friendly staff. Rooms are cleaned very well. All in all, I would highly recommend this place, I will be returning for a ski in the winter!!”
Aug 23, 2018: “Very spacious rooms with new and extremely comfortable beds! Also nice public gym and hot tub faculties.”
Aug 26, 2018: “We enjoyed the visit here. Took the gondola ride up to the top and stumbled and slid round the peaks then headed down to take the ski lift up to see Boo. The talk was informative and interesting and we felt we learned something about grizzly bears.”
Aug 25, 2018: “Wild animals belong in the wild, not captivity, right? Right. Well in general that's what I think, but there can be exceptions to every rule and this is one of them. Boo should not be alive. Some dude thought it would be just great to pull up on the roadside and shot dead mum. Really brave move, and in doing so killed not just mum but her three dependent cubs. Thankfully Boo was recovered, the two siblings were never seen again but their hopes of survival without mum were zero.
Boo now spends the days in the Grizzly bear centre at Kicking Horse, and it is an enlightening place to visit. Clearly cared for with passion by the hugely experienced and knowledgeable members of staff, he roams a large enclosure that encompasses six natural eco-habitats from lower mountain to sub-alpine, so we're not talking about a small pen here! He is still a wild animal, one that has not been taught the maternal skills to survive in the wild, but one that is still wild enough to take apart caribou that might jump the wire into the enclosure.
Access is via the Kicking Horse gondola. 'Tours' run on the hour, but be aware Boo might be napping early afternoon, we visited late afternoon when Boo was active and visitor numbers lower. The term 'tours' is a bit loose, really it means one of the staff hands over to the other and starts talking about Boo and walking the fence within proximity of Boo. You might be right up there, or maybe just catch a tantalising glimpse of Boo in the undergrowth; it's not Disney and wild animals don't perform on demand. But you will learn a lot and as it's very informal you can join and leave a 'tour' as you see fit. Excellent.”
Aug 30, 2018: “While camping in Golden we wanted to go up the gondola for a walk about. We got there an hour before it was closing for the day. They charged the same amount as if we got there early in the morning. We had only enough time to go up, get out for 5 minutes and do it again!! NO half day rates. No 1 ride rates. Very expensive. Picture of the receipt. It was also very cold up there. Not dressed for it because the valley was quite hot. They didn't tell us. We saw the bear walking along the fence(looking for picnic baskets!).”
Aug 31, 2018: “Maybe if you are a skier this place is the cat’s a** ...
Expensive gondola ride to get up to the top and see.... well .... chairs.
Not too much going on at this place.”
Sep 2, 2018: “Ski lift ride up the mtn resort to where the refuge was built; Caretakers walk you thru a tour telling you the history of Boo along with Grizzly Bear facts. Boo is seen most of the talk/walk tour as he is treated with various goodies to be in the open where folks can watch his manners. Beautiful Grizzly and safe environment to see.”
Sep 20, 2018: “We spent 2 nights in the resort which was very quiet as it’s mainly a winter resort. Staff very helpful in hotel. Room was well equipped & large kitchen area including washer & drier. Whilst there we went on a ranger assist program to see Boo the rescued grizzly before the other visitors arrived. This was booked months in advance & definitely worth doing as Boo arrived to greet the 3 of us & the ranger & we saw him very close up.”
Sep 20, 2018: “We drove to the mountain resort specifically to hike in mid-September. You take their gondola up to the very top to get started. The gondola is not cheap, but the views from that high can be spectacular. All the staff we met were informative and super friendly. The gondola closes at 3:30 pm. There are seven (7) hikes to choose from. Rated easy to difficult so you have a range. There are not lengthy hikes and for a real hiker their time estimates are very generous. We happened upon a beautiful day with great pictures and fun hiking. We even got a chance to see their resident grizzly bear from the gondola. Plus, a marmot.”
Sep 7, 2018: “Loved the experience but very disappointed with the quality of food in the restaurant. I was looking forward to a great meal based on the price, the service was excellent but it was just 'good'. Everything else was worth the cost and time”
Sep 15, 2018: “Stayed one night as we passed through Golden on a golf trip.
This resort was exactly as advertised and we were very happy with the staff and accommodations.
Everything was excellent.
Highly recommend ”
Sep 7, 2018: “Stayed at the resort for a eight days. we had a two bedroom ground floor unit spacious, beautiful view of the mountains,with a huge patio. Friendly staff throughout the entire resort. Definitely a place to go back to. ”
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