The ski hill officially opens Friday, December 8, with a preview weekend opening Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3. A raffle will be held for the first gondola ride of the season with proceeds going towards the Golden Food Bank. Star Photo

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort announces official opening

The snowfall has begun and the opening of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is around the corner.

The snowfall has begun and that means the opening of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is just around the corner.

It’s officially winter on the top of the mountain as it has received a record amount of snow this past October and according to Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) senior vice president Matt Mosteller, skiing in the Alpine is going to be excellent this season.

The hill will officially open December 8, but will be open on December 2 and December 3 for a preview weekend. Mosteller says the preview weekend is a great way to get the community excited for the ski season.

“It’s always exciting to open for a preview weekend before the official opening,” Mosteller said.

Teams have been working hard to get all aspects of the hill ready. Mosteller says to continually check their website and Facebook page for updates and snow conditions.

“Things change and that is where you can get the most up to date information,” he said.

The beginner slopes will not be open for the preview weekend however, so those beginner skiers will have to wait until the official opening to start their skiing. More details regarding the opening weekend will be coming, including details on what runs will be open and ready for skiers to tackle.

The raffle for the first gondola ride of the season will also take place during the preview weekend.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort plaza from 7:45 am to 8:45 am with all proceeds going to the Golden Food Bank. Two dollars will get you one ticket and five dollars will get you three. If you bring a can of a non-perishable food items you will also get a bonus ticket.

The winner will get to pick four other people to share the first gondola ride, skip the lift lines for the rest of the day and have lunch at the award winning Eagle’s Eye Restaurant.

While some hills have the first gondola ride as a first come first served basis, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort decided they wanted to go the route of a raffle instead.

“It makes it so we can do it as a fundraiser for the community,” Mosteller said.

The preview weekend will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on December 2 and December 3, and the Official opening set for Friday, December 8 at 9:00 am.

The start of the ski season is something Mosteller always looks forward to.

“Kicking off the ski season is an exciting time,” Mosteller said.

For more details visit kickinghorseresort.com.

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