Local residents will get the chance to ski for free on a special day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Local residents will get the chance to ski for free on a special day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Free day of skiing for locals at Kicking Horse Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is showing appreciation to local residents with a free day of skiing.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has decided it is time to show their appreciation to the community by offering them a free day of skiing.

“The whole idea behind it is to create a community ski day in appreciation of Golden and Area A, and invite the residents to the resort,” said Steve Paccagnan, president of KHMR.

On Sunday March 25, any resident of Golden and Area A, with proof of residency, can go up to the resort and receive a free lift ticket for the day.

“For some it could be a first time visit. For some it will be a revisit, they may not have been here for a number of years,” said Paccagnan.

“And for those who don’t ski or snowboard and want to come up and sightsee, and maybe ride the gondola, they’ll be able to do that as well.”

This is the first time that KHMR has offered a free day to the community, but it is something that Paccagnan has wanted to do for quite some time.

“With the transition of the resort obviously my priorities have been in different areas, but now I’m able to focus my energy back on the community more. I think this is something that’s really important for our communities,” he said.

“Golden has absolutely been good at supporting the resort. It’s a very simbiotic relationship, and we would never take that relationship for granted. We’re working closely with the community in a number of ways to showcase a world class destination resort.”

The intention is to make this an annual event, although in the future it may take place earlier on in the season.

“We plan to have music, and we’re going to be having a community barbecue going, with part of the proceeds being donated locally to a charity of choice,” said Paccagnan. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

The resort is scheduled to be open for another month, and Paccagnan is very happy with the season KHMR has had so far.

“We’re having a record winter. We’re seeing a resurgence with some of the market coming back, the international market,” he said.

“We’ve been very blessed with snow so far, and there’s more coming. For those that really haven’t had their powder fix yet, March can be very strong. We’re going to go hard until April 8, and I think this could be a season to remember.”