Kokanee has released a brand new brew of beer, a beer infused with water from a glacier that’s been around since 1962. Glacier water from 1962 was chosen as that’s the year Kokanee beer was first brewed in Creston, B.C.
Pick up the Kokanee Deja Brew at a liquor store near you, and get fueled up for winter with the glacier fresh taste of the beer out here!
If you think ski resorts are only to be visited during the fall and winter months in Canada, you would be very wrong! (Arguably), some of the best fun to had at a ski resort is in fact during the summer months. Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, B.C and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC both offer unique summer experiences for the extreme adventurer, the not so overly adventurous and families!
Take a Hike or go for a Bike
What do ski resorts have that almost no other places have? Chairlifts & gondolas! At ski resorts some of the best hiking is at the top of the mountain; access these scenic trails as well as mountain biking trails through the lifts at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Both resorts take special care of their trails in the summer to ensure they are a smooth ride down on your bike or a safe walk along the ridge with the family.
Photos: New lizard Bowl viewing platform at Fernie Alpine Resort with spectacular views of both the bowl and town, access via summer road hiking trail and biking with the family at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Fly through the Trees or Scale the Mountain Face
In Fernie, BC you can fly through the trees in the Aerial Park (think a series of obstacle courses in the tree tops), both kids and adults have a great time attempting the features! Don’t worry if your child doesn’t meet the height or age requirements, there is also a FREE mini kids park located nearby (parental supervision required). For an even more extreme adventure, hit up the new Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and brave this ‘iron road’ by climbing along a series of steps on the Terminator mountain face, only after you cross the suspension bridge!
Don’t worry about a thing! Both our air activities include instructions, qualified guides and of course you’re harnessed in.
Photos: Aerial Park at Fernie Alpine Resort and Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Go for a Bite on a Mountaintop Patio
With the gorgeous British Columbia weather on our side, there are a variety of mountain eateries as well as top of the mountain patios for you to stop by during your adventure or for a lengthy lounge session! Here is a short list of not to miss, fully licensed, patios (there are many more places to eat at both resorts as well as in town);
Lost Boys Café in Fernie (open weekends and located at the top of the Timber Chairlift)
Eagle’s Eye Restaurant in Kicking Horse (located at the Top of the Gondola)
Lizard Creek Lodge patio at Fernie Alpine Resort (located at the base of the Resort)
Peaks at Kicking Horse (located at the base of the Resort)
Photos: Lost Boys Cafe at Fernie Alpine Resort and Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Learn about Nature
The mountains are an amazing opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while learning important safety information about the environment surrounding us. New this summer at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort are the ‘Rambler’s Hikes’, with 3 themes to join in on in March including staying safe in bear country, geology on the trench and nothing but photos. While at Fernie Alpine Resort, make your way up the Elk Chair to Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre to learn about the flora and fossils found in the region. Guided Hikes with Nature Bob are also available where you’ll learn about our trails, trees and berries including which ones are safe to eat and which ones aren’t!
Photos: NEW Ramblers Hike at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Nature Bob’s Interpretive Centre at Fernie Alpine Resort.
In Canada we know the summer season is short, but we still have time! So don’t delay, book your summer trip to a resort today!!
Words & Photos by Andrew Findlay
The only thing between me and countless free falling vertical metres of alpine air are some rungs of steel drilled into the rock, and a climbing harness tethered to steel cable. I grasp a rung, scuff a boot onto a ledge as wide as a deck of cards, then pause to study the quartzite in front me, its surface checked and split like a well used map.
I’m clinging to the face of Terminator Peak following what the Italians refer to as a via ferrata, or “iron road.” It’s the latest addition to Kicking Horse’s menu of summer alpine experiences and it’s a winner and today one half of an alpine duathlon of sorts – via ferrata in the morning, bike park in the afternoon. Via ferrata originates from World War I when Italy clashed with the Austro-Hungarian forces in the rugged Dolomite Mountains that divided these two powers. Italian soldiers equipped the mountains with fixed lines and ladders, an ingenuous and much safer way to scale difficult or otherwise un-climbable cliffs. When fighting ended the via ferrata was forgotten, until mountaineers began restoring and repurposing these routes for recreation, launching a new form of mountain adventure. Via ferrata consist of steel rungs drilled and glued into the rock, suspension bridges, and steel cable bridges spanning chasms that can feel like tiptoeing a cross a thread of silk. With a harness, a leash that’s connected to the cable for safety , some sturdy hiking shoes, helmet, and a little coaching from an experienced guide, pretty much anybody from grandmothers to grandkids can experience the thrill of scaling alpine rock.
