SAM Magazine-Golden, B.C., Aug. 7, 2008-British Columbia ski area Kicking Horse has presented its new draft master plan. It proposes adding a signature 18-hole golf course, a densification of the resort base, and major improvements to the ski area. These include several new lifts, from detachable quads to conveyor lifts for the ski school beginner area, and a pulse gondola to carry skiers and riders from an enlarged day parking area. Two lifts would bring skiers into a new bowl, and a backside lift would allow early and late season skiing.

"The time has come to re-think this project, taking a fresh look at the plans, the markets, the community and what we have learned in the past eight years," said Kicking Horse president Steve Paccagnan. "Ballast Nedam, the owners of KHMR, are enthusiastic about the opportunity to make the resort even more successful into the future." The resort is sharing the plan with the community of Golden and the ski resort's employees via public presentations for discussion and review of the proposed plans.

"We see this as a uniquely appropriate time. Tourism is gaining positive momentum in the Kootenay's, and KHMR is well positioned to participate in the process of drawing the attention of international clientele to the interior following the world wide exposure of the 2010 winter Olympics," said Paccagnan. \