Kimberley ski hill opening Dec. 20

24/7 work by snow-making crews makes Saturday opening possible

  • Dec. 17, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Carolyn Grant

It has been an up and down December for those in Kimberley doing the snow dance in anticipation of the ski season, but Mother Nature has cooperated enough this week to allow Kimberley Alpine Resort to open this Saturday, December 20.

The cooperation came in the form of temperatures cold enough to allow round the clock snow making rather than natural snow, but they’ll take it up at KAR.

“With the colder temperatures this week our snow-making crews having been working around the clock to make as much snow as they can to get us ready to open,” said Area Manager Ted Funston. “For the weekend we will be offering the Northstar Quad chair with the Main run, the Owl T-bar, and the Magic Carpet.  There is snow in the forecast and we look forward to getting more lifts and runs open as soon as we can.”

Matt Mosteller, VP of Marketing for parent company RCR, says opening day is exciting no matter how many runs are open.

“This is so much more than number of runs or which lifts as it is a celebration for our community,” Mosteller said. “The start of skiing and snowboarding season is a tradition.

“We are excited to get this party started to kick off the season this Saturday and look forward to sharing turns and Joy with all our skiing family and friends.

“We are also thankful for all those who are involved in the Tourism Industry in our community and appreciate all those businesses getting ready for Holiday guests & visitors to share the Kimberley good times! As we thank Tourism Kimberley, Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Destination BC for all their support.”

The Christmas New Years week is traditionally the busiest of the year at KAR and all kinds of free, family-fun activites have been planned, including Family Treasure Hunts, Family Dual Slalom obstacle course races, Kidz Korner Movie and activity nights, photos with Santa, etc.

Night skiing will start on December 26.

This weekend KAR is pleased to be offering all of their services including:

The Stemwinder Bar and Grill showcasing favourite local band the Oak Republic.

Ski School – will be open for lessons and booking multi-week programs

Mountain Edge Retail Cabin – open this week to come up and do your Christmas shopping

Guest Services – to pick up your season pass or get your Ski More Card

Rental Shop – come get your skis tuned or mounted before the skiing starts

Please call Guest Services for more information at 250-427-4881 or visit us at http://www.skikimberley.com/.