Powder Highway Giants
Pack your big mountain boards and sense of awe: You’re headed to the Powder Highway’s king and queen of big mountain vertical, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke.
Revelstoke tucks between the Monashees and Selkirks in the snow-deluged heart of BC. With 5,620 vertical feet (the greatest in North American skiing) and 3,000+ acres, the mountain is known for its thigh-burning pitch, abundant tree skiing, powder mania, and slopeside sleeps. Meanwhile, the 100-year-old downtown—the hub of Canadian helicopter skiing—is lively with coffee culture, craft cocktails, newly hip motels, and all-Canadian diversions like five-pin bowling and hockey games.
From Revelstoke, it’s up and over Rogers Pass—a renowned ski-touring zone—to Golden, where Kicking Horse sits atop the Purcells like a crown jewel. Known for uncrowded bowl skiing, stunning vistas, champagne snow, and vertiginous steeps, the mountain delivers its adventurous sprawl (4,460 vertical feet across 3,500 acres) with a low-key vibe and just a few lifts. At the base, a slopeside mini-village supplies the essentials alongside ski-in lodgings ranging from studio condos to luxury homes. Twenty minutes away is unpretentious Golden, the gateway to five national parks.
Go Deeper: Ski Revelstoke and Kicking Horse in One Trip
- Arrival Airport: Kelowna International (YLW). Make advance arrangements to drive your rental car one-way to Calgary (YYZ).
- First Stop: Revelstoke
- Second Stop: Kicking Horse
- Depart: Calgary International (YYC)
- Total Driving: 647 km / 402 mi (~7.5 total hours)