Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) got over 45 cm of snow last week. It’s time to celebrate. From Friday, January 14th to Saturday, January 16th KHMR is hosting three events — the Tiki Torch Dash Ski Mountaineering Race, Avalanche Awareness Days and the Demo Extravaganza — that all remind us that winter has arrived. Let’s go play.
From the same team that brought you the Dogtooth Dash Ski Touring Race comes the second annual Tiki Torch Dash, a race that combines solo and team categories and provides an evening of challenges for ski mountaineering enthusiasts.
Mountain ascending enthusiasts of all self-propelled snow sliding disciplines are welcomed to compete in a uniquely formatted race concept that will challenge competitors’ early season ski legs.
The action begins at 5:30pm Saturday night with the main event, a solo and team (2 person) relay, where racers climb to the Catamount mid-station and race down to the base area transition to tag their partner. Each racer will perform multiple 15-35 min laps on the course illuminated by Tiki torch, headlamps, glow sticks, disco lights and the stars. The second heat of the evening is the King of the Hill event where racers will sprint from the Gondola plaza to mid-mountain to determine the fastest climbers.
“The Tiki Torch Dash is one of the most unique night time ski mountaineering races on the Canadian circuit,” said Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. “The Golden Ski Mountaineering and Kicking Horse Events team have designed a great evening of high energy racing. The event caters to the avid racers and recreational mountaineers who are interested in finding out what ski mountaineering racing is all about.”
Early online registration is open until January 14th for $31 at KickingHorseResort.com/events. Last minute on-site registration will be open from 2:00pm – 4:30pm on January 15th, for $40. All entry fees include the race and a pasta dinner at the awards presentation.
The Demo Extravaganza will take place on January 15th and 16th and transform the KHMR plaza into an expo grounds featuring free demo gear from 10 of the best ski and snowboard manufacturers in the industry. Visitors to the resort will be able to sample the latest ski/ride technology for free (when providing a credit card for deposit) and have the chance to win a free pair of skis from Nordica at the ‘After Burner’ après ski party on Saturday night.
As a part of the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s National Avalanche Awareness Days, the Big Mountain Centre and Kicking Horse Mountain Safety team will be hosting some interactive demonstrations that are free to the public. On both days guests can view a special Avalanche Recue Dog demonstration at 10:00am and 2:00pm in the Kicking Horse Plaza. At 11:30am the Kicking Horse Mountain Safety Team will showcase some avalanche control work with explosives and speak about the many techniques used to conduct safe terrain management, with the best viewing from the top of the Golden Eagle Express. At 12:00pm after the control demo, the Big Mountain Centre will host a guided run, educating participants about some of the hazards commonly found in avalanche terrain.
KHMR will be buzzing this weekend, whether you’re there to learn more about avalanche safety, try out some fancy new gear or test your cardio under the stars. For more information visit kickinghorseresort.com.