When we went to Kicking Horse Resort the powder just kept on coming. With 17cms of fresh powder overnight, it’s hard to go wrong as you swish down the runs. Horses don’t seem to be synonyms with snow, but this particular horse, of the kicking variety, now does.
The thing that is unusual about Kicking Horse is it is really only accessible by one gondola. The gondola takes around 20 minutes and takes you far up to the top of the mountain. From there, there are two further chairs that are accessible. One provides access to a gnarly looking rock face and the other is further down, is only a two seater, and was closed when we were there. There is one chair at the bottom of the mountain, but this is the beginner chair and only takes you up a short distance. With the gondola being the only real way up to access the majority of the runs, this means the lines can get pretty long at the beginning of the day and after lunch.
The upside of the gondola access is that it means the runs are really long. Much longer than any other mountain I have been to. For this reason, you wonder why your thighs and shaking and knees are buckling after only “one” run. In actually fact each run is closer to two or three runs at another resort. I’m not one to rest on the way down, so needless to say, by lunchtime I was buggered. My favourite run of the day was Wiley Coyote. It had been left for me alone to tame its piles of deep snow drift. It was my happy place.
I hate to admit it, but I am a run counter. This is not a good quality to have at Kicking Horse. I usually aim for 10-15 runs at each resort that I go to, but unfortunately at Kicking Horse I was terribly short. If I multiply the number of runs I did do (5) by 3 (because that’s the equivalent at another resort), then I met my criteria. However, that would make me a cheat. Despite this, I don’t think there are enough hours in the day or muscles in my body to get me to 15 kicking horse runs. I’ll leave that for the pros.