Making my way towards the kitchen, I look out the third-storey window of our Palliser Lodge two-room condo. Kicking Horse’s famed steeps tower above us. A run glides past our door. At the foot of the slope, a mere few hundred feet away, stands a cozy base village where a small cluster of lodges and eateries frame the bottom station of the mountain’s summit-cresting gondola.
Kicking Horse is renowned for its steep and gnarly high-alpine chutes and its light, champagne powder—but the mountain is also rich in fun, fast glades and smooth, gentle groomers.
The resort offers 1,376+ hectares (3,400 acres) of skiable terrain with 1,311 metres (4,300 feet) of vertical (the fourth greatest in North American skiing), 120 runs, five lifts, and an average of 650 cm of snow at the summit. Everything funnels back to the base of the mountain—and glides right past our digs at Palliser—providing unbelievable big mountain access with minimal fuss.