WESTERN OPEN BC CUP 2015 RESULTS
The 2015 Western Open BC Cup downhill race happened in the rain & mud, which didn’t seem to bother the racers much, still finishing with incredibly fast times. The new Beer Garden at KHMR plaza heated things up this year bringing good vibes and good times. Thanks to all the teams and racers for coming up to the Horse again. See you next year!
Stay tuned for the full recap. Click here for the results: KHMR 2015 Western Open results.[slideshow_deploy id=’13138′]
VIA FERRATA MAKING OF – WEEK 5
by Lisa Roddick
It’s Crunch Time. This week has been a whole lot of drilling holes in the rock, cleaning them out and gluing in hardware. It takes a long time to get in and out of the locations that we are working at, so about 8 – 9 hours a day at this point are spent hanging on ropes. Good thing that when we need a rest, the views are incredible and the weather has been great, except that day it hailed. One KHMR Via Ferrata Guide has been paired with one Prisme employee, they drill and we glue.
Sometimes when the driller is gluing a tricky spot where rock fall is a concern and we must wait for them the finish. While we wait we become Gophers; Climbing up and down to deliver drill bits, glue packs and hardware. It feels like the work will never end, but none the less we are progressing well and starting to think about the final touches in order to get ready for the grand opening!
The more places on the Via Ferrata routes that I get to explore, the more excited I become. I am climbing through places that I have never been to before and only stared at from the gondola during ski season. The terrain is bigger and more challenging than it appears at first glance. I think the Via Ferrata is going to be a real adventure and good physical and mental challenge for those who endeavor to take it on. If you dare to be one of the first to explore Terminator Peak on KHMR’s new Via Ferrata, bring your courage, a positive attitude and lots of water!
GRAND OPENING JULY 1 !
VIA FERRATA MAKING OF – WEEK 4
By Lisa Roddick
The Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is really coming along! We started our week off this week with anchor testing for the suspension bridge. It was a very finicky process and took all day long. After testing the anchors we were ready to string 3 cables across Glory, this was also a slow process but we all learned a lot and were introduced to some new tools.
Next we had to build the bridge, laying one board at a time and walking out onto it in order to place the next board. This process required a lot of creativity and a few boards before we got our system down. The final step is to level and balance the bridge, again, a tricky thing to do. We will get pretty dialed at this bridge thing seeing as it has to come down each winter and then go back up for the summer and Via Ferrata adventures!
The bridge was not the only thing we achieved this week, but it was a big part of it. We also, cleaned debris off of rock shelves to make fewer hazards for walking over them when on route.
We also started learning how to work behind a driller and clean the rock dust of the hole they drill in order to fill it with glue and insert the Life Line and climbing aids along the routes. This week is where we were really able to see the most progress. The days fly by when every moment is a new experience.
Each day is filled with learning experiences, new challenges and high physical demand which is keeping us on our toes, fully engaged and just burning through the chocolate covered almonds!
VIA FERRATA MAKING OF – WEEK 3
By Lisa Roddick
Things are moving along at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The hot weather we’ve been having has melted a lot of snow in the past week, most of it in fact. The rock scaling on Terminator Peak is mostly finished, all of the hardware to start drilling and installing the Via Ferrata has been slung into place by a helicopter and Starr Trail Solutions is making quick work of an incredible trail that will help tired climbers descend T1 (and then probably make their way to the Eagle’s Eye for a celebratory cocktail).
This week the Via Ferrata crew has been hauling rocks to create entrances and platforms along the routes. We have been digging snow out of the places we need quicker access to. We put together parts of the suspension bridge and loads for the heli-drops and getting on rope to create the trail that will finish the Discovery Route.
We are having a great time up here, working in a spectacular office and we’re all pretty excited about the progress this week. The nice weather and lack of bugs has been a great contributor to our happiness! Week 4 should have us on ropes drilling and gluing our way through the routes, stay tuned for next week’s update and photos.
Via Ferrata Adventure – Week 1 and 2
By Lisa Roddick
Prisme, a Quebec based company was set to arrive on Tuesday, May 26. On this day, due to traffic accidents blocking their route, all but one of the Prisme crew missed their flights. One individual was driving from Squamish and was here Wednesday morning to get some gear together and hike to Terminator Peak for his first look at it.
