The video tells the story. After a couple weeks of temperature inversion where the top of the mountain was really warm(above 0C) and the bottom was a lot colder the weather had a dramatic change for the better. It snowed for about 2 days pretty steady with 25 cms of beautiful soft powder. And it came in the middle of the week so we didn't have to contend with the weekend warriors using our snow up. Sorry..I am selfish with my snow.
As you can see we had some fun playing in the snow. The forecast looks great too for the next couple weeks with cooler temperatures of below 0C and a few more dumps of snow.
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You too, can come and play.
It has been an interesting past couple weeks here at Vagabond Lodge and Kicking Horse Resort. Snow conditions have gone from good to ever better with some nice dumps in the past week and in January the crowds are gone and basically it is the locals. Temperatures have remained nice and crisp which means good light snow. We had one day recently where it was getting a bit warm(plus 2 C). We had a long spell of a temperature inversion where it was above 0C at the top and as cold as -19C at the bottom.
The big excitement was having our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stay at the resort with his family for most of last week which was really great. I am non political for the most part but just having him here is a feather in our cap. We had the pleasure of hosting some of his RCMP security people while he stayed. While they were mostly tightlipped about their role, they were very courteous and respectful.
I have been going up regularly to both T2 and Terminator and finding some fresh snow daily. Video is from January 10th off the top of Terminator.
It has been a great Christmas at Vagabond. Kicking Horse had a few nice dumps of snow just before the holidays which was great. And for the second year in a row we shut Vagabond down for 3 days over Christmas. We had some great visits with friends who we don't get to visit with once the busy part of the season begins. Colder weather has hit for the past few days -18C. But from the forecast it looks like it is going to start to warm up tomorrow and more snow off and on in the next week.
The video is from December 22nd. A great day with Patrick from Selkirk Sports. We did a climb to the top of T2 and enjoyed some great skiing.
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A great week on the slopes at Kicking Horse. After about a week of a temperature inversion with warm temperatures and sunny skies at the top and cloudy and cold at the bottom, we got a couple of great dumps of snow with over 40 cms in the last week. And the temperatures have stayed nice and cool(-8C) or so and even cooler so the snow is fabulous. I had a great day with son Kori and his wife Elaine with sunny skies after all the new snow. And then a couple days later I hooked up with one of the locals Ken and we found more fresh snow. It should make for a great Christmas for all the skiers in our area(and snowboarders) . Enjoy the videos. If you are looking for a special winter vacation in the snow, give us a call at Vagabond Lodge at 250 344 2622 or email@example.com
Have a good one.
All sorts of good stuff to talk about. Our first guests of the season have come and gone. We had a group of 8 from one of our wholesalers in Europe called Aeroski. One of their clients was Andreas Wenzel from Leichenstein. Andreas was one of the great alpine skiers in his era and it was a great era. Andreas won an Olympic gold medal and competed in basically all the events. He also was the winner of numerous world cup events. The group headed off after a couple days skiing Kicking Horse to Bobby Burns CMH lodge for a week heli skiing. That's Andreas on the left. Not sure about the guy on the right.
The conditions have been a bit strange for this time of the year. We have been having a temperature inversion with very warm weather at the top(above 0C) and beautiful sunny skies. And as you get closer to the bottom there is a thick fog layer and considerably cooler temperatures. But when you have 4000 ft. vertical it is not uncommon to have such a change but usually we get this later in the winter. Still some nice snow conditions at the top. I have made it up to both Terminator Peak and T2 to start off the year with Patrick from Selkirk Sports.
It was a great way to kick off another ski season. With over 400 cms of snow fallen at the top of the mountain the resort had a preview weekend on December 2 and 3rd. I was somewhat sceptical since we had some rain at the bottom area and was wondering how good it would be. Well it was great. I don't think I have seen the bulk of the mountain in such good a shape as it was. Nice soft powder snow and not a rock to be seen until the last little section below Catamount chair. But the resort did a great job of making sure there was enough snow to get to the base. They have limited snow making but with some great summer grooming it was enough. We are taking bookings at Vagabond Lodge for the upcoming ski season. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay.
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.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.