Kicking Horse & Panorama Mountain Resorts Open Friday

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. (Credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies)

Skiers can hit the slopes in the Columbia Valley this weekend.

Golden's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is one of two East Kootenay ski hills holding their opening day festivities this year.

Matt Mosteller, VP of Sales and Marketing with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, says there will be lots to look forward to.

"The largest terrain expansion in all of Canada is happening at Kicking Horse right now as we open up over 600 acres of new skiing and riding experience. With that new addition of terrain also comes an increased verticle - now Kicking Horse has the fifth biggest verticle in North America."

As of Thursday morning, Kicking Horse has 68 cm of snow, including 4 cm over the last week.

All proceeds from the First Gondola Raffle will go towards the Golden Food Bank.

Heading west of Invermere, Panorama Mountain Resort is also kicking into gear.

CEO Steve Paccagnan says they have been hard at work to get their 70 trails and 4,000 verticle feet of slopes ready to go.

"Because we've just done so much work in the summertime to really summer groom and glade and get the grass down to a nice short nat, so to speak - it's almost like a fairway-type grass out there - we don't really need a lot of snow to get going."

All of Panorama's lifts are expected to be operating this weekend.

Kimberley Alpine Resort was originally scheduled to open this Saturday, but that was delayed to next Saturday, December 15th instead. Anyone who has purchased a season pass to Kimberley's ski hill can use the slopes at Kicking Horse or Fernie Alpine Resort for free over the next week.

More information on Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Panorama Mountain Resort can be found using these links.

Audio: Matt Mosteller, VP of Sales and Marketing, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

Audio: Steve Paccagnan, CEO, Panorama Mountain Resort

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