Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is hosting their annual free comunity ski day on Sunday, January 13. All you need is a government issued ID providing your residency, and the lifts are free of charge. Photo Submitted

Locals get free taste of slope at Kicking Horse

Locals will get a taste of what Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has to offer at the annual free Community Day on January 13.

Each year, the ski resort invited locals from Golden and Area A to come up to the mountain to ski and snowboard for free. The free tickets are offered when people show their proof of residency at guest services.

The Resorts of the Canadian Rockies purchased Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in 2011, and began the Community Day tradition to show their appreciation to locals. The Community Day is in addition to the Grade 2 program, which allows students or children under the age of seven to ride for free. The resort also runs a community summit fund, which provides cash donations to non profit and volunteer organizations.

Those who are interested in trying out skiing or snowboarding, and those who are still new to the sport, are highly encouraged to take advantage of the free day. It is also a good opportunity for people who haven’t skied in a while to go out and enjoy a day on the slopes.

Those who don’t ski can also take advantage of the view from the top. Locals are invited to check out what the view is like from the top of the gondola. From the Golden Eagle Express, the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is only a step away to enjoy lunch at 7,700 feet.

“We have had a huge response to it,” Resorts of the Canadian Rockies vice president of marketing and resort experience Matt Mosteller said about last year’s event. “We are so proud of our community and look forward to greeting everyone with smiles here.”

For more information about the free Community Day event, and other events happening at Kicking Horse, go to www.kickinghorseresort.com.

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