“We hatched the plan to develop a via ferrata last year, and our crews started working last spring scaling loose rock from the route, then drilling and installing more than 800 metres of steel cable,” says Max Cretin, director of business development and guest experience for Kicking Horse Resort, who has joined me on this new via ferrata.
I pause on a ledge and turn to face the precipice below. The roof of the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant is a splash of red next to the gondola top station. A group of hikers, ant like from these heights, follows the trail descending from Eagle’s Eye to the meadows and alpine pools at the foot of Terminator. I’m accustomed to climbing mountains the conventional way, burdened with an arsenal of shiny metal tools and implements. This is only my second kick at a via ferrata, and for the first 15 minutes I feel sort of naked. However soon I’m enjoying the fluidity and relative unencumbered simplicity of the activity. Grab the metal rung, step upwards until the specially designed aeroligne carabiner slides up the paralleling cable and passes over the steel plate affixing the cable to the rock. At the crest of a 10-metre slab of vertical quartzite I hesitate, to rest my calves.
Kicking Hores offers two via ferrata options. Ascension delivers you to the summit of Terminator Peak. For the less ambitious, or beginners, Discovery provides a shorter option that exits lower down Terminator’s easy ridge. However both routes start with an exhilarating crossing of a 30 m long suspension bridge that spans a steep chute that skiers know as Think Twice in wintertime. After two hours, we top out on Terminator’s summit, with time left to scramble down the ridge and back up to Eagle’s Eye for a 12:30 lunch reservation. I keep it simple, a juicy Alberta beef burger and garden salad, accompanied by a glass of cabernet sauvignon.
After lunch I switch modes for the second half of my alpine duathlon. I strap on some shin and elbow pads and full face helmet, then saddle up a DH bike for the 4000 foot vertical descent to the base village. My guide Ryan Harvey, who works mountain safety in the winter and patrols the bike park in summer, has a route planned, that showcases what Kicking Horse’s park is renowned for – sweet alpine riding. After a quick zip down the loose and rocky cat track, It’s a 10, we roll into smooth and flowy Pipestone, which feeds quickly into the swooping burmed chicanes of Dragon Chaser. Western anemones and Indian Paintbrush blossom trailside. Chute to View drops us into the subalpine forest, followed by Home Run and then Showdown, which descends in big loops skier’s right of the Gondola. By the time I pause to summon courage at the top of the black diamond- rated Rock and Roll, a steep rock slab, my forearms burns from squeezing brake levers. I’m an XC rider at heart so I do whatever it takes to keep the rubber on the ground. Next up is LYM, built by Harvey and his crew; it’s a fantastical corkscrew of elevated ramps that defies logic but works. It’s 2:30 pm when we roll to a stop in front of the Black Diamond cafe. I opt to perk up with an afternoon espresso, before reloading the gondola for another ride. Why not? It’s summer, the days are long and this alpine duathlon isn’t over.
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!
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For Immediate Release: July 17th, 2015
KICKING HORSE MOUNTAIN RESORT & GOOSE ISLAND present BREWMASTER’S DINNER
Golden, B.C. – People don’t come to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to tackle the same old thing, they come for the adventures and mountain experience, and we have plenty. This summer, at Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, enjoy our ‘Brewmaster’s Dinner’ on July 25th where you’ll sip on beverages from Goose Island Beer Company, paired perfectly with the exquisite 4 course meal. Be whisked away on the gondola, to 7,700 and take in the amazing views of 6 mountain ranges and 5 national parks with your meal.
Tickets are available online or by calling 1-866-SKI-KICK.
