West of Golden in the Dogtooth range of the infamous Purcells, the Kicking Horse resort ski area has 120 runs over 2,800 acres served by five lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 4,460 feet. With an average annual snowfall of 288 inches, the Kicking Horse Resort is well-known for it's challenging terrain including over 85 inbounds chutes to explore.
From the top, either drop into Bowl Over (which looks like a prime avalanche chute to me!) or into Crystal Bowl with wide open glades. If you choose Bowl Over, stay high in the glades and take speed into the flats to avoid a hike out. Then stay high right and run the glades along the southern boundary. If you choose Crystal Bowl, stay high to either hike up Blue Heaven for untracked pow or to catch the open glades at the tail end of Blue Heaven without hiking. Stay left through the trees to run the uncrowded northern boundary, but make sure the Pioneer Lift is running to avoid a short hike back to the gondola. If you haven't been to Kicking Horse in a few years, make sure to checkout the recent expansion into Rudi's Bowl with 660 acres of predominantly intermediate snowboarding.
If you are looking for some serious inbounds terrain to explore, try hiking south from the main gondola over to Terminator Peak and on over to T2 Bowl. There are numerous double black diamond runs with over 3,000 feet of descent. Also, check out the 3,000 foot descent off Molar Ridge.
There are limited amenities at the base lodge and no apres ski at the mountain base. All accommodations are back in Golden (14km away) and there are a couple friendly local bars (like Mad Trapper for apres ski). For nightlife, try the Road House, especially on Mondays.
Overall, Kicking Horse Resort is the 12th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 27 snowboarding resorts in British Columbia.
Local Contacts: Kicking Horse (250) 439-5425; Golden Tourism (250) 344-7155; Columbia Forest (250) 344-7500; British Columbia Visitors (800) 435-5622; Selkirk Sports (250) 344-2966.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: Marys Motel (250) 344-7111
Luxury Loding: Alpine Meadows Lodge (250) 344-5863; Kapristo Lodge (250) 344-6048; Eagles Eye Suites (866) 754-5435
Breakfast Restaurant: Turning Point; Norbert & Doris Bakery Cafe
Reference Source: click here https://kickinghorseresort.com/
GPS: 51.2979, -117.048758
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 1/29/2019
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