After the lighting of the Olympic Torch in the town of Golden, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell he also had a surprise for local skiers.
He whisked off to a ceremony at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which lies above the town, where he announced the approval of the New Master Plan for the resort.
The newly approved Master Plan spans a 40-year period and calls for a world class, destination mountain resort. This includes an expanded controlled recreation area, 20,000 bed units, an 18-hole signature golf course, a multi-use trail system with 11 proposed lifts and 4,188 acres of skiable terrain. The plan is a major milestone for the resort and the final step in the process under the Commercial Alpine Ski Policy will be the signing of the master development agreement.
“At the Provincial level we have now approved Kicking Horse’s Master Plan,” said Premier Campbell as he addressed the crowd at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. “It opens up enormous opportunities; an opportunity to build tourism, to build this resort and to let it take the next step forward.”
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) is one of the first new resort projects built in Canada in the past 25-years. Since inception in December 2000, the resort has invested over $100 million and has stimulated an additional $100 million of investment from third party developers.
“This is an exciting time for Golden, Kicking Horse Country and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort” said Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain. “Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has the natural assets to be one of the finest mountain resorts in North America. With the news from the Premier, we are excited to enter our next decade continuing to be a major economic contributor to our community and playing a key role in supporting the province’s goal of doubling tourism by 2015.”
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has enjoyed steady growth since inception supported by the evolution of the entire region due to the effort and cooperation of all levels of government. This evolution includes the significant Trans Canada highway improvement project in the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Town of Golden’s Official Community Plan, and now the provincial approval of the new Master Plan for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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