For Immediate Release: March 14th, 2016
KICKING HORSE MOUNTAIN RESORT announces BAND FOR WRANGLE THE CHUTE FWQ AFTERPARTY
Golden, BC – Outlandish, Aggressive and Rugged… Don’t miss out on the ultimate Big Mountain showdown, March 24th – 26th, featuring big lines and some of the best noram pro-riders with a Kicking Horse twist! KHMR is pleased to announce that Wrangle The Chute is in the IFSA/FWQ (Freeride World Qualifier), as a 4 star event alongside Taos (NM), Crystal (WA) and Crested Butte (CO) and the only stop in Canada.
PLUS, Royal Tusk has just signed on for our Wrangle the Chute afterparty on Saturday, March 26th. Royal Tusk, a quintet of bearded prairie men made a lasting impression with audiences on their well-received 2014 EP, Mountain and are releasing their first full length debut album DealBreaker right after Wrangle the Chute on May 6th. DealBreaker captures the true raw energy Royal Tusk wield, and the result is loud and guitar-driven with hints of Americana and soul.
“These are really great guys, in a really great band. It was an absolute pleasure to play on their record.” – Ian Thornley (Big Wreck)
Don’t miss out! Contact Guest Services to buy tickets to the Wrangle the Chute afterparty!
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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Our partner tour operator, Kicking Horse Powder Tours, has set up an exclusive pro-athlete hosted, fully inclusive, on-mountain lodge based trip at Kicking Horse this March.
This exclusive hosted trip is truly the real deal – you’ll get to ski some of the best terrain Canada has to offer and ski with an Olympic winter sports athlete from the UK.
Based out of Kicking Horse, the trip is open to all levels of skiers from intermediate to experts looking for powder snow adventures.
If you’d like to tie in a cat skiing experience to your trip, they’ve got an option for that too.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is thrilled to introduce a new 2 stars Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ). To foster and support the local adult freeriding scene, this additional big mountain event will be held in the original Wrangle the Chute Venue, where it all started! Although anyone is welcome to enter, the event is dedicated to reveal the best local talents. The winner of each category will be invited to enter the 4* Wrangle the Chute, scheduled for March 24-27.
Event spectator friendly!
Don’t miss the action at the Heaven’s Door Yurt! On both Saturday and Sunday, the athletes will compete in the chutes facing directly the Heaven’s Door Yurt. Tasty BBQ treats and cold drinks will be all day. Don’t miss out on the ultimate Big Mountain showdown featuring big lines and some of the best pro-riders with a Kicking Horse twist!
Participate in IFSA’s “Rip It! Shoot It! Share It” campaign. You have a chance to win an IFSA trucker hat each week if you post your photos on the IFSA Facebook page, or on your own Instagram/Twitter using these official hashtags: #IFSA16, #IFSAfreeriders, #FWQ16.
The RCR Rockies Card
The Best Deal in the Rockies
It’s simple – buy the card at a low cost and save all ski season long! Purchase a discount card online, by calling 1-800-258-7669 or through one of the retailers listed below – don’t forget to purchase yours before they go off sale on December 26th!
- 3 FREE Days
- 4 Great Resorts
- Up to $30 daily savings
- Direct to lift option
- FREE Kids Card (with purchase of adult)
The RCR Rockies Cards are only on sale until December 26th! Don’t miss out!
For more information and to buy online visit the RCR Webstore.
Also available at;
- Sport Chek
- Calgary Co-op
- Ski Cellar
- Ski West
- Gerick Sports
- Out of Bounds
Words by Doc Pow
Just as most other mountains in Western Canada are doing right now, Kicking Horse had its own early opening November 28 for two “preview” weekends, November 28 and 29 and then December 5 and 6 before opening full time through the rest of the season on December 11.
Over 2,000 people took to the Horse to get in on the goods November 28, and as you can see from these photos I shot during the day on Saturday, we wouldn’t think too many went home disappointed. Six year Kicking Horse ski patroller Alex Giesbrecht hasn’t seen conditions this good, this early, ever, “this is the best start I’ve ever seen here in my six years that is for sure,” explained Giesbrecht. “At current we have the same amount of snow we had this time last March. Opening came fast after that storm system in mid-November delivered over 50 cms of snow within a 24 hour time period. At one point our snow monitoring system was telling us we had 10 cms in one hour, and we thought it was wrong.” Ullr wasn’t kidding, and the results are evident in shots like this.
Fernie Freestyle Coach Ben Ogilvie (@RexOgilvie on Instagram) basking in some serious powder glory, during the preview weekend at Kicking Horse.
“With the best snow pack in years, bombing and getting the mountain open was easier when you don’t have the snow pack to play with,” explained Giesbrecht.
Alex Giesbrecht points out some of the goods on the ridge line leading into Feuz Bowl, for a full map of the mountain, click here.
Read the full article on the snowseekers website.
Imagine this; you wake up from your slumber early, really early. And you’re not getting back to sleep. What do you do? What do most of us do? Grab our smart phones. Now, when you grab your phone you’ll have the ability to get the most up to date information for snow conditions, weather reports, trail maps, resort info and more from one handy app for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (and our other RCR resorts).
Your next problem – it’s going to be a powder day!! Time to call in sick and head out to the mountains!
