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Resort Guide 2017: Kicking Horse, BC

The fourth longest vertical drop in North America, varied terrain, and bone-dry powder.

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Photo Reuben Krabbe Skier Lucas Wachs

Acres: 2,800 | Vertical: 4,133’ | Snowfall: 295” kickinghorseresort.com

High alpine bowls separated by knife-edge ridges converge midmountain at Kicking Horse, a raucous BC resort that sits about eight miles from Golden. Claiming the fourth longest vertical drop in North America, Kicking Horse promises varied terrain and often bone-dry powder. “It’s more of an advanced skier’s mountain, with lots of gullies, chutes, and couloirs,” says Golden local Yannik Schulz.  “But Golden’s pretty laid-back. We’re just here for the fun.”

Can’t-Miss Run: On a powder day, stoke your confidence on Feuz Bowl, far looker’s right on the mountain, where the terrain is mellower than its black and double-black diamond labels. Then shoulder your boards and hike 20 minutes to Super Bowl between Terminator and Terminator 2 Peaks. “It feels like you’re in Alaska,” promises Schulz.

Resort Bite: Experience an unforgettable tomato and bacon sandwich at Double Black Café, directly across from the gondola at the resort base.

Stay an Extra Day: The resort’s new Big Mountain Clinics offer personalized instruction that breaks the mountain’s more challenging terrain into manageable steps.  —Rachel Walker

From the Early Winter 2016 issue.

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