Kicking Horse gearing up for summer

Mountain Bikers will soon be taking to the slopes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

There is still snow covering the peaks of the mountains surrounding Golden, but the mountain bikers are itching to get up there anyways.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has some of the best trails around, and the resort is gearing up for a great season.

“We’re going to have a preview weekend on June 23 and 24, and then our regular operations will begin on June 29,” said Matt Mosteller, VP of marketing and sales for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

“We’re really excited about it. It’s going to be a great summer.”

The hill has some hardcore terrain, which seems to suit most people in Golden just fine, said Mosteller. But there are some beginner trails for the novice mountain biker, and plenty of activities for the non-adredaline junkies in the area.

A ride to the top of the mountain in the gondola gives you access so some breathtaking views, and exhilarating hiking trails.

“You can’t beat riding the gondola, taking a hike or soaking up the sun while you’re sitting on top of the world,” said Mosteller. “I’m blown away by that awe-inspiring view every time I’m up there.”

And don’t forget to take a peek at Boo. Golden’s favourite grizzly bear has had a very restful winter and is ready to go. He slept for five months strait.

“It’s definitely a community favourite,” said Mosteller of the Grizzly Bear Refuge that Boo calls his home. It opens the same time as regular operations.

Tours start at 9 a.m. every day, and they’re held every hour on the hour for the entire season. The refuge will be open until 4 p.m.

The Eagle’s Eye Restaurant will be open for lunch service seven days a week until 4 p.m., reservations are recommended.

But if you’re up at the hill later in the evening you still have several dining options to chose from. Peaks Grill and the Winston Saloon will be open late all summer.

For more information on activities and hours of operation, go to www.kickinghorseresort.com.