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Kicking Horse and Panorama


Do those pre-ski trip squats and get ready to say “Wow” at every turn: You’re going to very big mountains with jaw-dropping scenery, champagne powder, days of roomy intermediate cruising, and awesome expert challenges. Located in the majestic Purcells, Kicking Horse (3,500 skiable acres) and Panorama (nearly 3,000 skiable acres) each deliver a continuous vertical rise of more than 4,200 feet (greater than any ski area in the USA), with spacious alpine bowls, well-groomed boulevards, double diamond adventure, and a mix of contemporary condo-hotels and big mountain homes at the base. At both mountains, guided heli-ski operations depart steps from the lifts, flying skiers and boarders to untracked powder in the surrounding big mountain wilds.

Go Deeper: Ski Kicking Horse and Panorama in One Trip

  • Airport: Canadian Rockies International (YXC) in Cranbrook, BC
  • First Stop: Panorama
  • Bonus: Add small group heli-skiing with RK Heliski onto your Panorama experience. Book well ahead.
  • Second Stop: Kicking Horse
  • Bonus: Add boutique heli-skiing with CMH Purcell onto your Kicking Horse experience. Book as far as one year ahead.
  • Total Driving: 580 km / 360 miles (~6.75 total hours)


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 cozy pubs to fine dining.

Photo: Zoya Lynch


Intimate, accessible, friendly, and laidback, Panorama has long been a favourite ski destination for families. The snowfall is dry and the days are sunny and warm. Here, 135 runs stretch across nearly 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain with panoramic views of the Purcell and Rocky mountains. Panorama’s charming village is home to Canada’s largest outdoor slope-side hot pools, and the adventurous can go heli-skiing right from the village base.

Photo: Kari Medig


Boasting more acres than California, Washington State, and Oregon combined—with most of it mountainous—BC is better than your average ski destination. But we don’t like to brag. Come and ski for yourself, and discover our adventurous spirit and big-mountain talents.

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