If you believe rumours, look for an early opening for the winter season here at Kicking Horse. We have been getting a pretty steady snowfall over the past few weeks especially at the top where they have over 200 cms and the snow has started to accumulate at the base too. The resort is scheduled to open on December 8th for the season but we are hearing strong rumours that is could open a couple of weekends only prior. And the date we are hearing is November 25th weekend which would be the earliest ever for the resort.
This video is getting a lot of play. It is one of the outstanding ski videos and worth sharing. It was done in Nelson BC. I have a hard time watching the ski videos for the most part as they are all the same. But this one is very different and very good. Enjoy.
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It looks like it is going to be a good one.
Wow, wow, wow! What a special treat this was. Spur of the moment on a perfect fall day, we decided to see if we could ride our bikes to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. I knew the road had been closed for a couple weeks to motor vehicles but not sure what the state of the road would be. Well it was perfect. Even the Parks Canada people had plowed the road for us. Usually on any given day in the summer this road would see thousands of cars a day. You would not want to ride a bike. But we were the only ones there. Fantastic way to end our bike riding season. We now have a nice dump of snow on the ground around Vagabond Lodge and over 100 cms at the top. We are ready for winter. Bring it on.
Blaeberry Valley near Golden is one of the many hidden gems in our area. It used to be a little more user friendly about 14 years ago when you could basically drive right to the end of the valley where you could hike to the base of Mummery Glacier. But a number of heavy spring washouts has made it more of a challenge. This is also a very historical area for Canada as it was one of the original fur trading routes through the Rockies. Howse Pass is at the end of the valley and is a continental divide. The waters from this side of the pass flow to the Pacific and the other side flows to the Atlantic. It was declared an National Parks Historical site a number of years ago but the trail has been abandoned by Parks Canada a number of years ago and is overgrown for the most part.
But we were able to take our ebikes for the bulk of the road and then crossed the creeks on foot. We were hoping to get to the Mummery Glacier but ran out of time. We did see it as the video shows. It will have to wait until next year. Fantastic area.
Summer season is over for another year at Kicking Horse and Vagabond Lodge. We started a tradition a few years ago by having a barbecue at the top of one of the mountains in our area. We carry up a barbecue and whatever anyone wants to eat and drink and say farewell to another season. The next time we walk up to the top of T2, will be carrying skis.
You can book your winter and summer stay, by giving us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vagabond is reopening about December 8th for ski season.
Anyone can ride a bike downhill! How about uphill? We did it the other day from the bottom of the resort to the top of the mountain. The vertical is 4000 feet gain and is 10km. Normally the resort does not allow uphill walking or riding but this time of the year the resort only has mountain biking on weekends so we got permission from them to do this. Most of us had ebikes which are electric assist. It puts a smile on your race pedalling. You still have to pedal but you get some help if you need it. They are awesome. 4 people rode their regular mountain bikes up and I hurt watching them. Great day, great event especially finishing off the ride with a beer and lunch in the Eagle's Eye Restaurant.
Vagabond Lodge is now closed until ski season(about December 1). You can book your winter stay by giving us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
Hope to see you here.
More from our trip to Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park recently. This short video starts on our way down from Lake McArthur to Lake O'Hara and then around the lake. We started in the snow and got some sunshine as we got back down. Fabulous spot in the world.
We are so lucky to have this in our backyard. It is a big hassle trying to get here but if you can...do it. Lake McArthur is one of the many great hikes in the Lake O'Hara area in Yoho National Park. It is not a big grunt hike but stunning scenery in every direction. It took us about 4 hours return from Lake O'Hara. As you can see from the video the weather was not the best with some rain and snow but still a lot of fun. We even had some mountain goats near the trail and you do not see them too often at the best of times. Pretty cool.
The big problem is getting to Lake O'Hara. You can walk up the road but it is 11 km before you even go for a nice hike. And in order to get a bus ticket you need to go on line in April on a certain date at 8am and try and purchase them. They are sold out for the entire summer in seconds. It is a very bad system Park's Canada has for this. There has got to be something better. We talked to someone from Park's Canada and they are having a real concern with the number of people walking up. Over the long weekend recently they had 100 people who walked up which puts a major strain on the area as it is very fragile. That is why the bus. They want to keep the numbers to about 200 a day. The other concern is the number of people who somehow access the tickets and then just come up on the bus, take some photos and then take the next bus down without really enjoying what this area has to offer. They get to go home and tell their friends they went to Lake O'Hara. There are thousands out there who would give their left arm to go to Lake O'Hara and take in the beauty and hike through the alpine and savour it. Instead it is another photo to be forgotten the next day. I hope they get this figured out soon.
Enough of my rant. Fabulous spot. If you get a ticket, spend some time and enjoy.
Most fun you can have with your clothes on. Friends of ours have had some inflatable kayaks for a few years and we finally bought our own. They are absolutely fantastic for what we want them for. We did our first trip with them a few days ago on the Columbia River. No rapids or anything like that. We drove south of Golden for about 5 minutes and put the kayaks into the water and then paddled and floated down to the airport area. It took about 2 hours. A lot of bald eagles watching which was really cool.
This area just keeps giving us so much fun.
Toughest thing I have ever done! There I have said it. The videos below are part 1/2 and 3 of an endurance test I was put through recently. I joined 3 friends, Ross, his wife Laura and a neighbour Cindi on what is loosely termed a hike. It is a grind. We began our trip from the top of Kicking Horse Resort at 10am and ended at Gorman Lake(16 km) at 9pm. There is no trail but the idea is to follow the ridges all the way when you can. In between we picked our way through huge bolder fields, maneuvered our way along narrow ridges, scrambled down scree slopes, crawled down through narrow openings in the rocks, hung on for dear life on a steep cliff, slide down when there was a lot of snow, hiked up snow patches. We did this for 11 hours. It was relentless. The views were the most incredible as any you can see in the world and it was a fantastic. Just the 4 of us. Wow. This hike is not for the "faint of heart." You must be prepared for everything including staying overnight if you run out of daylight. We attempted it a few years ago and luckily had booked a helicopter to pick us up but we were still about 4 or 5 hours away from our pickup point but he found us. There is no cell coverage so my recommendation is to rent a satellite phone or get a "spot" to send a text message. All you would need it a twisted ankle. There is no way you could continue. Just a warning. Here is a link to more details on this hike. http://goldenhikes.ca/trail/gondola-to-gorman-lake/
It is finally hiking season. With a cool spring and a lot of snow from this past winter it has been a long wait for the snow to disappear enough to do any ridge hikes. But finally I was able to get up to the top of the mountain here at Kicking Horse and went up to T2. This is a nice hike that involves some steps near the top but nothing too serious. The views are fabulous. As you can can see from the video there is still some snow up there but you don't have to cross any to get there. Very nice.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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