It was an impromptu meeting at the gondola the other day that reunited some of the members of the Kicking Horse Old Farts Ski team. Usually it is Patrick from Selkirk Sports and lately a friend of Patrick's, Al who have been making a trip up to our favourite haunts T1 and T2. This trip, Dave and Dave who are a couple of locals joined us. After about 14 cms of snow we decided to head up to T1` and found knee deep powder. We had some fun.
After about 4 or 5 days of pretty steady snow it cleared today with some fabulous sunny skies. I hadn't been up to my favourite run T2, since all the snow hit and today was the day. Patrick from Selkirk Sports and his buddy Al joined me to check out it. Video speaks for itself. Sweet.
We got pounded with some awesome snow over the past few days and the skiing has been the best of the year with over 32 cms fresh powder. I went with one of our guests Rod From Australia for some fabulous runs in the knee deep powder. It has stayed pretty cold too(-10C) which means the champagne powder everyone refers to about Kicking Horse. You can just aim your skis down hill and away you go.
Today may be the last sunny day for awhile from the looks of it. After a few days of cold weather(-18C) it is going to warm up with predicted 30 cms of snow in the next two days. Then it will be staying pretty warm from the looks of it with temperatures hovering around the 0c and even higher. Hope not much higher. With the glorious sunny day, a guest from Australia Rod, joined me for a hike to T2. We found some nice soft snow. Always worth the hike.
It has been a great few days at Kicking Horse. We have had about 25 cms of snow in the past few days. Originally the forecast was for 70 cms but that did not happen. The big reason is the temperature. It has stayed pretty cold which means dry snow. Which is the best snow. It snowed pretty well all weekend including last night(Sunday) and that meant the hill was ours this morning. Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined me for a hike to the top of Terminator Peak. It may have been one of the colder hikes we have been on but well worth it.
It looks like more snow off and on for the next week.
No matter what the conditions are like we manage to have some fun at Kicking Horse. We received about 8 cms of snow a couple nights ago and then yesterday the sun came out for a beautiful blue-bird sky day. Except it was super windy at the top. Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined me for a run from the top of T2 but we had a major challenge getting there. The trail was blown-in with snow drifts. Finding the trail at times was difficult. If you stepped off the packed path you could sink up to your armpits in the snow. But the worst was the wind which at times was almost knocking us down in a few places. But we managed to get to the top and had a nice ski down despite the challenges. The snow in a few places was quite wind blown but still fun.
We had a great group of guests staying with us over New Years. Some from Germany, England, US and even some from Canada. They were a nice mellow bunch which we enjoy. Most of them just hung out and played cards and enjoyed the atmosphere at Vagabond Lodge. Lori always puts out some great munchies to take them through the evening.
We sure enjoyed our Christmas break with our family. I had a chance to go skiing with both our boys. Video is of son Shane getting some air at the top of the mountain. We also had our youngest skier ever stay with us over the holidays. Our grandson Waylon who is 14 months old strapped on the skis for the first time ever and did some tobogganing to.
Snow conditions at the bottom have improved considerably with some new snow a couple days ago. We are still lacking at the bottom though. It is skieable but not great at the bottom. The temperature is staying pretty cool too. But that is usual for around Christmas. Here is to a great 2017. Cheers!
It was a Christmas to remember for us. Not only did we have our grandson Waylon stay with us but we had some great new snow and even some sunshine. I managed 1 run on Christmas Day with son Kori and his wife Elaine. I needed some excercise to wear off all the food I had eatan for Christmas eve and make room for another feast on Christmas day.
After a number of days without any sunshine it was a glorious day at the top with blue bird skys and new snow. Wow. We went up to the top of T2 and found a nice stash of untracked powder. The video is of Kori.
After a few days of being closed to hang out with our family Vagabond Lodge is now open for business. Bring it on!
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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