Golden residents will be treated to a sunrise on top of the world this Easter for the annual Sunrise Easter Service at the top of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort gondola on Easter Sunday.
Nine years ago John Parry went to the resort and told them they needed to connect with the community. Parry had heard from too many people that they had never been up the mountain, and he thought that was something everyone in town should be able to experience.
He suggested an early morning Easter service, and the resort obliged offering free lift tickets for anyone attending the service.
Every year attendance ranges from 10 to 120 people, often depending on the weather.
“Sometimes it’s a bit clouded over. But on those years where it’s clear, the view is spectacular. It’s really quite an experience,” said Parry.
The gondola will be loading between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. For those who don’t have a season pass, free lift tickets can be picked up at guest services 10 to 15 minutes prior to loading the gondola. The multi-denominational Christian service will begin outside of Eagle’s Eye at 8 a.m., followed by free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the restaurant.
“After that, once we have clearance from the safety team, you’re free to ride down,” said Parry. The gondola will also be taking guests down who don’t ski or snowboard.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Golden Food Bank.