Kicking Horse has a new owner

2nd January 2012, by Chris Gill

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort [(c) KMR]

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort [(c) KMR]

Canada’s Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has been bought by the country’s largest private ski resort operator, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Group.

Resort officials announced the completion of the sale from the initial owner and developer Ballast Nedam to the RCR group – which operates five other Canadian ski areas: Fernie, Kimberley, Nakiska, Mont-St-Anne and Stoneham.

Kicking Horse has been growing steadily over the past few years, developing a base area and extending the amount of skiable terrain available. The resort’s president, Steve Paccagnan, will stay on in his role, and commented, “We are proud to be joining the RCR family of resorts. I’m confident there will be strong synergies across all resorts and opportunities for continued growth”.

And a spokesman for the RCR group said that they were equally delighted to add Kicking Horse to their ‘family’ of resorts. The mountain resort, known for its expert terrain, is the first, four-season resort to open in the Rockies in over 25 years and one of the few to continue growth in recent years. The resort recently obtained approval of a 40-year ‘Master Plan’, which calls for expansion of a recreation area, 20,000 bed units, and a multi-use trail system with two proposed lifts and 4,188 acres of skiable terrain.

The first phase, for 2011/12 introduces a new Learning Centre for families and beginner skiers, plus a new central reservations area; and alliances with local airlines and car hire companies for ease of transfers / arrival in the resort.

Last season, Kicking Horse visitors benefitted from new expert terrain, opened in its fourth Alpine bowl – Super Bowl. This year the ski area opened at the end of November with almost a metre of snow to start; the season has been a good one so far. Over 50cm fell on the slopes in the past week, with flurries forecast for the remaining part of this first week in 2012.

Sadly, as comes with heavy snowfall, an avalanche hit the Feuz Bowl just prior to New Year. A group of skiers triggered the slide. Fortunately, no one was injured and the area has since reopened.

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