Sad day here at Vagabond Lodge and personally of course. We lost a great guy, great person and one crazy son of a bitch. He was a piece of work to say the least.
Bill James has stayed with us since we basically opened 10 years ago for a ski holiday. One winter he came twice and he was from Australia. He has been fighting cancer for the past year and his wife Helen informed us today he has passed away. The photos above are of Bill holding court behind the bar.
Bill could be found behind our bar every night holding court with whomever there was to talk too with a case of corona at this side. I remember on numerous occasions he would go to bed when there was nobody to tell stories to, only to return a few minutes later when he heard other guests come back from dinner. He was an entertainer and a character. Everyone knew Bill. Bill and Helen not only enjoyed their stay here but also made sure they got to know the Golden area and always made a point of checking out the bars and restaurants in town every time they were here. One winter they skied basically every ski area in Western Canada. If there was a lift in town, he was skiing there. Bill's wishes were to have his ashes spread at Kicking Horse.
I did find a video I shot a couple years ago of Bill skiing and have posted it below.
RIP Bill. We love you.
Ken and Lori
Yikes...woke up to another foot of snow. Overall we have gotten around 60 cms of snow in the past couple days and overnight it was another 37 cms. Needless to say I spent most of the day shovelling snow. I think this may have been one of the biggest dumps of snow we have received since we opened 10 years ago. This should set the stage for an early opening although I am not sure what Kicking Horse is waiting for?? Rumours have been running rampant they will open on the weekend of December 7/8 and then daily on December 13th. There is nothing holding them back now. Lets do it guys.
More photos from today around Vagabond Lodge to give you an idea of the snowfall.
Okay...winter is here to stay now. We always get a good dump of snow around this time and this year was no exception. It pretty well snowed all day and into the evening. We tried to go in the evening to a house party south of Golden and it was snowing so heavily we turned back about half way and returned home. This morning it looked like about 20cms of snow here at the base of the resort. Needless to say we spent most of the morning shovelling snow.
Here are a few photos of what it looked like this morning.
The resort is opening daily on December 13th but speculation is they will open early if we keep getting snow.
We have been having some snow off and on for the past month at the top of the mountain but until today, really nothing much around Vagabond Lodge. It has been snowing pretty well all day and this is what it looked like this morning in the plaza area.
Yes it is starting to look like winter and a great ski season coming up. The resort opens for daily operation on December 13th but if we continue to get snow, I would think it will open for the weekend prior or even two weekends prior to December 13th.
Bring it on!!
This is just a reminder that the Early Bird deadline for saving 10% on your stay this ski season at Vagabond Lodge is October 31st. So the count-down is on. We have some fun skiing here with both friends and guests. A favorite spot for me is to climb to the top of T2. It involves about a half an hour climb but totally worth it. Sometimes I do it myself, sometimes with a few guests or friends.
Here is a collection of photos from some of my trips to the top of T2
This is such a great video, it is worth sharing. It is part of Rick Mercer Report on CBC TV. He really is an amazing talent and in this video experiences climbing in the Purcell Mountain with CMH which is a big heli skiing company in the winter and they offer summer hiking.
Watch this and enjoy. Rick is so funny, even when he is probably scared half to death but still cracking jokes. In our backyard. The scenery is stunning.