Skiing & Snowboarding

Downhill Skiing and Boarding at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC
Kicking up champagne powder at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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Located directly between two of the top ski hills in the Rocky Mountains, accommodations in Field BC are ideally situated for skiers and snowboarders seeking out the freshest powder. With the world-famous hill at Lake Louise to the east and Canada's best kept secret, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, located just west of Yoho National Park discriminating riders can check the ski reports before the slopes open and head out early to catch a run on the hill with the most nightly snowfall.

Skiing at Lake Louise

World class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise
Hit the slopes and learn the ropes at Lake Louise.
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Photo: Henry Georgi

One of Canada's most popular ski destinations, Lake Louise's majestic scenery, varied terrain and long ski season have cemented its reputation as the Rocky Mountain resort of choice for decades.

Framed against the backdrop of thousands of square miles of untouched wilderness in Banff National Park, the Lake Louise ski hill is the ideal stop for the downhill enthusiast with an appreciation for life at the top.

Featuring a broad array of on-hill thrills in addition to daycare, concessions, and shopping, Ski Louise is perfectly suited for families who ski and ride together. Ski and snowboarding lessons are available at Ski School, and equipment rentals and sales can be found on site. Runs range from the smallest groomed bunny hills for beginners to double black diamond pro runs and extensive backcountry access high in the alpine bowls on the back side, accommodating skiers and snowboarders at every skill level. Lake Louise is host to a variety of pro ski and snowboarding events annually, from World Cup Downhill and Super G to the springtime big air Superpark competition.

World class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise
The Ski Louise day lodge.
Photo courtesy Ski Louise
Photo: Henry Georgi

Riders looking to catch some air or ride a rail can throw down at the Showtime Terrain Park, where tabletops, boxes, and rails are well-maintained and provide a variety of stunt possibilities for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Tabletops from 15 to 57 feet are set to let you fly, and rails from 10 to 40+ feet in length are to be found in abundance for serious jib jams. Two quarter pipes can be found on the pro line, and at 15 feet high, 55 feet wide, and 350 feet long the Super Pipe is aptly named and prime real estate for a high-flying halfpipe drop-in.

New to Lake Louise is the Grizzly Express Gondola, which lets skiers and snowboarders ride to the top in style.

The lengthy season at Ski Louise runs from mid-November through mid-May, so the most dedicated snow seekers can extend the season well into the spring.

Don't forget to check the Lake Louise Snow Report!

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Downhill Skiing and Boarding at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC
Airing out at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Photo courtesy KHMR

The combination of perfect powder, a cushy gondola ride right to the peak, and the highest vertical in the Canadian Rockies at 4,133 feet makes Golden, BC's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort a tantalizing target for anyone who loves the snow.

Under a deep blanket of champagne powder, the upper bowls become a haven for freeride fans that enjoy gliding through the glades. With 106 marked runs to choose from, including the 10km long It's a Ten!, skiers and boarders won't run out of exciting options. Coast to the summit in the Golden Eagle Express Gondola, which seats eight. Enjoy the assurance that the wind won't chill to the bone on the way up after working up a sweat on the descent.

Fine dining at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC
Expect a heightened dining experience at Eagle's Eye.
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Elevate your senses with fine dining 7,700 feet above sea level at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant, where the chef's specialties include Rocky Mountain game meats such as Caribou and Buffalo, west coast seafood favourites, and the use of a variety of native British Columbian ingredients to add a unique local flavour.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers a variety of children's programs that teach essential ski and snowboard skills and safety. Arrange for courses with qualified ski school instructors, or take a private ski, snowboard, or telemark ski lesson to rapidly improve your technique and learn new skills.

Check out the Kicking Horse Snow Report!