Jorge was impressed with what he saw, grateful for the iews he will have from his office for the next month and excited about this project! The rest of the crew was set to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, but encountered another setback when the brand new rental truck that they had hired broke down near Banff. They would have to wait for a replacement and would not arrive until the next day.
Bright and early Thursday morning, May 28 the Prisme team arrived, smiling and optimistic despite the epic mission it took them to get to Kicking Horse. That same day they started hauling gear to the top of Terminator Peak and installing anchors so they could start rock scaling. After 5 days of rock scaling, which was easier than they had anticipated they forecast that they will be done by Monday, June 8 and ready to start installing the Iron Road. In the mean time, the Via Ferrata guides are training, preparing behind the scenes and digging snowing off the route where needed while anxiously awaiting their part of the installation of Golden’s newest and highest attraction!
Golden, BC – New modern style ski home in Golden, B.C near Kicking Horse Mountain Resort was recently recognized by Dwell magazine, as one of the best examples of modern lifestyle living in the mountains. The modern home shares the spirit of the Kicking Horse lifestyle of being a mountain adventure community.
Another example of this modern alpine style is the Cedars project, a new semi-detached home development that emanates the spirit and essence of adventure and discovery. Set up as 13 buildings yielding 26 units in total, each Cedars building is situated to take advantage of the incredible surroundings.
About Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a world-class destination resort located 2.5 hours west of Calgary, nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains in the heart of British Columbia. Winter offers a fully integrated mountain resort experience and the most progressive in-bounds skiing in North America. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, www.kickinghorseresort.com, is part of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) family. Proudly Canadian, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) is the largest private ski resort owner/operator in North America, owning six ski resorts across Canada, including Nakiska Ski Area in Alberta; Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia. RCR also owns and manages a number of hotels and golf courses, including Trickle Creek in Kimberley, and Wintergreen Golf and Country Club in Bragg Creek. RCR aims to provide each and every guest The Ultimate Experience.
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Golden, B.C. – Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is thrilled to announce the super saver Sightseeing season pass for summer 2015. Purchase one for yourself from $32.95 or for the whole family from just $79.95! View all prices and purchase your season pass online through the RCR webstore.
Sightseeing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Whisk up to 7,700 feet in a gondola ride with 360° views, the altitude won’t take your breath away, but the views still will! With amazing views of 6 mountain ranges and 5 national parks, this is the finest in Canadian vistas and a quintessential BC experience. Visit the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant for lunch or a snack and keep your eye out for wildlife in the alpine terrain.
Fernie & Golden BC – StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, in partnership with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) presents the biggest spring music line up in the Rockies. Great tunes and turns is what spring skiing in the Rockies is all about! “We’re stoked to have this incredible line up of music and already over 17 feet of snow, many say the best in Canada right now. It’s going to be big time fun at Fernie, Kicking Horse and Kimberley this spring”, says Matt Mosteller, Senior VP of Marketing & Resort Experience at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
As an extension to a recent new partnership between StubHub and RCR, which named StubHub the official “Fan to Fan” ticket partner of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies for a number of RCR’s sports and entertainment events, StubHub is now the exclusive official presenting sponsor of all concert events at Fernie Alpine Resort this spring.
“Resorts of the Canadian Rockies has been an excellent partner for us, and we are proud to be working with them to present the first ever Winter Shredfest with BC/DC, Fernie this spring,” said Anthony Lipschitz, StubHub’s Country Manager for Canada. “As we strive to continue to offer fans the most extensive access to live events, this event and the other concerts for which we are the presenting sponsor throughout the spring are going to be a great way for Canadians to get out and enjoy some wonderful live concerts.”
WINTER BICICLE SHREDFEST with BC/DC, Fernie on April 4th
In a new event brought to you by StubHub and as part of one of the first fat tire bike festivals in the Canadian Rockies, we’re bringing you the best après ski band in Canada, BC/DC! Making a special two show appearance in the base of the resort and at the famous Griz Bar, Keepin’ Ripper Ripped since 1962! Visit the StubHub website for event details and tunes/turns tickets.
