It is the perfect pairing, an Easter Sunday service with the majestic backdrop of a sunrise at the Eagle’s Eye.
The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, taking place at the top of the gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, has been a tradition in Golden for the past seven years.
“I was talking to people at church one day, and some of them told me they had never been up to the top of the gondola before,” said John Parry, the organizer of the service.
“So I went to the resort with this idea, and they were on board.”
For this non-denominational service, the resort gives attendants one free ride on the gondola, and people have the option of either taking the gondola back down, or skiing down.
People must be at the gondola, ready to load at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning, and should arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlier to get their tickets. Tickets are free, but have to be picked up at guest services.
The service will take place on the patio of the Eagle’s Eye restaurant once everyone is at the top, and will last roughly half an hour.
Depending on weather, the service is attended by between 20 and 100 people every year.
Eagle’s Eye will be providing free coffee and hot chocolate after the service, where donations to the Golden Food Bank will be accepted.