Summer in this area means hiking, rafting and mountain biking. Golden and area has been a mecca for mountain biking before Kicking Horse was here. And every year the Golden Mountain Biking Club gets funding to develop more and more trails. Most of them are more technical which means narrow trails, switchbacks, and narrow bridges. I have done a few but they don't appeal to me that much as they are a little too intense. I like to enjoy the scenery. The single track for the most part means keeping your eyes pealed straight ahead and nothing else. But they do have a few that are a little less demanding. One is from the top of Kicking Horse called scallimag. There are a few bridges but not narrow and the trails are wide enough to enjoy the ride. And with my ebike it is great and a good workout if you want. If you don't want, you can always use the peddle assist more. Good times. Video is of a ride on that trail the other day with friend Patrick. Both ebikes and regular mountain bikes are available for rent across the road from Vagabond at the base of Kicking Horse Resort.
It is one of the most enjoyable things to do. I love kayaking. We started doing it a few years ago and bought some awesome inflatable kayaks from advanced elements. They are so easy to get in the water without the lifting on and off a roof rack. It probably takes about 10 minutes to get them inflated and they are light enough for one person to carry. Our favourite spot for a quick and sometimes wet ride is down the Kicking Horse River that runs through Golden. Further upstream there are some crazy rapids that the whitewater rafting companies use. It is one of the top rafting areas in North America with class 4 rapids. But for us, we are on the bottom end of the river as it enters into the Columbia River. We have a few small rapids and we do get a little wet a times but nothing serious. The thing about kayaking on the Kicking Horse is the river changes every day. You need to figure out routes that are the safest.
We had our first trip of the season the other day and it was absolutely fabulous. One of our favourite is also the Columbia River. It is more of a gentle float but on a nice sunny day, there is nothing better.
If you are looking for some adventure come and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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Another summer is almost here at Vagabond and Kicking Horse Resort. We are both going to be open this long weekend. One of the many things you can do in our backyard is mountain biking. The biking in this video is a little extreme for me. But once the snow melts on T2, which is part of Kicking Horse bikers carry their bikes up and then ride all the way down to Golden. There are a lot easier places to ride than this but it looks pretty amazing. The hike without the bikes is great too and that is what I do. A little less hazard to your health.
Daily operation of the resort which includes the grizzly bear refuge, eagle's eye restaurant, kicks off on May 24th until September 29th. Downhill Mountain biking as well as the Via Ferrata starts later in June. So plenty to do right here and if you don't mind a few minutes drive there is golf, whitewater rafting, hiking in our area as well as in Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, kayaking, fishing and more. You won't be bored.
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It's that time of the year when the bears come out of hibernation and looking for some good eating. The perfect spot right now is along the road side between Vagabond and Golden where it is starting to green up, in the ditch.
Yesterday there was a mom and 2 cubs and a few second later a single black year. My record is 13 bears in one drive of 9km. Crazy.
There is no issue with the bears around as long as people don't start feeding them or leaving garbage around. Once they get a taste of garbage they end up getting killed. A few years ago in Revelstoke something like 9 bears had to be put down over the course of a few months. Very sad and it al had to do with people either feeding them or garbage laying around.
Video is from my drive yesterday.
Vagabond is closed for a few more weeks and will be reopening for the summer on May 24th. The gondola also opens for the summer season. Although there will still be snow at the top there are some great hikes along the ridge in both directions. Here is a link to more information on the summer season at Kicking Horse Resort.
Downhill mountain biking usually kicks in later in June once the trails are free of snow.
Reminder if you are looking for a great spot to base your sightseeing and hiking for the summer give us a call here at Vagabond 250 344 2622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vagabond is located about an hour drive from Lake Louise, 1 and a half hours from Banff, 45 minutes from Glacier National Park and 45 minutes from Yoho. All those parks have some fabulous hikes.
It is turning out to be a fun finish for the ski season here at Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort. It has been a different year for us. We had a lot of snow early in December and all of January. Then it was cold and dry in February and warm in March with not a lot of snow. What is means in order to get some of the nicer snow, you need to work a lot harder. If you like groomed there is no issue. The resort has done a great job of keeping the runs in nice shape. But if you like some softer snow you need to explore. T2 is my favourite run. And it hasn't disappointed me. A few days ago, along with friend Patrick from Selkirk Sports we had a fabulous run with surprisingly new snow. The hike up was one of the most challenging I have had to do but well worth it.
Vagabond is closed now until the start of the summer season the end of May. We are taking bookings for next winter and if you want to take advantage of our early bird discount, give us a call 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com. Enjoy the video.
Spring has sprung. It went from one extreme of cold weather to unseasonably warm weather for the past couple weeks here at Kicking Horse. Along with friend Patrick from Selkirk Sports we made a trip off the resort which meant some hiking and skinning to the North of Kicking Horse. Overall it was about a 3 hour junket which was absolutely fabulous. We found some great soft powder on the north facing back-side of Ozone and then spring skiing down the south facing Rudi's run. We can hook you up with a guide to do this type of off-resort skiing and never recommend doing it without someone knowledgable about the snow pack and avalanche hazards. Give us a call at Vagabond 250 344 2622 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your trip for next winter. Vagabond closes for a couple months starting April 2nd and reopens the end of May for the summer season. Reminder if you are booking direct by either phoning or emailing us, you receive a 10% discount from our posted rate. It is guaranteed the lowest rate. We do have some extended stay specials.
I always enjoy showing guests some of my favourite runs at Kicking Horse. And when we get some new snow it is even better. We had a nice dump of snow yesterday with 16 cms of powder. Friend Patrick from Selkirk Sports joined m along with a travel writer from England Abi Butcher who is spending some time in our area. It was her final day here before heading home and we saved the best for last. It was a bit of a challenge getting to the top of T2 but definitely worth the effort.
Vagabond will be closing at the end of the month and then reopening again for the summer season the end of May. If you want a great get-a-way summer or winter give us a call at 250 344 2622 or email email@example.com
We have been going a dry spell for snow in the past couple weeks. We are getting a lot of sunshine which is great and despite the lack of new snow the coverage is great and we can still find some nice snow. The season is certainly starting to wind down. But historically March has always been a great month for snow and we are hoping that will be the case again.
Video is a run the other day from the top of T2.
It's been a frustrating couple months but I am back skiing finally. I broke my collarbone on December 13th and have been out of action since. But I am slowly making my way back and made it up to both T1 and T2 in the past few days to test things out and we are ready to go. Maybe not 100% but good enough as long as no more big crashes.
We had a dry spell for about 10 days and then last week we had over 40 cms of powder. Although it is cold now with temperatures at night at -20C, surprisingly it has been rather pleasant skiing at the top with a temperature inversion happening. It was about -10C at the top with sunny skies. We have some rooms available here at Vagabond. Give us a call at 250 344 2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crazy snow here at Kicking Horse in the past couple weeks. We have gotten about 2 metres of snow at least in the past couple weeks and from the looks of the forecast the snow is going to keep coming. The past week we have received close to a metre alone and for the first time it has gotten warm, hovering around +2C. It is supposed to cool off again starting tomorrow and more snow on the way starting Sunday. The ski patrol has been super busy trying to get everything open but they are struggling to keep up. Of course our guests are loving it. It is very high avalanche danger right now . The backcountry risk is very high. Unfortantely because of my broken collarbone I can only pass on comments from other people. Everyone is loving the powder.
A couple friends did send me a video the other day taken from Canyon Creek which is on the backside of Kicking Horse and out of bounds. It looks fabulous. Hopefully in February I can get out and test it mayself but until then, I will live vicariously through friends eyes.
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Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.