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Splash out in retro style at Kicking Horse

Mash up of spring skiing, funky music and retro gear

Splash out at the annual Sun Splash Funk Festival, which mixes up some great spring skiing, funky music and crazy costumes.
Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort 

GOLDEN, B.C. -  Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is getting set to wrap up its amazing 2013/14 ski season in sassy style with their annual Sun Splash Funk Festival.

The event, which blends fashion, music, good times and of course shredding some powder, happens during the last two weekends of the season - April 5 to 6 and April 12 to 13

Dig out your retro ski gear

The first thing you’ll need to do is dig into your closet for some retro fashion finds. After the many ski and snowboard trends have come and gone over the past few decades, there’s bound to be more than a few of us who have a stock pile of  “vintage” ski get-ups, just waiting to make an appearance on the slopes again. The Sun Splash Funk Festival is just the place to do it.

This is the time to resurrect your Sun Ice one-pieces, old-school Carrera goggles, Day-Glo zinc sunscreen and ultra-tight Lycra ski pants and wear them proud while shredding some sweet lines at Kicking Horse.

While reliving some of the trends of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s the crowds can bust out some sweet Methods and double Daffys while participating in the Dummy Downhill. Or they might be givin’ it their all at the Slush Cup.

During the second weekend you can mix that all in with a little off-hill fun in the sun; Saskatchewan’s acclaimed rock band Rah Rah, with an awesome hit called Prairie Girl, followed by Two Hours Traffic will be performing on the main stage  in the village on April 6.  

More spring events

If the Sun Plash Funk Fest isn’t enough to tickle your ski fancy, there are more events to choose from. “Kicking Horse has a super-full events calendar during the month of March,” says Matt Mosteller,  vice-president of  marketing and sales at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Wrangle the Chute is one of those extra events this month worth squeezing into your ski schedule. It happens March 28 to 29 and is “the ultimate freeski and ride showdown - an industry favourite,” says Mosteller. “This event hosts top skiers and riders challenging KHR terrain, and happens in an area where it’s a perfect viewing zone, with a beer garden and barbecue onsite.”

You can also expect some wallet-friendly deals in March, such as ski-and-stay specials, whether you’re travelling with your buddies or your family.

If you’re headed to Kicking Horse this spring for any of these events, you can count on some glorious goggle tans, complemented with some sweet spring conditions and good times. It’s pretty much the perfect way to end what’s already been a super-fine ski season.

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