One of the great operations we have in this area is Purcell Heli Skiing. They have been in the area for 40 years and Rudi who owns the company was one of the first guides for CMH which is the big heli skiing operator in the World. Purcell operates out of Golden and their terrain is to the west of Kicking Horse in the Purcells.
I haven't gone out with them for a few years but today I was able to go for a day trip with Rudi and his operation.
It just so happened there were a number of locals heli skiing including Patrick from Selkirk Sports here at Kicking Horse. We had some fun. We were taken to the top of a mountain for our first run but it was quite windy and the snow was pretty wind packed.
Basically the rest of the day was lower elevation runs in the trees or in "Cut-blocks" where there had been some logging. It was pretty fabulous.
Here are a few photos from today. Hopefully a video soon.
Nice day at Kicking Horse. We received about 14 cms overnight which made for some nice skiing today. I was surprised by the lineup at the Gondola. Probably about 20 minutes which isn't bad but I guess school is still out. The old Pioneer Chair had nobody on it. I suspect tomorrow will be busy and that should be the end of the busy days until early February. My favourite time coming up.
I didn't get out until about 11 but was able to find some untracked boot top powder, especially along the side of the runs.
Visibility wasn't great so I stuck to the runs that had some trees for definition. I still haven't made a trek up to Terminator or T2, but soon.
14 cms of fresh snow overnight and still coming down. Highway 1 to the West is closed due to Avalanche control. I suspect the road to the east may be closing before the day is out. Giddy UP!! Stayed tuned.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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