Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has a number of fantastic summer attractions and a variety of ticket products to help you make the most out of your time at the resort.
GRIZZLY BEAR REFUGE
This ticket will give you access to the Catamount Chair lift which takes you to the Grizzly Bear Refuge located on the lower mountain. The chairlift runs from 9:45am-3pm, and takes about 15min to get from the base to the refuge. The interpretive tours are 45-60mins long, run every hour on the hour except for 12pm and 1pm. (Guided Tour times: 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm). Guests with a GBR ticket can access the refuge and ride the Catamount chair all day and may stay at the refuge for as short or long as they like during operational hours. GBR tickets can be upgraded to include access to the Gondola and hiking/sightseeing/Restaurant at Guest Services.
This ticket will give you access to the Golden Eagle Express Gondola which takes you to the Summit of Kicking Horse Mountain, where you will find the Eagle’s Eye restaurant (The Sightseeing ticket is not a guarantee for dining at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. Seating at Eagle’s Eye is not guaranteed without a reservation) and the Kicking Horse hiking trails. The Gondola ride up is approximately 18 minutes each way and runs between 10am and 3:30pm. Eagle’s Eye restaurant has limited open hours and reservations are highly recommended, find hours of operation and make a reservation online here. The hiking trails at Kicking Horse all begin from the top of the gondola, and range in difficulty and length of time. Find more information about our hiking trails here. If your plans for the day include a hike as well as visiting Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge, be sure to allow yourself ample time to ride each lift, complete your hike/sightseeing activities and give yourself at least 45min at the refuge. We recommend a minimum of 3hrs to experience both attractions; Sightseeing tickets can be upgraded to include access to the Grizzly Bear Refuge via Catamount chair at Guest Services prior to 3pm; plan to be on the gondola back down the mountain by 2:30pm to allow time to catch the last tour at the Grizzly Bear Refuge.
This ticket will give you access to both the Catamount Chair lift to the Grizzly Bear Refuge and the Golden Eagle Express Gondola for hiking, sightseeing and the Eagle’s Eye restaurant. A minimum of 3hrs is advised to make the most of this ticket. The Adventure pass is only available for purchase until 2pm to ensure guests have time to attend all the attractions included in this ticket product. Please review our example itineraries below:
3 HR MORNING
Start your day with a scenic, open air ride up the Catamount Chairlift (15min) and visit to see Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge. Morning tour times are 10am and 11am and are approximately 45-60min long. Following the tour, hop back on the Catamount Chairlift back to the base. Once at the base, head over to the Golden Eagle Express Gondola and ride to the summit (18min). Choose from a variety of short hikes, listed below, ranging from 30min to 1.5hrs return. If your time allows, make a reservation at the Eagle’s Eye restaurant for a post hike beverage and/or snack, you’ve earned it. Your gondola ride down, when you’re ready, will be approximately 18 minutes.
3 HR AFTERNOON
Start your afternoon on the Golden Eagle Express up to the Summit (18min). Choose from a variety of short hikes, listed below, ranging from 30min to 1.5hrs return. If your time allows make a reservation at the Eagle’s Eye restaurant for either a pre or post-hike bite. You’ll want to be on the Golden Eagle Express Gondola back to the base by 2:30pm at the latest to get on the Catamount Chair up to the Grizzly Bear Refuge (15min) to catch the last guided Refuge tour at 3pm. The last ride up on the Catamount Chairlift to the Refuge is 3pm. Following the tour (45-60min), you’ll download on the Catamount Chair back to the plaza.
SUGGESTED SHORT HIKES
30 - 60 Minutes
Included with your Via Ferrata Tour is an Adventure pass for the day. This ticket will give you access to both the Catamount Chair lift to the Grizzly Bear Refuge and the Golden Eagle Express Gondola for hiking, sightseeing and the Eagle’s Eye restaurant, (Seating at Eagle’s Eye is not guaranteed without a reservation).
If booking a morning tour, 10am Ascension or 11am Discovery, you will want to take advantage of the other attractions after your Via Ferrata. The last guided tour at the Grizzly Bear Refuge is at 3pm, so you will need to down load on the Golden Eagle Express Gondola (approximately 18min ride to the plaza) by 2:30pm at the latest, once at the base head over to the Catamount Chairlift and catch your ride up to the Grizzly Bear Refuge (15min ride to the Refuge, last ride up is at 3pm) to catch the last guided tour at 3:00pm. The guided tours are approximately 45-60min; once complete, you’ll download on the Catamount chair to the base.
If booking an afternoon tour, 1pm Discovery or 2pm Pioneer, you will want to take advantage of the other attractions beforeyour Via Ferrata. We would recommend arriving at KHMR for 9:30am, signing in and picking up your adventure passes for the day; plan to load the Catamount Chairlift at 9:45am (15min ride) to take advantage of the first guided tour at the Grizzly Bear Refuge (10am). The guided Refuge tours are approximately 45-60min long. Following the tour, you’ll hop back on the Catamount chair to the plaza/gondola base (15min). From there, you’ll have time to have a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in the Plaza, or head up the Golden Eagle Express (approximately 18min ride to the summit) to the Eagle’s Eye restaurant for an early lunch (reservations are highly recommended). You’ll meet your Via Ferrata guide at the top of the Gondola at your Tour time.
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