Ontario’s Horseshoe Resort officially launched its new ski season last week with the debut of Kimble’s Karpet. The KK a new magic carpet beginner lift dedicated to Martin Kimble, who spent 25 years in management at Horseshoe Resort and retired last June.

Throughout his career, Kimble was always a dedicated and passionate advocate for introducing young people to skiing through his work at Horseshoe and as a board member of Ontario Snow Resorts Association. He spearheaded the project to bring in a carpet lift to Horseshoe and stayed on after his retirement to ensure its installation ran smoothly.

Ski area officials also took the lift’s opening day as an opportunity to announce that Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) of Orillia is Horseshoe’s charity partner of choice, with an opening-day special of a $10 beginner lift ticket (including rentals and a group lesson) with all proceeds going towards BBBS of Orillia. Horseshoe also have a tubing event planned for January 17th in support of BBBS of Orillia.

“We think skiing and snowboarding is a great healthy outlet for them. We know it’s not always easy for the bigs to find activities in the winter time and activities that aren’t costly,” said Sean Billing, general manager of Horseshoe Resort. “It’s giving kids in the three to 16 age range opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. We think that’s a great fit with what we do and a great fit with the instructors and coaches we have.”

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Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Resort.


SnowOnline Editor Lori Knowles