Eagle’s Eye Restaurant
Discover Canada’s most elevated dining experience and most talked about culinary experience. This crown jewel of resort dining, at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C overlooks 5 National Parks at once, enjoy our Chef’s new summer creations this year! More info & reservations.
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Starting this Saturday are our “Rambler’s Hikes”! Join us this summer as an educational introduction to our captivating environment, great for the whole family to take part in! There are four opportunities to try out the hikes, with the first this Saturday featuring Mountain Safety & Weather; guided by the resort’s Mountain Safety Crew, this thematic hike will walk you through our micro-climate and how to conquer the mountains on the safe side.
Other dates & hikes;
Staying Safe in Bear Country – August 1
Your expert guide from Boo’s Grizzly Bear Refuge will educate you on vulnerable bear habitat, how we can reduce human impact and how to stay safe while sharing the beautiful mountains.
Under Our Feet: Geology of the Trench – August 15
How and when did this valley get shaped? Local specialist Gideon Smith will share his extensive knowledge of the region for the most interesting hike of the summer.
Take Nothing But Photos – August 29
A local professional photographer will host a master class at 7’700ft. Learn how to capture the essence of your natural environment with timeless photographs. Take a piece home without leaving a trace!
Please note: a valid lift ticket is required to load up the gondola – visit our Hikes page for lift ticket prices.
Hikes depart at 1:pm – meet at the Winter Trail Map (across from the Gondola Top) to participate!
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 !
Prepare yourself for the best opening in Kicking Horse Bike Park’s history. This isn’t vacuous marketing hype, but the real McCoy. On a normal year, the opening bell only rings as high up as Blaster, about two-thirds of the way up the hill. This year however, the ringing will be heard from the very top of the mountain. Every trail on the map will be open on Day 1 (disclaimer: you may have to cross out a couple runs on the map, like Rock Garden and others to be discussed below, to make the above statement true). We’ve never seen so little snow in the alpine at this time of year. We’re pretty sure there will be hell to pay for it somewhere down the line, but for the opening (preview) weekend of the park, it couldn’t be better news!
Gone are the soul-crushing days of the past when we spent the entire spring digging organic crap out of the original poorly-constructed berms and jumps, feeling like we were in that Hitchcock film in which no matter how far forward we tried to get, the hallway just kept extending further ahead of us. But, like the movie, the horror finally ended. Now we spend most of the pre-season twirling moustaches and creating new features and reroutes.
SUPERBERM – Superberm, for logistical purposes, has been broken down into five sections: SB0 to SB4 in TC parlance. SB0 is the last built, but is at the top, which might explain the odd numbering system. It got one new jump, but needs more. SB1 needs very little help these days, and won’t see any. SB3 is damn close to being dialled after getting two big re-workings. SB4 had a major reroute and some jump enhancements this spring. One more reworked berm is needed at the bottom. SB2 is the embarrassing misfit we try to ignore but will have to dress nicely eventually.
MAGIC CARPET RIDE – A crew of ringers, Starr Trail Solutions, have foolishly taken on the task of finishing the re-routing of this mid-mountain disaster (the old one I mean, not the new one!). They are throwing everything they have into it and hope to finish before the preview weekend, but believe me when I tell you, it ain’t easy terrain. If it doesn’t open, unfortunately that means you would also have to cross off TIME TRAVEL from your trail map as they will share the same exit.
SWAMP DONKEY – A massive reworking of this new jump trail is ongoing to improve jump linking and drainage. Flow and flow, if you will. There is an outside chance it might be open this weekend, but don’t bet on it. But with so much else open, who will even notice?
All this is yours this weekend, then for the whole summer into September starting next weekend. Early bird season passes are still available at kickinghorseresort.com. I think you’ll find this season will be worth the price. It’s only going to get better!
On June 28th, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to rediscover our summer playground, with FREE sightseeing for our local community. Be amazed by our breathtaking mountain views and stop by Eagle’s Eye Restaurant for an exquisite lunch at 7,700 feet. A $9.95 Grizzly Bear Interpretive tour upgrade will be available at the Guest Services Desk, children (6-12 years) are FREE!
*PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED (upon presentation of a valid BC driver’s license or BC photo ID with a Golden or Area A address)