It was so nice at the top of T2 the day before, Patrick from Selkirk Sports and I decided to do it again yesterday. This time I took my video camera. There were about 4 or 5 cms of fresh snow at the top and nobody on the hill. One run is all I need after a 20 minute climb. It is definitely one of my favorite spots at Kicking Horse.
Our short dry spell has come to an end. Yesterday we woke up to 12 cms of fresh snow which was very nice. I went out with some guests from Maine. Jeff, Spike and Adam are heading to Great Canadian Heli-Skiing for 5 days so they came here for a warmup. We had some fun with the fresh snow. Hopefully they are ready for what's to come.
We have had another short dry spell here at Kicking Horse. The last snow was a little over a week ago, when we had the biggest dump of the year with about 40cms. The coverage is great and guests have been enjoying the blue bird skies at the top. I went out for a few runs yesterday and the groomers were really nice. Weather is calling for snow starting on Wednesday which will be great and from the looks of it, the fronts will roll through for a week or so. January historically is maybe one of our dryer months. We had a group of pro skiers stay with us a little over a week ago, including Lynsey Dyer who is one of the top pro skiers in the world. She was featured on the front of Powder Magazine a few years ago. Here is a photo of her taken at Kicking Horse while she was here.
Yesterday was perfect day at Kicking Horse. With close to 50cms in the past few days of powder, today was blue-bird skies with a nice bite to the air. Temperature around Vagabond Lodge was -10C and a few degrees cooler at the top, which meant that powder was nice and light and fluffy. I made two trips to the top of Terminator which was a challenge. It is good climb of about 30 minutes for me with a few stops in between. I have never done 2 trips to the top in the same day. But just the view was worth it, not withstanding the great powder on the way down. All our guests were raving about the day, and a guest from New Zealand said he may have been his best day ever.
Wow.Here is my video of my trip.
It was what the doctor ordered. Great dump of snow over the past 48 hours with almost 50cms of powder. I obviously went up yesterday but because of all the snow, any video is tough to get. Plus I didn't want to waste any time taking photos.
Will Wissman had a great time with his video/photo shoot. www.willwissman.com is a company out of Salt Lake City staying with us for a few days. Along with him and his camerman are 3 beautiful ladies who are pro skiers, Lexi Dupont, Jacqui Edgerly and Lynsey Dyer. They are off for some more footage today. Here is a profile of Linsey.
I always believe it when I see it, but there is a heavy snowfall warning in effect for Golden and area starting later today and tonight. Some predictions of close to 40cms of snow. Bring it on. I went out yesterday for most of the day. It was snowing lightly at the top and a little heavier near the bottom. Probably about 8cms in most spots. It was
The snow is starting!! After a short dry spell it looks as if we are in for a good dump in the next few days. Yesterday we got about 8cms and if you believe the weatherman, we are in for over 40cms over the next couple days. Nice thing is, the temperatures are supposed to stay relatively cool(-4C or so) which will make for some nice light powder.
We had a great treat here at Vagabond Lodge a couple days ago. The Labeuf-Taylors from Calgary have been with us before and when they checked in, I noticed one of the daughters was carrying a violin case. That evening we talked her into playing for us. And it was "Wow"!! The 17 year old plays for the Calgary Youth Orchestra and really treated us to a great performance. All of us were in tears when she began to play.
I hope you enjoy it.
Happy 2013!! Hope everyone had a good and safe New Year. We had some great guests who helped us ring in 2013. Lots of laughs, good food and a few drinks. We always ring in the new year by watching from our deck the fireworks from Kicking Horse. And then we blast off our own at midnight. We actually lasted until midnight too which was amazing.
No snow in the past week but looks like some weather is moving in later in the week.
Here is a photo of Lori and a couple of our guests getting ready to watch the fireworks and and there is nothing better than putting on some masks to bring in the New Year.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.