The off-piste is the main focus in Kicking Horse, but there are enough less scary slopes to keep intermediates happy too...
The high slopes accessible from Kicking Horse get about 7m of snow in an average season. That's not a huge amount compared to resorts such as Fernie, for example.
However, it's the quality of the snow that counts here: Kicking Horse is ideally situated to produce light, dry powder that is a joy to ski or snowboard through.
Of course, that doesn't mean it's always easy. Even many advanced skiers and snowboarders will find some of the marked, but generally unpisted black runs - which make up a massive 45% of the runs in total - tough.
But don't be put off. Gung ho experts are not the only ones who can ski here. Further down the mountain, the terrain flattens out to provide lots of slopes that intermediates can manage, while there are also several green runs at the bottom for beginners.
Resort height: 1,190m The mountains
Whatever your ability on the slopes, however, the big drawback to Kicking Horse is the small number of lifts.
The system is improving, but Kicking Horse's eight-person gondola is the only real way to access the expert terrain at the top. And as you might expect, the queues for this lift can get pretty long at busy times.
The steep nature of the terrain also means avalanches are common. So whatever you do, remember to only head off-piste with the proper equipment - and ideally a local guide.
It is a two and a half to three-hour drive from Calgary airport to Kicking Horse...
In Canadian terms, that's a pretty short transfer from an international airport to which you can take a direct flight from the UK.
With its fluffy snow and high percentage of black runs, Kicking Horse is ideal if you like it steep and deep...
There is less fun to be had here for beginners and intermediate level skiers and boarders, though.
Kicking Horse boasts spectacular views and “Canada's Highest Dining Experience”, but offers little for non-skiers and party animals...
The après-ski is not great in Kicking Horse - probably because the people who come here are mainly more interested in preparing for the next day's skiing or boarding than downing the beers. Anyone looking for some after-hours action should therefore head to the larger town of Golden, which is about a 10-minute drive down the road.
Restaurants too are fairly thin on the ground in resort, although you should try Eagle Eye, which is perched up on the mountaintop at the top of the gondola and serves lunch and dinner alongside incredible views.
You can try your hand at snow-shoeing, tubing (sledging) or snowmobiling in Kicking Horse. Ice climbing is also available. This is a skiers' resort though, and if you go with a group of serious skiers or boarders, you will soon be sick of hearing about their powdery adventures.
Cost of living 6/10
The relatively small number of lifts in Kicking Horse can lead to complaints about the price of the ski pass. However, prices for food and drink, for example, are low compared to those in many European resorts.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
If you like being in the middle of nowhere, then you will love Kicking Horse. The remoteness of the spot is one of the first things to hit you as you gaze up at the huge, rugged mountains swathed in blankets of white.
The resort itself is one of the newest in British Columbia, but still has a quaint, old town feel.