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The Beauty Of Kicking Horse Mountain In 20 Photos

The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain in 20 Photos

“You’re skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain” my friend Judy says to me. “You do know it’s a big gnarly mountain, don’t you.” “Oh yes” I reply. “Last year I tried a run from the top and couldn’t see the tips of my skis for over half the run.”

So it was with some hesitation that I returned to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. I admit I was nervous. Usually I’m not a wimp but this mountain scares me with its high preponderance of advanced, super advanced and are-you-kidding-me runs. My goal apart from discovering the beauty of the area was to see if a middle-aged woman could find her groove and enjoy the mountain.

You can read my take about round two on the mountain on the piece I wrote for Snowseekers Can a Middle-aged Woman Survive a Trip to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort?

This blog speaks to the beauty of the mountains at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It’s raw and wilder than most. That’s a good part of the appeal. But it’s also a friendly mountain and there sure is a lot of local pride. I think you’ll be able to see why.

The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Early morning view of Kicking Horse from Highway 95 south of Golden
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Views at first light up the mountain from the inside of a coffeeshop
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
The Day Lodge at Kicking Horse
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
The Golden Eye Express gets you to the top of the mountain in short order; easier trails are mid-mountain and lower
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Stellar views from the gondola
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
The Eagle Eye Restaurant offers fine dining in the evening and more casual dining at other times – with killer views
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Trying to get the lay of the land
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Views from the top of the Golden Eye Express
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Notice the people on the cat track on the far right? They’re heading for the double black chutes via a boot climb
If you love moguls ski
If you love moguls ski “My Blue Heaven” off the Stairway to Heaven chair
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
If you’re crazy ski the Whitewall accessed via Stairway to Heaven; you can also boot hike up just for the views
These two are willing & excited to ski the White Wal
These two are willing & excited to ski the White Wall
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
I can hardly bear to look over the edge whereas my guide Nathalie is “chomping at the bit”
Nathalie pointing out the routes down
Nathalie pointing out the routes down
 Corduroy perfection off the Stairway to Heaven chair
Corduroy perfection off the Stairway to Heaven chair
Mountain view reflections caught in the goggles
Mountain view reflections caught in the goggles
The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos
Ski past the Boo the bear’s headquarters; he’s fast asleep and is not to be disturbed
Beautiful mid-morning shadows
Beautiful mid-morning shadows
Looking down the hazy Columbia Valley
Looking down the hazy Columbia Valley
On the edge of a steep hill - again
On the edge of a steep hill – again

The beauty of the early morning at Kicking Horse width=

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Where to stay near Kicking Horse

There are plenty of chain hotels in Golden like the Prestige Inn near the gasoline alley strip where you can get a good night’s sleep. (I stayed here and while not fancy more than adequate.) In Golden you might also like the Kicking Horse River Lodge, located across the street from the Kicking Horse River. 

If you want to rent on the mountain check out Lush Mountain Accommodation especially if you want your family all in one building.

Three higher end B&B lodges are withing one block of the resort –  Winston Lodge & Spa, The Copperhorse Lodge and Vagabond Lodge. I’d happily stay in any of them. 

Further reading on winter activities nearby

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The Beauty of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 20 Photos - located in Golden, BC, a 3 hour drive from Calgary

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Thanks Leigh for for a beautiful photo capture & “tour” of KH. My hometown & favourite place to ski. Hard to keep it a secret. Good on you for plunging into Feuz Bowl!

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