For more information on our App read our Press Release.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has the reputation as a proving ground for big mountain skiers seeking out big vertical, steep chutes and alpine bowls. It’s true, Kicking Horse has no shortage of skill and fitness testing burly terrain – the mountain wears its reputation proudly.
However, much less known is the fact that this resort in the Dogtooth Range above Golden also has families in mind with a ski in -ski out philosophy that exemplifies its base area chalet and hotel accommodation. You can literally ski to the front door of the Palliser Lodge or Glacier Mountaineer Lodge, without even double poling or skating. The same goes for many of the plush rental condominiums and homes that are artfully constructed in the woods next to the ski area boundary – if it’s not ski to the front door convenience, then it’s the next best thing.
When I go to a ski resort with the family I want to park my car in the underground lot, hang up the keys next to the entrance of the chalet and never have to think about driving for the rest of the stay. At Kicking Horse , you can spend your time doing what you came to the mountain to do; ski and ride, dine and drink, and relax with a post ski Jacuzzi or sauna. Riding up the Eagle Express Gondola is an exhilarating feeling as it delivers you nearly
1300 vertical metres uphill to the crest of the Dogtooth Range. The vastness of the terrain below fills you with anticipation. One thing you thankfully don’t have to anticipate at the end of day, is a long walk to the hotel or condo, which can feel like a desert trek or an Arctic slog depending on the weather. It takes one trip to a ski resort with kids to realize that a winter experience is about much more than lifts and vertical, vibrant après ski diversions and a cozy place to put your down for the night. It’s about how all these elements work together to create a seamlessly enjoyable ski in-ski out experience. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has it dialed. Trust me, I’m a veteran of the family ski adventure.
Words by Andrew Findlay
Can’t wait to get those skis shined up for this winter? Neither can we, or Richard over at Kicking Horse Powder Tours across the pond in the UK, for that matter.
Have a sense of even more adventure? Check out the Storm Chasers trip; an epic guide led, backcountry focused road trip, for up to 12 guests. Visit the destinations that will be best for your arrival in terms of snow conditions, changing weather patterns and storm tracks, and do it in style! Your mode of transport is a luxurious rolling lounge motor coach that delivers comfort, entertainment and carefree travel. Check out more info here.
Kicking Horse Powder Tours specialize in providing skiing and snowboarding holidays and experiences throughout western Canada’s famed Powder Highway area. This boutique tour operator offers everything from simple family skiing holidays to fully organized multi-resort ski safari trips with full-on, epic skiing and snowboarding adventures. Kicking Horse Powder Tours is up for the World Snow Awards 2015 Best Specialist Tour Operator in the World.
Photos by Caroline Van t Hoff and Anna Henley
Feature Photo by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
The Return of the Champagne Powder
With the opening day coming up fast, our Safety Team is back in the saddle to get our mountain ready. Snow fencing, weather plot updates and avalanche control are in their daily tasks. The best perk about the job is that at the end of the day, they can test the product![sharethis]
– NEW Ski App
This season you’ll be able to check the weather conditions, snow report, mountain status updates and more, from the NEW RCR Ski App! More info.
– Trees are for Glades movement
We’re keeping Trees for Glades this season! Not only are we not printing a brochure, we’re also having a tree planted for each email signed up on our new Trees are for Glades website. Enter a contest to win a ski vacation on the website too!
– New Cedars Real Estate Development
The Cedars is a mountain modern duplex development that consists of 26 units. The First Phase compromised of 8 units has already sold out! Get more information on the new RCR Realty site.
– Corks Restaurant
Located at Copper Horse Lodge, on mountain, just across from the gondola, Corks Restaurant + Bar has a casual ambience with warm tones and a cozy candlelight atmosphere. Enjoy an experience of fresh, delicious, flavourful food, served in hearty portions, complimented by exceptional new world wines and great service from knowledgeable staff.
– Rocky Mountain Cat Tours
Experience the Rocky Mountains alpine in the comfort of a snowcat! Up to 12 will enjoy a BBQ lunch or dinner at the top of the mountains.
– Rocky Mountain – Guided backcountry skiing/riding
For a real adrenaline rush, take a ski or board snowmobile backcountry tour. You’ll ride up the mountain on a snowmobile to some of the most desired, untouched backcountry terrain; this is an experience the hardcore ski bums will not want to miss!
– Menu & themed dinners at Eagle’s Eye
Canada’s Highest Elevated Restaurant, Eagle’s Eye, located at the top of the Eagle Express Gondola, will be adding new menu items for next winter. Also adding themed dinners and mix & mingle nights that can be purchased as a ride & dine package.
– Easier Access from Alpine Bowls
High up on the slopes, hard-working excavators and bulldozers have made two mid-mountain runs, Blaster and Tailspin, more beginner friendly, as well as widening two alpine traverses allowing for safer travels to your secret stash! NEW winch anchors have also been added allowing for more fresh corduroy in the alpine including access to two new groomers from Stairway to Heaven. These improvements, along with NEW run signs across the mountain have perhaps tamed the Horse, but only if you wish.
Photo: Blaster Corner, reducing the grade will make it easier to ride. View more photos.
–Family Area Expansion
With an upgraded skating rink with double the square footage, as well as a NEW yurt conveniently located at the base of the Jelly Bean Express to make rest breaks that much easier (and warmer)! Once parents are ready to get in a few turns of their own, Kicking Horse Kids Care is here to help. Don’t forget to try the night tubing experience!
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