FERNIVAL , Fernie on April 11th
Don’t miss the B.C based alternative rock legends, 54-40 headlining the annual Fernival event on the final weekend of the season, opening for the band is local talent the Hark Raving Sirens. Along with the Powder, Peddle, Paddle relay race and the Slopesoaker on the 12th the final weekend at Fernie Alpine Resort is the place to be to say goodbye to a great winter and welcome summer! Book your Fernival vacation online.
SUN, SPLASH, FUNK FEST, Kicking Horse
Spring is the best time to get the goods in Golden, BC! The days get a little longer, so it’s that time when we normally see more storms that bring in lots of snow and also a time to celebrate to great season closing with the two weekend Sun, Splash, Funk Festival (first 2 weekends in April). With music on the outdoor patios, this season by Shred Kelly & Good for Grapes, family friendly activities, the Slush Cup and Dummy Downhill to enjoy there is barely time for the last few runs! Book your Sun, Splash, Funk getaway online.
SPRING SPLASH & DUMMY DOWNHILL, Kimberley
Tunes, turns and tans in the spring! Not only is it home to the most sunny days of any ski resort in B.C all season, it’s the best place to work on your goggle tan, enjoy real ski town charm with local jam nights and live music in the Stemwinder Bar & Grill. End the season with an outdoor live show by Bend Sinister and watching the annual spring splash year end comp on April 4th and the Dummy Downhill on the final day, the 5th! Book your Spring Splash getaway online.
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Golden, BC – Starting on March 2, TELUS Winter Sports School is offering 3 & 5 day Kids Camps for Skiers and Snowboarders of all abilities aged 6-12 years. Our Camps are specially designed for children to improve their ski/snowboard technique, meet some new friends and to have fun exploring the mountain while in the care of our experienced instructors! Lunch at the Whitetooth Grill is included each day and each camp will end with a Super Hero Day – while dressed as your favorite Super Hero take part in our special race track designed just for the kids! Prizes for best dressed and more! Sign your kids up now and guarantee them an unforgettable Spring Break! For more information including registration information visit our website.
BOOK YOUR SKI VACATION NOW & SAVE
Book your spring getaway now! With already over 17 feet of snowfall this season and a bunch more expected in March, spring skiing will be full of sunshine and champagne powder! Call 1-800-258-7669 to book with a reservation agent or book online.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – THE CEDARS
The ideal mountain lifestyle unfolds here. The Cedars is a mountain modern duplex development that consists of 26 units. Get more information on the new RCR Realty site.
Golden BC, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is thrilled to announce the extension of its summer operation in 2015, welcoming visitors daily from May 30 until September 27, 2015.
Over the past decade, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has established an extensive palette of summer activities, including the addition of a NEW Via Ferrata, to become a four-season premier destination.
NEW! VIA FERRATA Secured Climbing Route – Get vertical at the most exhilarating Via Ferrata (Italian for iron path) in Western Canada! Confirmed and apprentice climbers alike will tackle Terminator Peak’s north face & venture through 2 custom courses and 1 suspension bridge. Giddy up! Grand Opening is scheduled for July 1, 2015.
GRIZZLY – Close encounters of the grizzly kind! Our Grizzly Bear Refuge – home to Boo, our resident grizzly – is the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. Tours are available daily.
GONDOLA + MOUNTAINS – Whisk up to 7,700 feet in a gondola ride with 360° views. The altitude won’t take your breath away, but the views still will! With amazing views of 6 mountain ranges and 5 national parks, this is the finest in Canadian vistas and a quintessential BC experience. Choose your hiking path along the top of the world.
DINING – A wide variety of culinary establishments to pique every palate. There’s award winning dining, casual Rocky Mountain comfort food, grab-n-go breakfasts, grills, pubs and cafes. Visit Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Canada’s Most Elevated Dining Experience.
MOUNTAIN BIKING – Explore our award-winning bike park with over 4000 feet of vertical, 50kms of single tracks, wicked dirt jumps, great tech shop and exceptional bike and equipment rental. Did we mention a great pump track, lift serviced riding and daily bike lessons?
From June 27 to September 27, 2015.
Call our reservations specialists to enjoy on-mountain luxury accommodation at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort! From slopeside boutique hotels to condos and resort homes, package your accommodation with summer activities for further savings.