Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s opening day last year saw huge crowds lining up to get on the slopes.

This weekend is opening day and community day at KHMR

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort opens up tomorrow (Dec. 9), and Community Day where residents get a free lift ticket is this Sunday.

Skiers and snowboarders are waiting in eager anticipation for opening weekend at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Opening day is officially scheduled for Friday Dec. 9. The resort is continuing its tradition of raffling off the first gondola ride, with the proceeds going to The Golden Food Bank.

“There will be volunteers there in the morning selling tickets. I think we’ll have more this year, last year they couldn’t keep up. It was great, we raised a lot of money,” said Emile Lavoie, media and events co-ordinator for KHMR. “And the winner gets to pick four friends to join him or her for the first gondola, lunch at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, and a priority pass in the gondola line for the whole day.”

This year opening weekend has another special day as well, Community Day on Sunday Dec. 11.

“It’s really important that all the locals have the opportunity to get a taste of the hill, so this is a great way to make sure everyone gets the chance,” said Lavoie.

Anyone with proof of residency in Golden or Area A can get a free lift ticket for Dec. 11.

And once the hill opens, there will be lots going on to keep you busy, especially over the holidays. There will be a Ski with Santa, a dog sleigh night that takes kids around the plaza, special dinners for Christmas and New Year’s at Eagle’s Eye, and apres live music at The Whitetooth Grill.

Find out more about what’s going on at Kicking Horse this season at www.kickinghorseresort.com.