Kicking Horse Mountain Resort hosts New Year’s Eve festivities

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort hosts New Year’s Eve festivities

With the decade coming to a close, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has big plans to send it out with a bang, with a line-up of New Year’s Eve celebrations to help you ring in 2020.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on December 31, Kicking Horse will be setting up their annual ‘rail jam’ until 8:30 p.m. While it’s not really a rail, the resort does offer plenty of features for people to come and ‘jib’ on, since the resort doesn’t have a proper terrain park. The jam will be set up just left of the gondola, between it and the Catamount chair.

“The rail jam is always fun to try, and the kids love it,” said Tyson Newell, the Marketing and Media Coordinator at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. “Last year, we had a bunch of the local kids who really took to it, they had just a good time ripping it with their friends. It was nice to see how stoked they were for that. We had to coerce them off so we could continue with our other events.”

After the rail jam, the mountain has arranged for an appearance from a local group called A-Muse Troupe, who will put on a circus-esque performance that involves fire throwing and dancing.

The performance will wrap up around 9 p.m., and will be followed by a procession of torches from the Catamount mid-station.

“We have big long torches that get lit, and they throw off these beautiful red sparks,” said Newell. “They all ski down together in this big train. There’s lots of families and kids which is cool.”

A half-hour long fireworks display follows.

While the event wraps up around 9:30 p.m., long before the actual New Year rolls around, Newell says this is by design. The event is designed to be more family oriented, and since they’re so far out of town, wrapping it up early is part of the appeal of the celebrations.

“You can get the kids home before midnight which is nice, and a lot of stuff in town goes much later,” said Newell. “We don’t do anything after midnight because we’re out of town, we like to do everything a bit early because it’s a pretty family centric event.”

There will also be a New Year’s Eve dinner up at Eagle’s Eye. This year will be a buffet style meal, with two sittings. The final sitting will have its diners down at the base of the mountain just in time to watch the fireworks go off over the gondola.

“I personally love the fireworks, it’s always a highlight, just to see them ripping off over the gondola is pretty cool,” said Newell. “You’re on the mountain which is great, and double black will be open selling coffee and hot chocolate.”

For those who want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s evening will wrap up in plenty of time to allow you to head into town for the rest of the night.