One of the great hikes we have out the backdoor of Vagabond Lodge is along the ridge above us to the south. I did it the other day and never tire of the views. After taking the gondola to the top, you head along the ridge to T2 which is about 30 minutes or so. And from there you just follow the ridge as far as you want. You can actually hike all the way down to Golden but have never done it. A lot of that hike would be in the trees and downhill which is not that enjoyable. When I went up there were some crazy mountain bikers, one of whom I know. It is getting pretty popular. They carry their bikes up to the top and then ride and carry until they get to the last peak. From there they follow the trail that eventually meets up with the Moonraker Bike trails and wind their way back to the valley and Golden. It seems a little extreme for me. But the hike is fabulous. I stopped a lot for photos and it took me about 2 and a half hours return to the top of the gondola. And the only people I ran across on the entire hike were the 3 mountain bikers. There are not too many places you can hike in the summer in Banff or Lake Louise or Yoho this year where you will only meet a few people. It is busy, busy, busy out here.
We had a treat recently. A guest checked in by the name of Joshua Roman. Not only was a nice kid originally from Oklahoma, but it turns out he is also one of the best young cellists anywhere. He has played with some of the most prestigious symphonies in the world. He was the principal cellist with the Seattle Symphony when he was 22 years old and he didn't look much older. Joshua gave us a private performance(6 of us there) at Vagabond Lodge. He was kind enough to allow me to video and show 2 minutes of his performance. Here is a snippet of this amazing cellist. Check out his website and if he is playing in your area, make a point of seeing him. Here is his website www.joshuaroman.com
We have been doing our first hikes of the season in the last few days. The simplest from Vagabond Lodge is to take the gondola to the top and then follow the ridges in either direction. One of my favourites winter and summer is T2. They have a great trail to the top of T2 that basically anyone can do and the views are stunning. The gondola does most of the work to get We went with some neighbours today and it was a perfect day with temperatures in the mid 20's and a nice breeze at the top. There were still a few snow patches but nothing serious. There is still a lot of snow at the top though on the east facing slopes.
Vagabond Lodge is back open for the summer season and will stay open until the end of September. It looks like it will certainly be a busy July and August. If you haven't been here in the summer there are so many things to do from hiking the ridges as we did today, to mountain biking, rafting on the Kicking Horse River, golf and more. We don't call it an adventure playground for nothing. Here are some photos from today's hike.
Another season "is over" at Kicking Horse andVagabond Lodge. We have closed our doors for a month or so for a well needed break. It was a great one with some awesome return guests and a lot of great new ones. Lori and I thank everyone. The resort reopens and so does Vagabond Lodge for daily operation throughout the summer on May 27th until September 25th.
It was a great snow year from start to finish. And what a finish! We don't usually get much spring skiing but this year we did big time. The last couple weeks were the warmest we have ever had to finish off the year with temperatures ranging form 15C up to 20C. That meant the window for the best skiing starting about noon. And with all the great snow pack, it was beautiful from top to bottom. We had some fun.
A reminder if you are looking to come to Vagabond Lodge next season we are offering a 10% Early Bird Savings for a couple more weeks only. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
It's not over until the (no disrespect intended) the fat lady sings. We have had an amazing run to the finish at Kicking Horse with the best spring skiing we have ever had here. Great snow from top to the bottom with not many challenges in the way. In other words...no major brown spots on the hill or big rock gardens to try and avoid. And the weather has been sunny and warm..and not too hot. It truly has been outstanding.
We closed the doors at Vagabond Lodge last week and have been enjoying the last couple of weeks. Today was originally supposed to be the closing date but a few weeks ago the resort gave us a "bonus weekend' on April 15/16/17. So I get to rest my knees for a few days and have a few more turns on the weekend.
We are getting some heavy bookings for next ski season already which is nice. I guess the great conditions this year has helped and the low Canadian dollar. But I think generally speaking the word is out that Kicking Horse is a fabulous ski resort. Book your stay for next year by giving us a call at 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have our 10% Early Bird Booking in effect until October 31st but may change that date if we keep getting such good response for next season.
Some photos from this past few days here at Kicking Horse.
The end of the season is near but the snow let-up is not. It was another great week of skiing at Kicking Horse. We had some rain at the bottom a week ago but it turned to snow shortly after and had no effect on the conditions except more great snow with over 20 cms in a couple days. And so far in the past few days we have continued to get a few cms each day.
The "old farts ski team" headed up to T1 yesterday and found some amazing conditions with boot top powder. The resort has also groomed Terminator which is one of may favourite runs and now with the grooming they have knocked down some pretty big bumps. It could be one of the longest groomed runs in North America with certainly about 3000 feet from the top of the run to the bottom and the snow is great from top to bottom.
A reminder we are starting to look ahead to next season and are taking reservations. We have an "Early Bird" Special until October 31st 2016. Book and pay prior to that date and you get a 10% savings. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
It has been a winter that keeps giving! We had about a week of drought but it is over. 13 cms a couple days ago and another 10 last night and from the looks of the latest forecast more snow is on the way over the next couple weeks. No question it is starting to warm up which means the bottom will not be the nice soft snow we always find at the top. But when you have a hill that offers 4 thousand feet vertical, a change in snow conditions from the top to the bottom is expected. A couple days ago after the 13 cms of fresh snow, Patrick from Selkirk Sports and I went up later in the afternoon to the top of T1 and we found fresh tracks at about 1.30 in the afternoon. It was a Monday after a snow on Sunday. I love fresh snow on Sunday. It was all ours as you can see. The old farts ski team strike again.
Yes it does suck to be us.
We still have some room over the next month atVagabond Lodge. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or toll free in Canada at 1 866 944 2622. You can also email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a great trip coming up in a few weeks. It is an all inclusive ski junket hosted by Olympic skier from England Emily Sarsfield. We have teamed up with Kicking Horse Powder Tours from England to put this special trip together and it is going to be fabulous. We still have a few spots available. It includes everything from transportation from the Calgary International Airport, meals, skiing at Kicking Horse and Lake Louise, and a back-country ski trip. Heli-skiing is available as an add-on with Purcell Heli-skiing. It is going to be fabulous. For More details click here.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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