We know we are lucky living where we are and we do not take that fact for granted. It continues to be a great ski winter here at Vagabond Lodge and I am still amazed how busy the resort is.
Here at Vagabond, we are basically closed for the season. We do have a few reservations but just a few and are mostly return guests. We have been fortunate in our area and in BC, they have not shut down everything as in other places in the country and in the world. But on the other hand, maybe it would be better to close down the province for a couple weeks and get the case load down. It is a double edged sword, to try and keep the economy going but at the same time telling everyone to not go out or travel. We have had a treat in recent weeks when we have gone to the top of the mountain for dinner at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant. They have done a good job of limiting the numbers of people and making sure everyone is spread out. Instead of 100 people, they are only allowing 49 maximum. The food has been the best it has been for a number of years. It has basically been the first time we have gone out for dinner in months.
I have continued to ski most days with friend Patrick. It usually takes about 25-30 minutes wait at the gondola and generally everyone is doing a good job with social distancing and wearing a mask. A lot of skiers are wearing buffs instead of masks, which I understand are not good for face covering. It may be something the resort should do and clamp down on that.
The big concern we have is if there is a big case number at ski resorts, the government may shut them down as in Ontario. Whistler has some big numbers in recent weeks, as well as in Fernie, and Big White. Once it takes off, it is difficult to get those numbers down. BC Health is not doing a good job in their communication on the number of cases in smaller areas, unless there is a major outbreak. Here in Golden the latest numbers are 8 new cases but that was from over a week ago. They could give live updates but don't for some reason. I think this is not doing justice to the local community.
Besides the skiing we are keeping our heads down and waiting for our turn to get vaccinated which should be in the spring or early summer.
But in the interim we are snowshoeing and skiing. As I said at the start, we know how lucky we are and hopefully we can share with our awesome guests next winter. Video is some off-piste skiing a couple days ago with some friends.
It's the start of a new year and we can only hope it will be better than 2020. Certainly if the snow conditions are an indication it is off to a good start. We have been getting pretty steady dumps of snow and the skiing is pretty sweet. Friend Patrick who is in our bubble, and I have been trying to get out most days for a run and T1 or T2 are usually our destination and we have not been dissapointed. I have been surprised by how busy it has continued to be even after Christmas and New Years. I have no idea of where the skiers are coming from as our area does not have a big population base. Despite the directive from BC Health to ski at your local hill, and avoid non essential travel there seems to be a lot of people coming from outside our area. Our greatest fear right now besides contracting covid, is to have all the ski resorts shut down and that certainly is a possibility if the numbers keep going up. Kicking Horse Resort has done a pretty good job though of making sure it is as safe as possible in the lift lines and making sure people are masked up. Golden has had a bit of an outbreak of covid in the past couple weeks which is disturbing considering the limited health facilities we have here. We went from 0 local cases to 14 within a week and are still waiting for new data for this past week. BC Health has extended the restrictions until early in February. There seems to be a lot of people deciding they do not need to follow the directives. For Vagabond Lodge, we have basically had the whole season cancelled. We are hoping later in February if restrictions are lifted a bit, we can get back into business. But the key will be for the numbers to drop dramatically. But right now we are basically telling everyone to stay home and be part of the solution.
We are certainly luckily living where we live so we can take advantage of our backyard.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.