It has been a wild week or so here at Kicking Horse. We managed to get away for a short holiday and came back in a lull of a week of snow storms.
Here is a quote from a Facebook site with all the details.
"Kicking Horse Mountain Resort received the most snowfall in BC this week. 161 cm, 63″ or 5.25 ft of blower snow has fallen giving KHMR top to bottom waist deep skiing. The November to Remember they said. In fact every hashtag out of Golden, BC has said it this week. And for good reason. The most recent 52 cm storm, bringing up to 10.5 cm (4″) per hour, has brought KHMR’s base to a whopping 238 cm, NEARLY 9 FEET! This has allowed the resort to have it’s EARLIEST OPENING DAY EVER. November 28th, 2015 will kick off the 15/16 season"
Yes the resort is going to be open on November 28/29 for a sneak preview weekend and then again the following weekend on December 5/6 and start their daily operation on December 11th. Give us a call here at Vagabond Lodge 250344 2622 for a taste of powder.
The great thing is..when the skies finally cleared these photos give you a taste of what it looks like here now. Stunning.
Here is what the storm looked like.
If you are looking for an all inclusive ski holiday this winter, check this out. Vagabond Lodge andKicking Horse Powder Tours have combined for some all inclusive trips that include everything from airport shuttles, meals, ski rentals, back-country skiing and more. Richard Barker who operates Kicking Horse Powder Tours dropped by recently for a tour of Vagabond Lodge to show his clients. You can give us a call here at Vagabond Lodge 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com for details.
The End is here.
Another summer has come to a close and after Sunday September 27th, Kicking Horse and Vagabond Lodge will take a break until ski season which is scheduled for December 12th.
One of my favourite spots nearby both summer and winter is T2 which is a mountain within a nice hike from the top of Kicking Horse Resort. The resort a few years ago built a great summer hiking trail to the top with a series of rock steps. It is still a good work-out to get to the top but more accessible to a lot of people. A fitting finish to the season was to hold a barbecue at the top of T2. It didn't take much to gather a dozen or so friends to head up earlier in the week on a nice fall day. Even friend Richard carried a little barbecue to the top. Fabulous afternoon. The next time I will head up there will be with skis on my back. Can't wait.
One of our busiest summers in 12 years here is coming to a close.
It's that time of the year when I start to think winter. As much as I enjoy the summer, I love the winter here. We have had a change in weather in the past few days which was much needed. Forest fire smoke from Washington State blanketed the area for over a week and it was not pleasant and sometimes downright horrible. And finally the rains came a few days ago and cooler temperatures and we could actually see the mountains for the first time for awhile.
Vagabond Lodge will be open daily until September 27th and after that Lori and I are shutting it down until ski season which is usually the first weekend of December. We plan to do some relaxing, visiting friends and family and even have a week in Mexico planned in November.
But in the interim we are busy getting ready for ski season which means making sure our regular guests and new ones are taken care of. As usual we have a 10% Early Bird Savings in effect until October 31st. Give us a call toll free in Canada 1866 944 2622 or 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and book your stay. This savings is only for direct bookings only and not available through on-line or through wholesalers and requires full payment in advance.
We are also working this winter with a company called Kicking Horse Powder Tours and offering some inclusive packages throughout the winter. They include everything from Calgary Airport pickup and transportation here, resort skiing, back-country skiing, meals and more. Click Here for more info.
Enjoy some of the last winter hi lights in this video I put together recently for a TV commercial.
It has been a busy week at Vagabond Lodge. A family reunion with guests from mostly New Jersey and one family from California booked the entire Vagabond Lodge for 7 days. We don't do this very often and when we do, it is usually maximum 3 days. They were a great group ranging from early 20's to some in their 60's.
It was great to see them take advantage of all the great things to do in our area and they had great weather throughout the week.
For the finale friend and chef Caroline Green put on a feast for them at Vagabond Lodge starting with roasted summer squash and coconut soup with lime corn salsa. The entree was bison tenderloin, potatao and fennel pave, roast honey balsamic beets and for desert it was Okanagan peach galette with ice cream. Wow!!
A Via Ferrata is a new addition to Kicking Horse Resort. It is a secure climbing route with imbedded cables, and steps. I recently had a chance to check it out. Outstanding. This is a video of the 4 hour route. Highly recommended.
A Via Ferrata opened at Kicking Horse on July 1st and I finally got a chance to try it. Outstanding. Lisa, who was our guide took a group of us on the Ascension Route which is the 4 hour route. Via Ferrata is a secured climbing route with cables and ladders and steps embedded in the rock. Lisa said the company who built it, said this was the most difficult challenge they had ever had, and they have built these around the world. The rock kept burning out the bits because of the hardness of the rock. You are always cabled in, from start to finish which is pretty cool. If you are afraid of height, then this is not for you. I just never looked down. Highly recommended.
One of my favourite hikes in the area is the Burgess Pass in Yoho National Park. The trail head is a few different spots but probably the easiest is at Emerald Lake. This video is one I did a few years ago with some friends Larry and Cindi. It took us about 9 hours to get back to Emerald Lake. Toughest part for me, was coming down from the top for about 4 hours. Tough on the knees. But the views are outstanding especially of Emerald Lake itself. You go through the Burgess Shale area which is closed off to the general public. The only way you can access the actual shale is doing the hike with a naturalist with Parks Canada. On this hike we added a couple more hours by going to Yoho Lake to have lunch. It is a little off the trail but a great spot to have lunch. You can also end up just outside of Field on the transcanada highway which I have done before. All good.
What a great hike. This is a new one or at least a new version. You could always scramble up to the top of Terminator but now there is a great trail to follow. Terminator Peak is the first peak to the south of the top of Kicking Horse and is one of my favourite hikes in the winter. But now it is one of my favourite summer hikes too. The resort has done an amazing job of building this trail with mostly rock steps which must have been quite a chore. From the top of the gondola to the top of Terminator Peak, you can do it in about 30 minutes and the views are outstanding in all directions. There is one section that is quite narrow if you have vertigo. The trail also is part of the Via Ferrata(next on my list) which is a new addition to the resort this summer. You get a great view of the suspension bridge which is the first part of the Via Ferrata. You will notice that in the video. Short hike but you get a big bang for your buck. Well worth it.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.