November 18, 2018

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Kicking Horse Summer

Mountain Biking

Kicking Horse is open during the summer and known for it’s downhill mountain biking accessed by the Golden Eagle Express gondola. Kicking Horse provides the longest descent in Canada for mountain biking and Kicking Horse is an official Professional Mountain Bike Association Training Center (PMBI).

Hiking at Kicking Horse

Step off the Golden Eagle Express Gondola, and walk into a mountain- top of adventure. Experience spectacular ridge walks and hikes, take flight with Purcell Heli-Hiking for remote above timberine hiking or simply find yourself in the tranquil alpine setting staring into the Purcell Mountains. Stop by the Eagle Eye Restaurant at the top of the gondola for a celebratory beverage after an alpine experience. We always remember what Ellen Miller, one of our Board of Advisors member and two times Mt. Everest summiteers (two different routes) says: “the higher you get, the higher you get.”

Grizzly Bear Refuge

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is home to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. This is where resident orphaned grizzly bear Boo lives and plays. Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to view a grizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. Held multiple times a day throughout the summer season, these tours are educational and interactive, allowing guests a unique opportunity to view this incredible animal and learn about the plight of this endangered species. The Refuge is accessible by chairlift with a short walk to the Interpretive Center. The Refuge is open daily and guests are welcome to stay as long as they wish. Interpretive tours run hourly throughout the summer season.

Kicking Horse, The Future!

Chairlifts are planned for access of bowls on either side of the current ski area boundary. In total 9 lifts will be built under the current master plan by build out. This will expand the skiable area to 4,000 acres. The mountain village accommodation will also be expanding.

Golden, B.C.

At the bottom of the road to Kicking Horse lies the town of Golden, B.C. At the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse Rivers, Golden was a logging and railroad town until word of it’s scenic beauty and most recently, opportunities for adventure sports, began to quietly circulate. Make no mistake, Golden, B.C. is not a ‘tourist town’. It is peaceful and unspoiled by resort development. Golden was built in the Rocky Mountain Trench, at the confluence of two rivers and surrounded by three mountain ranges. It is bordered by five national parks: Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Glacier and Kootenay. Think about it, 3 mountain ranges, 5 National Parks, a quiet and peaceful town, what’s there not to like? Outdoor activity possibilities are massive!

Golden is located on the Trans Canada Highway a little under 3 hours from Calgary.