Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Opening Day Friday December 12th 2008

December 9th, 2008, Golden, BC…. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort opens for the winter season this Friday, December 12th with great alpine ski conditions including 70 / 106 runs.  The Golden Eagle Express, Catamount, Stairway to Heaven and Tube Park carpet are all scheduled to open with more terrain opening over the course of the weekend.

“Our safety and operations team have been working hard since the first major snowfall in mid-November preparing for our scheduled opening day” says Steve Paccagnan, President and General Manager at Kicking Horse. “We are confident of providing a quality alpine ski product and eager to premier some of our summer grooming improvements including the glading on Redemption Ridge.”

Over the past weekend KHMR received 23cm of fresh snow making a 92cm snow base at the Dogtooth Snow Plot (located at the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven Chair).  The forecast from Environment Canada is looking promising with more snowfall anticipated over the course of the week.

70 / 106 runs are scheduled to open on Friday Dec 12th with 90 / 106 runs planned to open on Saturday Dec 13th including all three alpine bowls at KHMR.  Great conditions can be found in the alpine with early season conditions lower on the mountain.  Public are asked to respect all posted closures to ensure the mountain safety team can prepare more terrain for opening.

KHMR will be extending a 10% discount to day use tickets and the Mountain School will be offering a 10% discount on select programs.  Day tickets will be on sale for $60.30 (plus tax / adult).  Please note discounts do not apply for Snowmax card holders or any other discounted ticket offer.

Be in the line-up on Friday morning to take part in the Dave Duncan charity gondola auction.  KHMR is auctioning off the first gondola of the season with proceeds going to support Golden’s own 2010 Skier Cross Olympic hopeful.  As well, don’t miss out on the opening weekend Comedy Festival happening Friday and Saturday Night.  Tickets on sale now!

Visit www.kickinghorseresort.com or call 1-866-SKI-KICK (option #8) for current weather, conditions and more.